Many patients go to the dermatologist to inquire about Fraxel Laser treatments. They have heard that this painless process can remove scars, eliminate wrinkles and fill in large pores. Most are happy to learn that the results are as good as they’ve heard. Fraxel takes less than an hour, and there is no downtime after the treatment. Tate MediSpa in Lebanon, TN provides Fraxel treatments that permanently remove scars and discolorations and make clients look many years younger.
How Many Sessions of Fraxel Laser Treatments Are Needed?
Most clients see results soon after their first Fraxel Laser treatment. The number of sessions needed depends on the area being treated, the amount of skin damage and the goals of the treatment. Most Fraxel therapy requires several sessions, spaced two to four weeks apart, with three to five sessions being the average. Results reach optimal levels after two to three months.
During your consultation, your dermatologist will recommend the number of sessions based on your goals and an examination of your skin.
What Exactly Is a Fraxel Laser Treatment?
Fraxel is a skin resurfacing treatment that uses laser technology to alter the texture and color of skin. The process is FDA-approved as a treatment to restore your skin to its previous, more youthful condition. The application of the laser “tricks” skin into replacing the old, damaged layers of skin with fresh skin. As this happens, blemishes are replaced with fresh skin, taking years off the appearance.
The Fraxel skin resurfacing process is 100% safe. As a non-invasive treatment, Fraxel leaves no scarring, causes no side effects, is painless and does not require a long recovery period. Fraxel clients can return to their normal activities right away.
What Does Fraxel Treat?
Fraxel technology provides a versatile tool for dermatologists to treat a multitude of skin conditions. If you want to remove a scar, heal sun-damaged skin or regain a more youthful appearance, Fraxel may be the best option for you. The FDA has specifically approved Fraxel for treatment of the following dermatological conditions:
We all remember the horrifying feeling we had as adolescents when we looked into the mirror to see a face pockmarked by pimples. Who can forget the years of applying acne medications and popping those outsized whitecaps? For some, when the teenage pimple phase finally passes, they are free from the shackles of adolescent acne. For others, teenage acne leaves scars.
These acne scars can be completely eliminated with Fraxel. Through laser treatment, the skin is induced to create fresh layers that replace the scars, providing a smooth appearance. In a matter of months, long-standing acne scars can be a thing of the past.
Scars are an unfortunate fact of life. They often result from prior surgeries, creating an unsightly appearance at the treatment site. Other scars result from accidents, such as automobile crashes, falls and bike accidents. When these scars mar the appearance, especially on the face, the results can be heartbreaking.
Fraxel has great success in eliminating post-surgical or accident-related scars. A course of laser treatments destroys the scar tissue and induces the body’s natural mechanisms to grow new, fresh skin over the scar site. There is no reason to let scars change your look. Fraxel can restore your natural skin over any scars.
Stretch marks used to be a part of giving birth that women simply had to live with. Over time, many treatments have been tried, but getting rid of these marks has always proved difficult. Now, Fraxel provides a solution!
This laser treatment eliminates these marks, resulting in new skin growth that restores your old appearance. Stretch marks are no longer an inevitable part of life. They can be removed with Fraxel.
Many people have large pores on their nose or cheeks, which makes attaining flawless skin all but impossible. Many people try to shrink the pores using topical treatments, but these attempts often cannot close these large holes. While large pores are not unhealthy, many people want to shrink them down to size so they can enjoy smooth skin and a youthful appearance. Fraxel gives them a way to do just that.
Large pores develop for many reasons. People with oily skin have an excess of sebum, which prevents skin from becoming excessively dry. The excess oil blocks pores. As a result, dead skin and dirt clog the pores, causing them to expand. People with fair complexions suffer more frequent and severe skin irritations, which further enlarges the pores.
Age also contributes to larger pores. As we age, the skin produces less collagen. Collagen depletion causes a loss of skin elasticity, and the resulting sagging and stretching increases the size of pores.
When these challenges lead to large pores, Fraxel can eliminate them permanently. The laser resurfaces the skin completely, resulting in the shrinking of oversized pores back to their natural size. Whether your large pores result from oily or sensitive skin or age, Fraxel can laser them back to size and give you the flawless skin you want.
We all want to look as youthful as possible, and Fraxel makes it possible with its “fractional” approach to laser skin resurfacing. This innovative approach alters only the fractional volumes of the skin that have become wrinkled due to aging or sun damage. The process creates invisible micro-wounds. As a result, the body initiates a microscopic wound healing process that forms new collagen fibers, and fresh, youthful skin appears.
