Patients with damaged skin have invested a lot of money in expensive creams, gels, and ointments trying to reverse the damage to their skin. While some damage can be slightly reversed with topical items, laser treatments offer the best results in eliminating damage and the effects of aging on the face.
Fraxel® Laser Treatment
The Fraxel® laser is effective on a variety of skin conditions. It diminishes a few different types of scarring, including acne scars. Uneven pigmentation, including age spots, is also greatly reduced with this laser treatment.
Patients who spent too much time in the sun without sunscreen can reduce the appearance of sun damage in just a few treatments. Women battling fine lines and wrinkles can get help with Fraxel® as well.
Finally, Fraxel® is used medically to treat a dangerous pre-cancerous condition known as actinic keratosis.
How It Works
Fraxel® is very simple in how it works. The laser is applied to the skin for easy control and accurate administration. The light of the laser specifically targets the top layers of skin to stimulate collagen and resurface the very top layer of skin. The collagen stimulation jumpstarts the skin’s natural rejuvenation process, reducing uneven pigmentation, smoothing lines and wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of scars.
As collagen is being stimulated, the laser also eliminates any skin cells that are old or damaged. The skin’s natural healing process combined with increased collagen production replaces dull, dry, damaged skin with a soft, healthy, and more youthful complexion.
When Will Results Appear?
Fraxel® gives patients immediate results that continue to improve over time. When the initial healing process is over, the skin is softer and evenly colored. Over the following three months, the deeper layers heal and eliminate scarring, lines, and wrinkles.
Most patients only need a few sessions to get the desired results, but it depends on how their skin responds to the laser and what is being treated.
Almost all patients experience redness and swelling. How severe it is and how long it lasts depends on how strong the treatment was, how well the patient takes care of their skin afterward, and how well they heal.
To decrease any discomfort, a topical numbing cream can be applied, and cold air is blown on the treatment area. Afterward, patients say they feel like their face feels sunburned for a few hours.
Whether it’s fine lines or acne scarring, Fraxel® is a great way to get quick, long-lasting results. Contact Athena Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.