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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Fraxel® laser treatment?
Fraxel® Laser Treatment (FLT) is a revolutionary technique of laser resurfacing for the treatment of sun-damaged and aging skin micro-spot by micro-spot, or, in computer terms, pixel by pixel. The area between the treated micro-spots is left unharmed so that healing occurs rapidly resulting in minimal down-time. Return to the Top
2. Is the Fraxel® laser approved by the FDA?
The Fraxel® laser has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of melasma (mask of pregnancy), dyschromia (brown spots from sun and ageing), acne scarring and facial lines such as the crow’s feet. Return to the Top
3. Can the Fraxel® laser be used for areas other than the face?
The Fraxel® laser can be used anywhere on the body. Common areas other than the face include the neck, chest and hands. Return to the Top
4. How many Fraxel® laser treatments are necessary?
The number of Fraxel® laser treatments that a patient gets depends on what they are having treated, how much skin damage is present and how much of a correction they are trying to achieve. Brown spots from sun exposure usually respond faster than skin wrinkles and acne scar. Since these spots are more superficial, a less intense treatment session is also possible allowing for faster recovery. Most patients treating sun spots have a series of three treatments done about three weeks apart. More severe sun damage, skin wrinkles and acne scars usually require four to five treatments for significant improvement. As these sessions are generally more intense, they are usually spread farther apart. Return to the Top
5. Is there a limit to how many Fraxel® treatments can be done?
There is not a specific limitation on the number of Fraxel® treatments that can be done. In general, the more treatments you get, the greater the benefit. Return to the Top
6. Do Fraxel® treatments hurt?
There is a certain level of pain or discomfort associated with Fraxel® treatments. In order to reduce the discomfort, a topical local anesthetic is applied to the area to be treated for one hour prior to the treatment session. For most people, this is satisfactory. Others may benefit from taking oral pain medication or Valium® prior to their treatment. This necessitates having someone available for transportation home after the session. Smaller areas, such as around the mouth, can be anesthetized with a local anesthetic much like a dentist uses. Return to the Top
7. How long does it take to recover from a Fraxel® laser treatment?
The answer to this question depends on the level of treatment that you receive and your skin type. Those with very fair skin tend to take a little longer to recover as do those patients who receive more aggressive treatments for severe sun damage or acne scars. Most patients who have low to average level treatments look fine in three days while very aggressive treatments may take four to five days to recover. The first day or two after a Fraxel® laser treatment, your face is somewhat swollen and pink. It is not painful, raw or weeping like with a dermabrasion, C02 laser treatment or chemical peel. Normally there is little to no peeling but you may feel almost as if you have sand particles on your face after a few days. These are the micro-plugs of skin coming out after four to five days. Many patients will also get a “bronzing” effect after about five days which just looks like an old tan. Return to the Top
8. How much pain is present after a Fraxel® laser treatment?
There is a very mild burning sensation immediately after the treatment session which lasts for only about an hour. Return to the Top