Fraxel clients look years younger after having their skin treated with Fraxel.
Age Spots or Sun Spots
Age spots are common in people over 50. Also called liver spots, these are small, dark areas that appear on the skin. They most commonly form on areas of the body that have routine sun exposure, such as the face, neck, shoulders or arms. Age spots also form on the skin of younger people, usually if they have had a lot of sun exposure.
Fraxel eliminates these spots by treating the small areas where they form. After treatment, the dark age spots are gradually replaced by fresh, new skin, which eliminates discoloration and provides a youthful appearance.
Discoloration and Uneven Pigmentation
Pigmentation problems, such as hyperpigmentation, are perfect for Fraxel Laser treatments to deal with. Fraxel helps pigmentation issues by sending tunnels of laser energy into the skin, helping discolored areas turn over faster. This process stimulates collagen production and removes microscopic islands of epidermis, which improves discoloration in the area.
Two to six sessions are recommended to treat discolored skin.
Fine Lines Around the Eyes
Fine lines around the eyes are a common complaint as we grow older. Fraxel uses laser technology to create microscopic wounds. The microscopic healing process forms new collagen and, within a few months, fresh skin replaces the under eye wrinkles. Eliminating fine lines around the eyes is one of the fastest ways to achieve a more youthful appearance.
Fraxel Works for All Degrees of Skin Damage
Whether you have mild, moderate or major skin damage, Fraxel can provide the results you need. The end result is smooth, youthful skin with a refreshed appearance. Fraxel also works well for prevention and maintenance, allowing clients to retain a youthful looking appearance for decades.
Does Fraxel Have Side Effects?
Everyone wants smooth, radiant skin, but many of us fear treatments will come with unwanted side effects. Fraxel is an excellent choice because it comes with no negative side effects. After a Fraxel session, the skin quickly returns to normal, and newer, healthier skin shows through over the following weeks and months.
During your consultation, your dermatologist will ensure that Fraxel is safe for you based on your medical history, skin type and condition. The vast majority of people are well suited for Fraxel.
Is There Downtime After Fraxel?
Fraxel treatment does not require downtime. You can return to work and other normal activities right away. There are some precautions as far as sun exposure, so listen to your dermatologist’s advice. Also, our doctor will prescribe some skin treatments that are an important part of the process.
What to Expect After Fraxel
The First 72 Hours
The treated skin may take on a reddened appearance. Some clients experience a mild degree of swelling. The treated area may appear sunburned or have a bronzed look. All of these are natural parts of the process that will dissipate in a short time.
During the first three days, it’s critical to stay hydrated and avoid itching. Our dermatologist will provide specific instructions on how to keep your skin healthy in the days following the Fraxel session.
Days Four to Seven
Any redness or swelling decreases during this time. The treated skin may appear a bit crusty. It’s important to use hydrating lotion to avoid skin dehydration.
By day seven, your skin should have mostly recovered, though some pinkness and flakiness may persist for a few days. It is important to wear sunscreen, as the treated areas are more sensitive to UV rays. When outdoors, make sure to keep the treated skin out of the direct sunlight for long periods.
How Long Does a Fraxel Treatment Take?
Most sessions are just 45 minutes long. The laser treatment itself takes just 20 to 25 minutes, and the remainder of the time is just waiting for the numbing cream to take effect. The treatment is performed on an outpatient basis in our office.
Is Fraxel Painful?
Fraxel is not a painful procedure. The numbing cream is used to prevent any discomfort. Most Fraxel clients report being comfortable during the procedure and experience no ill effects.
Why Fraxel Is So Popular
Fraxel’s popularity can be attributed to its effectiveness, ease and low cost. Patients who undergo Fraxel report a high degree of satisfaction with the results. Scars, whether from acne, surgery or an accident, disappear within a few months. Wrinkles and fine lines underneath the eyes vanish as new, youthful skin rises to the surface. Age spots and areas of discoloration quickly blend in with surrounding healthy skin. Patients look and feel years and even decades younger.
In addition to great results, Fraxel is painless and results in no downtime. The in-office treatment takes less than an hour, and patients can return to normal activities right away. As a safe, effective and relatively inexpensive skin repair option, Fraxel ranks as one of the best.
If you have been considering skin treatment, Fraxel may be the right choice. It eliminates scars permanently and makes aged or sun-damaged skin look new again. To find out if Fraxel is the best option for you, call MediSpa in Lebanon, TN to schedule a consultation.