Fraxel is a laser skin treatment that works beautifully to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage. If you have any of these concerns and are looking for a non-surgical way to improve your skin, read on to learn more about Fraxel laser treatment.
Is Fraxel Safe?
Fraxel laser treatment is extremely safe and has been cleared by the FDA to address the following skin conditions:
- Crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes)
- Acne scarring
- Scars from surgery or injury
- Dark spots from aging and sun exposure
- Hyperpigmentation (dark patches)
- Actinic Keratoses
- Skin resurfacing
How Effective are Laser Treatments for Acne Scars?
Fraxel DUAL laser treatment is recommended for acne scars because it resurfaces the skin, breaks up acne scar tissue and rebuilds the skin from the inside. The huge advantage of this laser is that it treats just the damaged areas and leaves the rest of the surrounding skin untouched. This helps the healing process to occur much faster. This means less downtime!
Does the Laser Treatment Work Permanently for Skin Pigmentation?
After 3-5 treatments, you will notice a dramatic difference in pigmentation marks. For some folks, dark pigmentation is completely removed, while for others there may be a light “stain” remaining. Only your doctor can tell you what to expect after treatment, depending on your individual situation.
If you use sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin, dark spots from the sun are unlikely to return. However, dark spots are caused by much more than the sun.
Some of the most common causes include pregnancy, the aging process, hormone fluctuations, and acne breakouts (with subsequent scarring). You can repeat treatments in the future if you notice new pigmentation marks. Your doctor can also prescribe you a lightening cream to use at home to help fade away minor pigmentation concerns.
What Should I Know Before Getting Fraxel Skin Treatment?
The first thing to know is that for 3 months after treatment, you’ll need to avoid direct exposure to the sun. This means that you’ll need to wear a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB of 30+ SPF) sunscreen on the treated areas.
Your doctor can help you choose the right formulation for your skin type (i.e., dry, combination, or acne prone). For an added measure of protection, consider wearing a hat or using an umbrella whenever you’re out in the sun.
Another thing to know about Fraxel laser is that just one treatment is not enough to produce the desired results. Solta Medical, the manufacturer of Fraxel DUAL , states on their website that about 3 to 5 sessions is optimal (spaced out every 2-4 weeks). Immediate improvement can be seen after just one treatment, but to get the full results, it takes about 2-3 months after your last treatment.
The last thing to know about Fraxel laser is that it helps the skin produce new collagen in the deep layer of the skin. This will help fill in wrinkles, damaged skin, and scars while strengthening the overall internal structure of the skin.
Get Fraxel Laser in San Diego – Beatitude Aesthetic Medicine
Dr. Aeria Chang specializes in treating acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and aging concerns with the Fraxel DUAL laser. She has well over a decade of experience in providing clients with beautiful results and glowing skin.
Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Chang: (619) 280-1609.