Fraxel Laser Treatments
Fraxel is a non-invasive laser treatment that takes years off your face and gives you younger and radiant skin. This revolutionary treatment dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, or any other signs of aging on your face.
At the Westchester Center for Dermatology, we provide Fraxel laser treatment from our dermatology office in Scarsdale.
How Does Fraxel Laser Treatment Work?
The Fraxel laser treats a fraction of your skin’s tissue at a time to give your skin the best results. By treating each part separately instead of all at once, the thousands of microscopic laser columns can penetrate deep into the layers of skin to rebuild it from the inside out. These laser columns stimulate your body’s natural healing process to replace the damaged skin with youthful, smoother, healthier skin.
What Will These Lasers Do to My Skin?
Your skin is made up of different layers and substances: the epidermis, dermis, collagen, and elastin. Collagen and elastin are proteins that keep your skin youthful, firm, and tight.
As you age, your body starts to produce less collagen and elastin which can cause the skin to sag and increase the amount of wrinkles and lines. The microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into your dermis to create tiny wounds which then trigger your body’s natural repair system to heal them. This process speeds up the production of new collagen and elastin, rejuvenating your face with tighter and younger skin.
By only affecting a fraction of your skin at a time, your skin can heal much faster than if all of your skin was treated at once.
What Conditions Does the Fraxel Laser Treat?
- Fraxel laser treats numerous skin conditions such:
- sun damage
- Fine lines
- Age spots
- Poor skin texture
- Uneven pigmentation
Fraxel laser treatments can be used to refine sensitive areas like the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. It also reduces the appearance of acne scars and surgical scars. Fraxel laser will create smoother and healthier skin not only on your face, but on your neck, chest, and hands.
Who Is Fraxel for?
Fraxel is for men and women of all ages – throughout New York – who want to improve the appearance and texture of their skin. Fraxel has different treatment options for your unique skin types.
Fraxel laser is safe and effective on all skin colors because it does not target melanin. Whether you are just starting to see wrinkles or want to reduce the deep lines in your face, there is a Fraxel treatment for you.
Are Fraxel Laser Treatment Safe?
Yes. Fraxel laser is backed by a team of scientists, physicians, clinicians, and engineers dedicated to the safety of your skin. With over half a million procedures already performed, Fraxel has an excellent safety record.
There are always ongoing clinical trials, testing, and research being done by Fraxel’s on-site biomedical engineering team. Our team of Westchester cosmetic dermatologists are vastly experienced in administering these laser treatments.
What Should I Expect During and After the Treatment?
After your consultation your doctor will determine which type of Fraxel laser treatment is best for your skin. The treatment will be done right in our Scarsdale dermatology office.
When you arrive, the area of your skin to be treated will be cleansed thoroughly. A topical anesthetic ointment is then applied to the surface of your skin. It will take about 60 to 90 minutes for the anesthetic to begin working, and then your treatment will start.
The laser treatment will only take about 20 to 25 minutes for the entire face. The anesthetic will then be removed. Your healing process will begin with some redness, swelling, or a sunburn sensation. This lets you know your skin is healing from the inside out. Depending on your type of treatment, you can return to your regular routine in as little as a couple hours or up to a few days.
- How many sessions are needed for optimal results?
The number of sessions required depends on the individual’s skin condition and goals. Most patients see significant improvements after 3 to 5 laser skin resurfacing treatments spaced several weeks apart.
- Are there any side effects or downtime?
Side effects are typically mild and temporary, including redness, swelling, and some peeling. Downtime is minimal, and you can apply makeup the following day if desired.
- Is Fraxel laser treatment suitable for all skin types?
Fraxel laser treatment is safe and effective for most skin types. However, a consultation with our experienced dermatologist will determine your candidacy and the most suitable treatment plan.
- Can Fraxel laser treatments be used to address stretch marks?
Yes, Fraxel laser treatment can effectively reduce the appearance of stretch marks, particularly when they are red or pink. The laser stimulates collagen production, which can help improve the texture and color of the marks.
- Are the results of Fraxel laser treatment permanent?
While Fraxel laser treatments can provide long-lasting results, they do not stop the aging process. Maintenance treatments may be recommended to sustain the benefits, and results can vary from person to person.
- Will I need to take time off work or social activities after the treatment?
There is typically no need for extended downtime after a Fraxel laser acne scar treatment. You may experience some redness and swelling for a few days, but most people can resume their regular activities immediately and apply makeup if desired.
- Can Fraxel laser treatment be combined with other cosmetic procedures?
Yes, Fraxel laser treatment can be combined with other treatments like Botox, dermal fillers, or chemical peels to address multiple aspects of skin aging and rejuvenation. Your dermatologist will recommend the best approach based on your goals.
- Is Fraxel laser treatment painful?
Most patients report mild discomfort during the procedure, often described as a warming or prickling sensation. A topical anesthetic is applied before the treatment to minimize any discomfort.
- How soon will I see results after a Fraxel laser treatment?
Results can vary, but many patients notice improvements in skin texture and tone within a few weeks. Collagen production continues over several months, so the full benefits may take a few months to become apparent.
- Are there any post-treatment care instructions to follow?
Your dermatologist will provide specific post-treatment care instructions, which may include avoiding sun exposure and using gentle skincare products. Following these guidelines ensures the best results and minimizes the risk of side effects after Fraxel laser skin resurfacing.
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