Fraxel® Columbus OH
Video: Facial Anti-aging Treatments
Dr. James McMahan discusses a wide range of anti-aging skin treatments. From the Obagi® skin care products to dermal fillers to laser treatments and microdermabrasion and surgical solutions, patients can select the best treatments for them. Dr. McMahan encourages his patients to choose conservative treatments when possible.
Fraxel® Laser has created a revolution in the field of laser-based cosmetic treatments. It helps make a person appear rejuvenated and youthful, and reduces the effects of aging. People who suffer from sun damage, wrinkles or facial lines can achieve amazing results with a series of treatments. The recovery period after the treatment is also fairly short, so the patient can resume normal activities quickly with revitalized skin and a renewed zest for life.
How It Works
Fraxel® Laser treatment aims at manipulating tiny volumes of the tissue in the target surface area of the skin. The microscopic wounds within the skin result in a wound healing process that causes coagulation of collagen fibers in the skin. In effect, the skin that has been cracked, sunburnt or wrinkled simply due to aging regains its youthfulness and results in an improved appearance. The effect of several Fraxel® laser treatments is generation of new elastic and collagen fibers in the dermis that have been lost through aging and sun exposure.
Fraxel® “Re:store” is a noninvasive treatment that can be used for treating mildly to severely sun damaged skin. The treatment includes a series of three to six procedures, which are typically done at four to six week intervals. Downtime after a session depends on how aggressive the treatment session is. There is generally no bleeding, scabbing, oozing or bruising with the treatment. You are pink and swollen for about three days for a lower level treatment and five days for more aggressive treatments. Immediately after a Fraxel® laser treatment, you feel like you have a sunburn; you can actually feel the heat radiating off of your face. For the next 48 hours, you should keep your head elevated as much as possible and liberally use ice packs on your skin. The better you follow these instructions, the less swelling you have and the faster you will recover.
What Fraxel® Treats
Fraxel® treatments help with fine lines, age spots, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and acne scarring. Patients notice that the tone of their skin is more even and the texture is smoother.
Fraxel® laser treatments are performed in the office using both topical and local anesthesia. A topical anesthetic gel is placed on the face for one hour, after which, lidocaine is injected in several areas to ease the discomfort of the treatment. In addition, an assistant blows ice-cold air onto the areas being treated throughout the procedure. A full-face treatment takes about twenty minutes.
The Fraxel® laser can be used on almost any area of the body for skin rejuvenation. Common areas other than the face include the neck, chest and hands. Because of the limitation of the amount of topical anesthetic that can be used, only two body areas (such as face and neck or chest and hands) can be done at one sitting.
Are You A Candidate For Fraxel® Treatments?
Good candidates for The Fraxel® laser are those who have blemishes and wrinkles that appear on the skin’s surface. The treatment can be adjusted to fit the needs of each individual patient and does not have any restrictive factors in regards to the patient’s skin color, age, and type of skin.
How Much Does Fraxel® Cost?
The cost of The Fraxel® laser treatment varies from patient to patient and depends on the area being treated, the condition of the skin in the treatment areas, and the number of sessions required to achieve the results you want. During the consultation, we’ll develop a treatment plan and discuss the associated costs.
Contact Our Office
Dr. McMahan has extensive experience with Fraxel® laser treatments and will determine what laser settings will be best for you depending on your skin type, degree of sun damage, the extent of facial lines, and what you are trying to achieve.