What is Fraxel?

Fraxel involves the use of the latest in skin care laser technology to purposefully stimulate the body’s own restorative processes by controlled damage done to the skin. Reaching deep into the skin’s second layer, the dermis, Fraxel helps to stimulate the body’s restorative abilities and thus new collagen and skin is formed. Older skin that is damaged is removed from beneath the epidermal layer, the outermost area of skin. The process of controlled skin damage in small areas which are separated by healthy skin allows for minimal healing time and highly effective skin rejuvenation.

Who is a candidate for Fraxel?

For anyone suffering from age spots, effects of the environment such as sun damage, acne scars, wrinkles near the eyes, melasma or commonly referred to as the “mask of pregnancy,” and even stretch marks, Fraxel is a great way to achieve clearer and more radiant looking skin.

Which areas of the body can Fraxel treat?

Fraxel may be used on the face, neck, chest and hands.

How many treatments are necessary?

The number of treatments needed to acquire certain results will vary from patient to patient. Discussing this with Dr. Gilbert is always recommended. Usually up to five monthly sessions may be needed. Patients usually begin to see changes over a three month period of time.

Are the treatments permanent?

Patients can enjoy long lasting results as long as their skin is maintained and well taken care of over time. However, age and the environmental elements can still cause skin changes as time progresses. Fraxel is a skin rejuvenation procedure which can be repeated if further unwanted changes occurs to the skin.

How is the Fraxel procedure performed?

The treatment begins by cleansing the skin and applying a topical cream to numb the treatment area about an hour prior to treatment. This is to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. The laser is then used to help the skin rejuvenate in the associated treatment area. The epidermis and dermal layers of the skin are treated, yet no visible damage is done to the epidermal layer of the skin. By only damaging specific areas of the skin, spread out over the area being treated, healthy and unaffected skin is left in tact to support the healing process and stimulate the body’s healing capacity. This results in the production of new collagen and even more radiant skin.

What should be expected during recovery from a Fraxel treatment?

After the treatment has concluded, the outer layer of the skin will remain undamaged while the deeper layer, the dermis, begins to heal. The patient may notice the appearance and discomfort of a sunburn and eventually a slight tanning or bronzing of the skin which begins to show in a few days, depending on the skin type. The old skin cells will slough off and the skin will gradually repair itself, igniting new collagen development. The skin should be treated as a sunburn, keeping it moisturized and out of heavy sun exposure. Sunscreen and protective clothing is a good idea. Patients can expect to return to daily activities within two to three days. If desired and if the skin is not too sensitive to the touch, makeup may be worn to help alleviate some of the redness to the skin . Shaving may also be done if discomfort is minimal. Every patient’s skin is unique so different recovery times are normal.

When will results from Fraxel be apparent?

Results will usually begin to show in about three months post treatment, yet every patient’s skin type varies.


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