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Fraxel Restore

Our Fraxel SR 1550 laser targets textural irregularities, acne scarring, and sun damage with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to speed up your body’s remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.

HOW IT’S DONE:

  • First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes before treatment*, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. DO NOT WEAR MAKEUP.
  • Once numbing is complete, you are ready for treatment. A Fraxel treatment provider will wipe numbing cream off with dry gauze and talk you through the procedure.
  • The laser handpiece with cool air blower will be applied in sections, varying directions of each pass over a section of your face (Vertical/horizontal). The laser passes over each divided section of the face multiple times during the treatment.
  • Once complete, your face will be cooled down, and sunscreen may be applied.

HOW IT FEELS:

There is some discomfort, and the level varies with each person. Measures can be taken to minimize discomforts like topical anesthesia applied before the procedure and cold air that is used during the procedure. The most sensitive areas tend to be the forehead and near the hairline. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn. The feeling usually goes away in 1-3 hours.

HOW MANY SESSIONS:

Multiple treatments of the Fraxel Restore are needed to see results. *This is NOT the CO2 Fractional Fraxel Laser. Consultation needed to determine if you are a candidate for Fraxel Restore. The number of sessions needed differs from person to person and the reason for seeking treatment. Acne scarring often takes 5 or more sessions spaced four weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, we may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are progressive with optimal improvement usually visible in 2-3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue. Always keep in mind though, that all skin is different and reacts differently to the treatment. Be sure to schedule a follow-up for evaluation. Downtime is minimal. You can return to work the next day, but give yourself 3-4 days of skin recovery if you have any special occasions or social events coming up.

SIDE EFFECTS:

During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel sunburned and appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over 1-2 weeks, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. Like a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes. Swelling and redness are the most common side effects. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within 1-2 days. Any redness typically fades within a few days.

Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and bronzing (darkened sandpaper skin). There is some risk of infection, hyper-pigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of a treatment and your particular healing characteristics. You may notice changes in your skin texture post treatment. Know the risks and benefits of the treatment before finalizing anything.

PRE-TREATMENT:

  • It is best to stop all retinol products at least 10 to 14 days before any fractionated or traditional CO2 laser treatments.
  • You should avoid tanning and stop using any harsh exfoliating products for at least two weeks.
  • If you have a history of cold sores, it is recommended to take Valtrex as a preventative treatment.
  • Not suitable for PREGNANT women and patient with Post Inflammatory Hyper-pigmentation

POST TREATMENT CARE:

  • ALWAYS wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher. There are many different kinds to choose from: There are clear dry mist style sunscreens you can spray easily to reapply. For makeup users, multiple foundation brands in many forms can now be found that include SPF. Let your skin rest for a day before putting makeup on again.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure for at least three months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.
  • Use only mild cleansers like Cetaphil or Aquaphor. Keep skin moisturized using gentle moisturizers.
  • Hydrocortisone can be used for swelling and redness.
  • Sleep with area elevated to reduce swelling. Stay hydrated and drink lots of water.
  • Take Benadryl for swelling and itching as well as Motrin for any pain.
  • Use ice packs of frozen peas or a cold face towel to cool your face and reduce swelling.

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