Fraxel® Los Angeles
What if we could repair our skin – diminishing wrinkles and skin discoloration caused by the aging process and like we can repair old photographs? In today’s computer age, photographs are restored pixel by pixel, smoothing out irregularities and blemishes, and restoring color and clarity. Today this is possible for our skin too, with Fraxel® laser skin treatment.
About Fraxel® Laser Skin Treatment
Fraxel® laser skin treatments systematically improve skin tone, smoothing out fine lines and evening out skin discoloration, by treating minute sections of the skin. This type of selective treatment causes collagen to regenerate while not affecting the rest of the skin’s surface. The laser dives deep into the dermis in thousands of small dots on the face, leaving the surrounding areas unharmed. These unaffected areas help speed up the healing process while the treated areas promote skin improvement (rejuvenation).
The key difference between Fraxel laser skin treatment and more traditional ablative methods is that Fraxel does not affect all of the skin at once. Instead of a blanket surface treatment, Fraxel laser treats pinpoint areas on the skin, penetrating small fractions by 400 to 700 microns – just deep enough to stimulate significant collagen regeneration. These treated areas begin to regenerate collagen and the surrounding non-affected areas help to speed up the recovery session.
In addition, Fraxel can be used on any part of the body – it is not just for facial treatments. Delicate skin suffering from damage due to sun exposure on the neck or chest can be treated easily. Any part of the body is appropriate. The end result is impressive change to fine lines and wrinkles and a smoothing out of skin tone and color with virtually no down time.
What to Expect
We perform Fraxel laser treatment for our Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients right in our office. We first apply a topical anesthesia and wait approximately 45 minutes to an hour for it to take effect. Treatments last about 30 minutes as we pass a special light wand over the surface of the skin. As the wand makes contact with the skin it sends a laser beam into the dermis, creating a very small thermal interaction. The treatment causes very little discomfort with most people describing it as a “prickly sensation” that stops as soon as the treatment is over.
Most of our patients from Los Angeles achieve optimum results from a series of 5 Fraxel treatments spaced about 2 weeks apart. We can modify this treatment schedule to fit the patient’s needs or schedule if necessary.
Results & Recovery
Recovering from a Fraxel laser treatment is a lot like recovering from a mild sunburn. Initially he skin will redden or swell slightly. The swelling will diminish after 1 or 2 days and the skin will slowly lose some of its redness and fade to a “tanned” color for 3 to 14 days after treatment. Similar to a sunburn, mild peeling or flaking may also occur. During this time and the following months, patients are encouraged to wear sunscreen twice a day to limit sun exposure and promote optimum results.
Fraxel produces great results. It successfully minimizes fine lines and wrinkles as well as an ablative laser peel and evens out skin discolorations caused by the sun or aging. Because the key to Fraxel laser treatment is the regeneration of collagen, improvements appear gradually. Our Los Angeles and Beverly Hills patients usually begin to notice positive changes to their skin within about 1 week, with continued improvements for about 6 months.