Fraxel Lasers

Fraxel lasers are the original, gold-standard lasers using fractional technology.  They are used to resurface and rejuvenate the skin. Both lasers can also be used on other areas of the body, such as the hands or chest.

What are Fraxel lasers used for?

  • Fine lines
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Stretch marks
  • Enlarged pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sunspots
  • melasma
  • Acne scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Smoother texture
  • Sun damaged skin

Fraxel lasers work by creating tiny areas of mico-damage, which stimulates the skin cells to repair and generate fresh, healthy skin cells more rapidly.  The skin is jump-started into producing more collagen, the framework that is responsible for firm, youthful skin.

Fraxel lasers: What’s the difference?

The Fraxel lasers differ in the depth of skin they target, and the amount of regeneration they stimulate.

Fraxel:Repair is ablative; meaning it removes tissue.  Fraxel:Repair is a more powerful laser- it removes the epidermis (the outer layer of skin).  This means more post-treatment redness, scaling, peeling, and swelling.  However, this laser also has unparalled, dramatic skin-rejuvenation results after one or two treatments.

Fraxel:Restore is non-ablative; meaning it does not remove any tissue.  Thus, there is less recovery time and less post-treatment peeling, redness, and swelling.  Fraxel:Restore also provides fantastic skin rejuvenation results, but multiple treatments are needed.

Fraxel Dual is a new subset of the Fraxel lasers that has a special effectiveness in treating hyperpigmentation, brown spots, sun damage, and melasma.

Recovery from Fraxel:Repair depends on the level of power used and the surface area treated. Typically, redness will take about two weeks to fade.  It takes about two months in order to see peak results.   For the first few weeks, you must avoid the sun.   After the redness and swelling have gone down, it is imperative that you wear sunblock and/or a hat when you are outside.  Sun exposure interferes with results from Fraxel laser treatments.

Because Fraxel stimulates your own skin cells to regenerate, reaching maximum results will take time.  Peak results take up to six months, but your skin will continue to improve every day.  The number of treatments needed varies with each patient.