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Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the benefits of Fraxel
Smoother, fresher looking skin
Improved tone and texture
Reduced wrinkles around the eyes
Improved appearance of acne
scars and surgical scars
Has Fraxel treatment received
The Fraxel laser has received FDA-clearance for
treatment of the following:
Wrinkles around the eye (periorbital
Age and sun spots (pigmented
Brown spots / pregnancy mask (melasma)
Acne scars and surgical scars
How many treatments will I need
and how will they be spaced?
Everyone’s skin is different, but clinical
studies suggest that for most people, maximum
results are realized in just 3 to 5 sessions. They
are usually spaced 2 to 6 weeks apart.
Does Fraxel treatment hurt?
Topical anesthesia is applied before the
procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area
during the procedure to minimize discomfort. After
the treatment, most patients report a feeling
similar to having too much sun. It usually
disappears after 1 to 3 hours.
What side-effects can I expect
after treatment and how long will they last?
You will have some degree of redness and
swelling. The intensity and duration depends on how
aggressive the treatment was and your particular
healing characteristics. Other temporary
side-effects may include minor itching, dry skin,
peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance.
You will be given specific instructions about what
to expect for your particular treatment and how to
minimize the side-effects.
What precautions should I take
Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher and avoid
direct sun exposure while you’re healing for at
least 3 months after your last treatment. Further
protect yourself by wearing wide-brimmed hats if you
expect to be out in sun.
How long do the effects of Fraxel
It depends on your particular condition and how
you care for your skin. Once your skin is restored,
continue to protect it as described above. For
conditions, such as melasma, it is very important to
avoid direct sun exposure.