What is Fraxel®?
Fraxel® uses advanced light technology to stimulate collagen production in the top layers of the skin, resulting in skin resurfacing. This technology works with your bodies natural cell cycle, therefore results may take up to 1-3 weeks to appear. Fraxel® can improve the appearance of the following:
- Acne scarring
- Stretch Marks
This laser can also be used to help repair signs of precancerous lesions, by activating your own immune system to produce new healthy cells.
What Are Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks are a a discolored scars seen on the skin which form by damage to the dermis layer. This damage occurs when there is tearing of the deeper skin layers, leaving many people feeling very subconscious. The color of the stretch marks depend on one’s skin type and the overall age of the scar. These colors can appear brown, white, or even red. They often begin red, and as time passes, they lose their pigmentation completely, leaving them brown.
Causes of Stretch Marks
Stretch marks generally occur when there is a rapid stretching for the skin in a short period of time. These situations include during pregnancy, rapid growth spurts, weight gain, muscle building, hormonal fluctuations, and/or abuse of drugs. Some common areas in which they typically appear include the following body areas:
- Inner upper arms
Stretch Mark Removal
Fraxel laser treatments have been found to improve white or brown stretch marks. Many of our patients, after 4-5 treatments see dramatic improvement to their problem area, leaving them more confident in their own skin. Fraxel laser has the ability to stimulate the pigment- producing melanin of your skin. This ultimately darkens your skin, leaving your existing stretch marks less visible.
Benefits of Fraxel® Treatment
The natural aging process of the skin is something that most of us try to avoid. Now, with Fraxel® we can actively rejuvenate without the significant down time of plastic surgery. Fraxel® has both ablative and non-ablative capabilities, both of which can improve skin tone and texture. This laser procedure is great for anyone who wants to look younger without the hassle of surgery. Fraxel treatment is non-invasive and fits into any lifestyle. With it's simplicity, this treatment is more effective than creams and lotions adequately help repair signs of aging.
Fraxel® Before and After
Click here to view more Fraxel before and after photos.
Skin Resurfacing Treatment
We topically numb each patient for 60-90 minutes prior to performing the laser treatment, which takes anywhere from 10-40 min depending on the size of the area. You should expect 5-7 days of healing time for your skin to return to a normal state. It is important to protect the treated area after the procedure with a proper moisturizer and SPF. Our care team will go over the best recommended products for use after treatment. If you have any specific questions, feel free to call either of our two offices.
Fraxel® Treatment Side Effects
Laser treatment will cause varying degrees of redness and swelling in the treatment area. These common side effects last from several days to a couple of weeks, depending upon the aggressiveness of the treatments. Possibility of itching may occur as part of the normal healing process. Heating the upper layers of the skin may cause blisters or burns and subsequent scab formation. Though these side effects are rare, it is important that you understand the risks of treatment. We will go over these risks and side effects with you during our consultation visit.
Schedule a Consultation
Individual results may vary on case by case basis*