Commonly asked questions about Fraxel treatment for hyperpigmentation
WHAT IS THE FRAXEL LASER?
Dr. Jeanine Downie of image Dermatology ® P.C. in Montclair, New Jersey, describes the Fraxel laser as a fractional laser that uses high-energy beams of light to target specific areas of skin. The action of the laser helps improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, surgical scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and other skin concerns.
HOW DOES THE FRAXEL LASER WORK?
The Fraxel laser works by creating tiny wounds in the skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing process, which helps to improve the appearance of the skin, addressing common imperfections with the skin, such as fine lines and wrinkles or hyperpigmentation. It can be used on patients of all skin types and is effective for both men and women, with noticeable improvements in the skin’s texture and tone.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE FRAXEL LASER?
Some of the benefits of the Fraxel laser include the following:
- improved skin texture and tone
- improved hyperpigmentation
- reduced appearance of acne scarring/surgical scars
- reduced appearance of wrinkles
- reduced appearance of sun damage
- improved skin elasticity
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF THE FRAXEL LASER?
Some of the side effects of the Fraxel laser include the following:
- temporary redness and swelling
- temporary itching and dryness
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT BEFORE AND AFTER FRAXEL?
When you enter the office for your Fraxel treatment appointment, you will be numbed for one hour before the procedure using a topical numbing paste to ensure comfort. After the procedure, you will need to be on a strict sunblock protocol and will need to reapply sunblock every two hours, even in the evening. We provide printed post-operative care instructions for you to follow closely after the treatment.
CAN I STILL GET A TREATMENT IF I HAVE COLD SORES?
If you are susceptible to cold sores, you can still have the procedure performed, but you will need to take a prescription medication for cold sores, such as Valtrex, during treatments. Let Dr. Jeanine Downie know if you have any active cold sores.
Actual Patient Results
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS FROM THE FRAXEL LASER?
The results from the Fraxel laser can vary, but most people see a noticeable improvement in their skin over time, though it may take up to two to three treatment sessions for some results to be seen.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO HAVE THE FRAXEL LASER TREATMENT?
The frequency of the Fraxel laser treatment will depend on your skin concerns. Most people will receive treatment once a month. After two to three treatment sessions, they begin to see some results, while it may take six or more treatment sessions for more significant results to be seen.
IS THE FRAXEL LASER SAFE?
The Fraxel laser is considered a safe and effective treatment for many skin concerns. However, as with any procedure, there are some risks. Be sure to speak with your doctor about any concerns you may have before undergoing treatment.
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WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT BEFORE AND AFTER THE FRAXEL LASER TREATMENT?
During the treatment, you will be asked to close your eyes. The laser will then be passed over the treatment area. You may feel a sensation of heat during the treatment, but this is normal.
After the treatment, your skin may be red and swollen, and you may also experience some peeling. These side effects are temporary and will resolve on their own within a few days.