At Kwan Dermatology, we believe that every person deserves to like what they see when they look in the mirror. Whether trying to erase acne scarring, sun damage, or fine lines, there are many laser treatments that can resolve or diminish these conditions. One of these miraculous laser treatments is the Fraxel laser. This laser creates tiny pixels that penetrate the skin and repair skin damage by pushing out the damaged skin and replacing it with new skin. For every treatment, around 15% of the damaged skin is replaced – which makes it an effective and popular treatment. In addition, the treatments stimulate the body’s natural healing process – accelerating collagen production and creating new skin cells.
There are two kinds of Fraxel treatments; the original Fraxel laser and the Fraxel Dual treatment. In its original form, the Fraxel laser best treats mild to moderate scarring, fine lines, creepiness around the eyes/eyelids, and certain scars, whereas the Fraxel Dual treatment addresses pigment problems, brown spots, and melasma. Its effects can vary for melasma so it may not be the best treatment if melasma is the main condition you are seeking to repair with laser treatments. In general, Fraxel is best for younger patients who are under 50 years old seeking correction or diminishment of mild to moderate acne scarring, fine lines, etc.
During the procedure, a numbing cream will be applied to the skin for one hour to ensure a pain-free treatment. A thin layer of gel is applied to the laser applicators so they slide evenly over the treatment areas. The sensation is a mild feeling of pins and needles and there can be some mild discomfort. After the first 24 hours, your skin will have a sunburned feeling. We recommend using ice packs for the first few hours following your treatment. This will cool the skin and soothe any burning sensation. The skin will appear red for approximately 1-3 days after your treatment. Some patients notice results within the first week after their treatment, but every skin condition varies and additional treatments may be needed to correct more severe skin conditions.