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Fraxel Laser Resurfacing

An Overview

Fraxel® Laser Treatment (FLT) represents an exciting new advance in skin rejuvenation. Laser Skin Resurfacing has been around few years, but Fraxel makes the laser skin care easier and safer. This is what makes Fraxel one of the fastest growing skin care procedures on the market. Combining the best characteristics of previous laser skincare technology, the Fraxel® laser boasts the precision and power of ablative treatments (those which use heat to vaporize unwanted skin cells) along with the safety and quick recovery time of non-ablative procedures.

Fraxel® laser treatments use the science of Fractional Photothermolysis to divide the treatment area into thousands of microscopic sections called MicroThermalZones (MTZ). The incredible precision of this technology allows the Fraxel® laser to keep the skin around each target zone intact, allowing the dermal tissue to recover and tighten much faster after the procedure. Meanwhile, the targeted areas, or MTZs, act like tiny, harmless wounds within the skin, triggering the body to produce brand new, healthy skin cells and collagen—a substance crucially important to the smoothness of skin. As an end result of Fraxel, the body's new skin combines with the skin untouched by the laser, creating a quick, thorough, and noticeable rejuvenation with fewer risks, side effects, or downtime.

Now approved by the FDA, Fraxel® Laser Treatment is considered a safe, effective way to treat a wide range of skin conditions, including acne scars from cystic acne, age spots, wrinkles around the eyes, and melasma.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does this Procedure Take?

Fractional Laser Resurfacing is a very quick treatment with Fraxel treatments usually lasting no longer than 30 minutes.

Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Side Effects:

During the first two days after Fraxel treatment, you will experience swelling, followed by redness, and then flaking after 4 to 7 days. Also, within the first 1 or 2 days, you may notice that your skin has a bluish tint to it because of the blue dye that is applied to the skin before treatment. This dye is harmless and will fade within a few days.

Length of Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Results:

Fractional Laser Resurfacing will not stop the aging process, but it will permanently treat existing wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and even surgical scars. As with other laser and light based treatments, you will require more than one Fraxel treatment to notice results. Only a certified skin care professional can tell you exactly how many Fraxel treatments you will need to see the results you're looking for.

Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Recovery Time:

There is no recovery time involved with Fraxel, but some people do opt to keep a low profile after treatment as their skin often looks swollen, red, and peels within the first week after Fraxel treatment.

Typical Minimum Cost:

$1000 per treatment area

Typical Maximum Cost:

$1500 per treatment area

Average Cost of Fraxel Laser Resurfacing:

$1337 per treatment area

Will I feel pain or discomfort after treatment?

Topical numbing creams can help alleviate any pain you may feel during Fraxel sessions. Most people who have had Fractional Laser Resurfacing before would probably say the laser gets quite hot during treatment and they felt a mild to moderate burning sensation.

Fraxel Laser Resurfacing can be Combined with:

Other Names for Fraxel Laser Resurfacing:

Fractional Photothermolysis

Fractional Laser Resurfacing also marketed under the name Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing

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