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.
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.
Meet the DoctorDr. Erika Sato
Certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Houston Plastic Surgeon Dr. Erika Sato specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, and body. She performs the latest treatments in cosmetic surgery as well as nonsurgical rejuvenation. Dr. Sato is committed to providing excellence in care while treating every patient like family.
Dr. Sato is one of eight surgeons at My Houston Surgeons, a world-class multi-specialty practice in Houston, TX with locations in Memorial and The Woodlands.
Am I A GoodCandidate?
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.
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.
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 ResultsPermanent?
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.
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