What is Fraxel?

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Fraxel laser treatment provides you with a way to get smoother, healthier skin without having to undergo surgery. This type of noninvasive treatment is a safe method of improving skin imperfections using laser technology.

Benefits of Fraxel Laser Treatment

Fraxel Laser Treatment offers a number of important benefits if you have fine lines and other skin flaws you would like to minimize. The use of this laser technology provides you with more youthful looking skin by stimulating collagen production, which typically slows down as you age. The production of collagen helps your skin regain its natural elasticity and vitality, resulting in healthier skin. Since this is a noninvasive form of treatment, recovery time is minimal. Although there are mild side effects from it, such as slightly reddened skin, this is only temporary and fades as your skin improves.

Good Candidates for Fraxel Laser Treatment

If you’re looking for effective results to correct the following problems, you might be a good candidate:

  • Wrinkles
  • Fine Lines
  • Age and Sun Spots
  • Melasma
  • Acne
  • Surgical Scars
  • Actinic Keratosis

You can also have it done as a skin resurfacing treatment to make your skin appear smoother and more vibrant. Keep in mind that you might not be a suitable candidate if you’re predisposed to excessive scarring or keloid formation, if you’re undergoing isotretinoin treatment or if you have any active viral, bacterial or fungal infections.

What to Expect

Fraxel laser treatments only take between 15 and 45 minutes per treatment. You might need up to five treatments before seeing optimal results, depending on why you’re having it done. You should note that it takes up to three weeks for noticeable results. During treatment, you shouldn’t experience discomfort, although your skin might have a light sunburned appearance afterward.

How to Prepare

You should avoid using certain skin care products, such as those with glycolic acid, salicylic acid or retinol, for about two weeks prior to treatment. You should also avoid getting a tan during this time. This helps ensure that your laser treatment works as intended and reduces the risk of side effects.

How Does It Work?

Fraxel laser treatments start out with the use of a smart scanning device that helps target specific areas. When this device is used, fractional lasers reach into the top layers of skin and boost collagen production. This helps rejuvenate the targeted areas and ensures they have a healthy amount of collagen to minimize wrinkles and fine lines, reduce age and sun spots and correct other flaws as needed.

Fraxel laser treatment leaves you with smoother, younger looking skin, but keep in mind that it’s important to take good care of your skin to prolong these results. This includes protecting your skin from the sun and using gentle skin care products for cleaning and moisturizing.

To learn more about Fraxel Laser Treatment or to set up an appointment, please contact Hollywood Dermatology today.

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