Who is a good candidate for Fraxel® laser treatment?
Most healthy adults are potential candidates for the Fraxel® laser. Dr. Erika 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 10-15 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.