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.
Most acne scars as well as tramatic scars respond well.
Fraxel 1550 "Restore" is my workhorse for most atrophic and/or discolored scars from acne, surgery, or trauma. Occasionally I also use the 1927 also, making it a "Dual" treatment. For pitted scars, I pre-treat with TCA cross prior to doing the Fraxel. Acne scars usually need more than one session. Seek out a dermatologist who has experience with this excellent and versitile device.
Fraxel for scars
First question is what type of scar you have. Keloid scars - large overgrown thick red-brown scars - generally require injections of steroid and/or fluorouracil to soften and flatten before considering fraxel laser therapy. At that point, some may be fine without laser, some may be helped with VBeam laser therapy and some may improve with Fraxel.
Acne scars and white thin scars are commonly treated with Fraxel laser, either the Fraxel Repair carbon dioxide laser or Fraxel Dual in erbium mode. Whichever laser is used, multiple treatments will be necessary usually at 4 - 6 week intervals. You should start to see improvement about a month after the third treatment and then results will build from there. Shallow rolling acne scars tend to respond faster than deeper icepick scars.
Another thing to remember about acne or other thin scars is that become more noticeable as your face loses volume. So correcting volume depletion in your cheeks, temples, chin and jawlines is helpful.
I hope this answer was helpful. Best wishes.
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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.
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.
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