if so, what type of scarring would it treat best?
Does Fraxel Work on Scars?
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Fraxel and scars
Thanks for the question. Fraxel laser can be beneficial for scar improvement but there are many factors that come into play in determining where this type of technology will help your particular scar, including Fitzpatrick skin type, the character of the scar ( flat versus raised), age of the scar, and more. In our hands, scars that tend to fare the best with Fraxel Re:Store treatments are mature, thin scars in lighter skinned individuals. I recommend you followup with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experience in Fraxel Laser Therapy and have he/she evaluate your particular situation to see if you would benefit from such a treatment. Best of luck.
Fraxel Laser Treatment
Fraxel lasers can treat acne scarring very well. A series of Fraxel treatments can improve acne scars by 50 to 80%. Fraxel will soften and smooth your skin reducing scarring to a noticeable degree. In order to achieve this, I tend to recommend 3-4 treatments to achieve the optimal results. In addition, there is no down time for healing. Avoid tanning after any laser procedure.
Fraxel for scars
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Fraxel is very effective for many types of scarring. It can be used effectively for the revision of surgical scars. Scars that don’t look the way you hoped can be revised and improved upon with a series of Fraxel treatments. This can be done on any part of the body.The Fraxel laser produces numerous microscopic laser columns that penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate your skin’s own healing process. The damaged skin is then replaced with collagen produced by your own body. The result is a smoother, healthier appearing scar.
Fraxel treatment for scars
The results that you can expect to see after Fraxel treatment for scars depends in large part on the type of scars that you have. For example, a thin scar such as a surgical scar usually responds very well to Fraxel and may end up being invisible. As the size and thickness (or depth in the case of acne scars) and age of the scar increases, the more treatments will be necessary for improvement and the more gradually you will see results.
Fraxel for scars
The answer depends upon the scar. If the scar is flat, red and atrophic (thinned) then Fraxel re:store can provide some improvement. There are other situations when Fraxel may be appropriate, but there are many that it is not. It would be best to consult with a qualified surgeon who can determine which options would be best.
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