Fraxel laser therapy is a resurfacing technique used to help with conditions such as scarring, wrinkles, and acne scars. Many people have to have several treatments before seeing results, and usually have to continue with treatments to maintain the improved effects. During the treatment, the affected skin is deliberately damaged to make the area produce new collagen and skin that will in turn heal the damage. In addition to wrinkles and acne scars, Fraxel treatments can be used on crow’s feet, age spots and sun damaged skin.
Fraxel Laser Procedure
To start, your doctor will apply a topical anesthetic before the procedure. The laser is then taken across your face in a circular motion over the desired areas. Many older laser treatments use a large laser on the skin, whereas Fraxel uses many small laser beams to target the affected area. Because you only treat specific, certain areas, there is a faster recovery time. Fraxel is not used on every part of the face like many chemical peels and other treatments. There is little to no downtime after the procedure. Since the laser is used on just one area, there is healthy skin around the target area helping to speed healing. All normal activities can continue however your doctor will usually recommend that you wear sunscreen for six months after the treatment and not to use any type of chemical peel or anti-aging lotions for a week prior.
Potential Side Effects
Typical complications include swelling and redness, itching, and skin peeling. The doctor performing the procedure will let you know when to contact him if side effects worsen.
Cost of Fraxel Laser
Fraxel laser therapy costs anywhere from $800 dollars to $1,000 per treatment. The costs may vary depending your geographic location, size of area treated, and the doctor you choose.