Fraxel® Laser Skin Resurfacing
We have been doing Fraxel laser resurfacing since 2005 with great patient satisfaction and skin improvements. It is a safe non-invasive laser skin treatment that removes years from our patient’s appearance – without risks and side effects or prolonged downtime usually associated with other procedures. Fraxel treats sun damage, wrinkles or other signs of aging, delivering remarkable results with fast recovery. It creates smoother, fresher, healthier and younger-looking skin…improved tone, texture and pore size… and the softening of wrinkles and lines. We have done almost 1,300 applications and the following is the normal reaction of our typical patient.
Q: Why did you decide to do Fraxel Laser Resurfacing?
A: Over the years my skin has changed. I have developed fine lines and wrinkles and some brown spots. I wanted something that would renew the damage that the sun and time had done to my skin. I also didn’t want a lot of downtime. I needed to get back to work without looking like I had been burned by a torch.
Q: How did the procedure feel at the time?
A: I was concerned about the pain but was pleasantly surprised. They put the numbing cream on me at about 10:00 and I was ready by 11:00 for the treatment. They rolled this wand or hand piece across my skin in a back and forth motion. This gave an even painting of my face so that they evenly covered the complete area. It felt like the sparkler you used to hold at 4th of July. They used a cooling wand to decrease the discomfort and I found the whole thing very tolerable.
Q: How did you look and feel afterward?
A: I was red. It was like I had either been on the beach and had gotten a really deep sunburn or had gotten a windburn from skiing down the slopes. You could tell the area that they had covered but it did not look bad. The skin felt warm to the touch but not unbearable. I put on some soothing face cream they gave me and believe it or not put my makeup on right then and there. I went back to work and no one noticed.
Q: What were the after-effects of the treatment?
A: The next day my face actually looked good. It was brown like a good suntan and all of the heat was gone. There was a little puffiness around my eyes but ice took care of that pretty quickly. Again, I was able to put my makeup on and had no notice from my coworkers.
Q: When did you see any effects?
A: On Saturday, three days after the treatment, my skin began to peel. It did not come off in sheets like sunburn but more like a little sloughing. As the day went on I could rub my hand against the skin and little dots of skin would come off. Washing my face would get rid of most of the loose skin. I needed to go out so I put the moisturizing face cream they gave me and the peeling disappeared. This lasted for most of the weekend and then it slowly went away. I did not notice when it stopped as the moisturizer and my makeup kept it out of sight and out of mind.
Q: What have been your results?
A: I have had three more treatments and have been very pleased with my skin. My brown spots and fine wrinkles have been reduced and most are gone. My skin texture in greatly improved and feels softer. It looks like my pores are reduced and some are saying my skin is soft as a baby. I’ve had a chicken pokes scar on my chin since I was a kid but the other day I noticed that it was gone. I had a dry skin area over one eyebrow and that is gone. Overall my skin feels like it did when I was a lot younger. I have gotten rid of the damage that the sun and pollution had caused. I’ll probably have to get a refresher every year or so but it is well worth it.
Q: Why did you get a Fraxel over other fractional laser treatments?
A: I wanted something that has proven itself and I understand that Fraxel has FDA approvals for 7 skin conditions. Fraxel has been around many years and does the job. Some of those fractional lasers have a long downtime and I could not afford to be away from work or life that long. I don’t want the pain or salve you have to put on your skin afterwards just to keep it moist. I like doing this in more than one treatment so I can tolerate it and choose when to stop. The other non-Fraxel treatments were concentrated in one procedure. That’s too intense and what do you do for a refresher, another harsh treatment. I like the way Fraxel uses a wand to roll the laser over your skin instead of the gun held away and shot at the skin. Fraxel applies evenly where it looks like theirs would have overlaps and missed places.
All in all, Fraxel was just what I needed and I have recommended to my friends who want to turn the hands of the clock back on their skin. Now we don’t have to live with the sun damaging mistakes of our youth. We can look good again.