i saw a brochure for fraxel laser at my dermatologist. it seems like it works on lots of skin problems. is fraxel better for some skin problems than others?
Fraxel Laser Surgery Recommendation
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Fraxel laser surgery works
Yes, Fraxel works well on uneven brown discoloration (sunspots) and uneven texture from pores or sun damage, and acne scars. Considering the very low down time of Fraxel, it’s amazing that we do see the results that are achieved!
Fraxel treats skin texture and pigment irregularities
Fraxel laser is a treatment for textural problems, such as fine lines, sun damage, acne scars, and pigment irregularities (such as melasma, sun spots, and discolored scars).
The name Fraxel is a brand name and refers to one type of fractionated resurfacing laser. There are many brand names of fractionated resurfacing lasers, but all operate under the same basic principles. Instead of treating the entire skin surface at once, which would require a lot of downtime and carry increased risks or scarring and discoloration, fractionated resurfacing treats tiny spots and columns of skin at a time-- it treats a fraction of the entire skin surface. This allows for much less downtime while still providing great results.
There are 2 different types of fractionated resurfacing lasers, ablative and non ablative. The difference between these is that with the ablative lasers there is some downtime, usually about a week, and people typically need only 1 or 2 treatments in order to see the results they want. With the non-ablative fractionated lasers, there is very little downtime, usually no more than 2 days, but you need to have more treatments (3-6) in order to achieve the results you want. The number of treatments required also depends on the condition of your skin before you begin treatment, and the issues you are trying to address and correct.
Fraxel laser surgery for skin improvement
Fraxel works well to improve the texture and tone of the skin, to improve acne scars, to address facial lines, and treat some sun-damaged skin (e.g. brown spots).
It is not as useful for rosacea, melasma, or stretch marks.
Like most modalities, the treatment's success is dependent on the expertise of the user and the ability to use the correct modality or to combine to have the correct mix of modalities for a given problem.
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Fraxel repair works well at making patients look younger. It works well on wrinkles, brown spots, vascular dyschromias, pre-cancer skin lesions, acne scars, surgical scars, and on tightening the lax skin around the eyes and neck.
Fraxel is great for improving skin texture and treating acne scars
We have had great results treating acne scars in patients with many different skin types. It takes 4 to 6 treatments but even after one treatment the skin feels softer, looks brighter and has less irregularity.
The downtime is minimal with redness and swelling lasting 2 to 5 days but easily covered with makeup.
We have treated quite a few men with fraxel for pigmentation, fine lines and enlarged pores and they love the results. Their skin looks more youthful and they tolerate the treatment quite well with only a sunburn look for 3-5days.
Fraxel is very versatile
I moved from another frational resurfacing sysytem to Fraxel several months ago, and the difference in my patients' results have been dramatic. The newest Fraxel system is fast, and pain is definitely reduced. I find it is safe for more skin types.
I use Fraxel for aging skin to reduce the fine lines that are too shallow to fill, and the bonus is that since it stimulates your OWN collagen, the results last longer. Brown spots fade and the skin gets a dewy, luminous glow, even better than Intense Pulsed Light treatments achieve. Fraxel is also my first choice now for acne scars and the results rival dermabrasion, albeit it does require multiple sessions.
Multiple indications for Fraxel laser
The Fraxel Dual laser is my go to for many problems I see commonly in my patients: wrinkles and brown spots from years of sun damage, stretch marks and acne scars. I frequently combine it with other lasers and treatments to speed results. I can use it to treat the face and body safely and effectively.
However, remember that when you have a hammer, everything may start to look like a nail. So speak with your physician not about what the Fraxel can treat, but about what you want treated and the best way to accomplish your goals.
I hope that answer helps. Best wishes.
Fraxel for skin improvement
Fraxel Ablative and Non-Ablative
Before electing to have a laser treatment done, it’s important to discuss with your provider if you are a candidate, the anticipated recovery time and outcome expectations.