Fraxel® laser treatments are non-surgical skin resurfacing procedures to rejuvenate the skin. The Fraxel® laser can diminish fine lines and wrinkles, lighten pigmented lesions and melasma, smooth acne scars and rough skin, improve sun damage, shrink enlarged pores, and treat pre-cancerous Actinic Keratosis (AK). Fraxel® therapy is fractionated laser resurfacing, meaning that only a portion or fraction of the skin is treated in a session. The treatment uses a laser beam that penetrates deep into the skin creating thousands of pinpoint channels. The surrounding non-affected tissue then promotes rapid healing. The skin’s healing response to Fraxel® therapy boosts natural collagen production to create firm, youthful, rejuvenated skin for up to 6 months after each treatment. Excellent results can be obtained in just one treatment, but the optimal number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient.
Fraxel® Laser Treatment Considerations
During your Fraxel® laser treatment consultation with Dr. Erika Sato, she will discuss with you your concerns about your skin and expectations and goals for the procedure. Most areas of the body can be treated with Fraxel® laser skin therapy. The most popular areas are the face, neck, chest, and hands.
Who is a good candidate for Fraxel® laser treatment?
Most healthy adults are potential candidates for the Fraxel® laser. Dr. Sato will examine you and review your medical history in order to determine whether Fraxel® therapy is right for you.
What happens during Fraxel® laser treatment?
A topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area and left in place for 45 minutes to one hour allowing it to take effect. The Fraxel® treatment involves passing a special light wand over the surface of the skin and lasts about 30 minutes. The treatment can cause mild discomfort, usually described as a stinging sensation.
What can I expect while recovering from Fraxel® laser treatment?
After Fraxel® laser therapy, you can expect your skin to redden or swell slightly, similar to a minor sunburn. Mild peeling or flaking may also occur. For a few months following the Fraxel® treatment, your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light. Patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen daily to limit sun exposure and promote optimal results.
Are the results of Fraxel® laser treatment permanent?
The results of Fraxel® laser skin therapy can be sustained with good skin care, including daily sunscreen with minimal direct exposure to ultraviolet light and a maintenance treatment 1-2 times per year.
Are you interested in Fraxel® laser treatment in Houston? Contact Dr. Erika Sato today for a consultation.