How does it work?
The fractionated laser system works to create thousands of microthermal treatment zones (MTZs) amongst untreated areas. These untreated areas provide an intact framework around which the damaged tissue can rearrange and increase collagen production, resurfacing and re-texturizing epidermal surface.
What is treatment like?
Treatment begins with the application of a topical numbing cream, which is given 40 minutes to an hour to absorb. During this time, patients can read, conduct business, or relax. After the cream is removed, treatment takes from 10 to 15 minutes and is generally well tolerated.
Is there downtime?
Patients can immediately return to normal activities, as there is a minimal recovery period. A mild heat sensation returns in about an hour, and there is no rawness, oozing, or scabbing. Minor swelling and redness subsides in 2 to 5 days, and patients can expedite the healing process by reducing salt intake and sleeping slightly inclined.
How long does it take to see pore shrinkage?
Three to five sessions is the gold standard for Fraxel treatments, each spaced two to four weeks apart. In addition to pore shrinkage, patients can look forward to brown spot reduction, scar diminishment, fine lines and wrinkle smoothing, and generalized skin tightening and rejuvenation.