I have fine lines directly under my eyes. My doctor applied Botox to the outer eye area (where the lines were very minimal); but I still have fine lines. I've tried Fraxel under my eyes about 6 times last year, and saw a vast improvement. They still bother me though. Should I go back for more Fraxel to build more collagen? Thanks.
Is the fraxel laser good for under eye wrinkles?
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Lines under the eyes
my favourite laser for treating lines under the eyes is a combination of Fraxel Re-Store and Fraxel Re-pair. some patients might only need one or the other but I have seen better much lasting results with a combination treatment.
additionally Botox is a great adjunct to the laser treatment
Combination therapy for under eye wrinkles
The best way to treat the under eye area is through combination therapy. This includes the use of Fraxel, Botox and Restylane to achieve the desired result.
Fraxel for under eye wrinkles
Fraxel can work well for people with fine lines under their eyes. Other options include CO2 laser, which produces a more dramatic effect or a lower blepharoplasty if you have excess skin and/or fat. A plastic surgeon can evaulate you and help you decide what would be the best course of action for you!
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Fraxel for Wrinkles
Yes, you may need another fraxel for the lines under your eyes
Fraxel and under eye wrinkles
This device is great for improving under eye wrinkles. In a younger patient with early lines, I would recommend the Fraxel Restore device. For deeper wrinkles, it may be time for you to try the Fraxel Repair device to achieve the best results.
Fraxel works for fine lines and wrinkles
Fraxel works for fine lines and wrinkles but if your wrinkles are right under your lashes they aren't reached by the laser. These types of wrinkles are best treated by lower eyelid lift. Lower lid blepharoplasty is a surgery that involves bruising and a week or two of recovery, longer for all of the swelling to down. If surgery isn't for you, continuing to do the Fraxel is fine. You have a lot of experience with it and should know what to expect.
The more laser treatments, the better the results
The more treatments you get the better. Remember, the more aggressive the treatment (ablative CO2 laser is more aggressive than non-ablative lasers) the better the results. If you want almost no downtime it will take many treatments to get the same results as a ablative laser which will have 1-2 weeks of redness and healing.
If you liked past Fractional Laser results, I would suggest another treatment, however,
You may wish to discuss the treatment settings with your physician. If you are doing 6 treatments per year, it is likely you could adjust the settings to get a bit more dramatic result. That said, and without seeing you in person, your physician may have good reason to keep you a lower setting with more frequent treatments. Just talk about it with him/her. Communication is the key to get the results you want. Good luck.
Laser Resurfacing AND Botulinum Toxin May Be Useful For Periorbital Wrinkles
It sounds like you might be a candidate for carbon dioxide laser resurfacing and botulinum toxin. The laser resurfacing can help with lines present at rest and after the botulinum toxin has taken affect and the botulinum toxin can help the lines created by the muscle motion.