Can Fraxel Treatment Cause Skin to Start to Look Older Three Years After Treatment?

Three years after Fraxel treatment I have started to develop these very fine troughs and ridges on my face. It looks most like the skin of a person about 60 years old (I am in my 20's). I am worried that my Fraxel treatment caused these lines---and that they will grow worse. If Fraxel did not cause this condition, what else could have?

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Fraxel long term results

Although I have never seen what you describe as a result of Fraxel, it is always important to look into possibilities of scenarios that are not expected in normal situations when more obvious answers are not evident. Possibly a biopsy might provide an answer but this could leave a small scar. If you can't see the doctor who treated you, you might want to see either Dr. Ron Moy or Dr. Gary Lask in L. A.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Skin Looks Older Three Years After Fractionated Laser Treatment

Hi Akurei,

In my 8 years of Fraxel (Solta) use, I have not seen or heard of this type of response.  You likely had Fraxel restore or refine treatment if you are in your 20's (if you were indeed treated with a true Fraxel product and not another fractionated laser, of which there are many).  Those are non-ablative laser treatments that should not result in fine troughs and ridges on the face.  It is difficult to say what caused your condition, and giving you a treatment plan to help without examining your skin.  You should consult with your treating physician, a dermatologist, and/or a Fraxel expert. Please let us know the type of laser (company) that was used as well as the settings and the number of treatments that you had.  Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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