Facial wrinkles, age spots and acne scarring have traditionally been corrected with techniques that damage the surface of the skin, and after healing the skin is left smooth and improved.
Fraxel laser skin resurfacing is a true breakthrough in laser technology. Until now, two varieties of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic enhancement-ablative and non-ablative. Ablative, which literally means to vaporize at a very high temperature, are very effective at destroying unwanted tissue but have significant side-effects and require a lengthy healing period, often up to 6 week after treatment. In the early phases, wound care is necessary and one is homebound for over 1 week. Non-ablative, on the other hand, have very few side-effects and require almost no healing time, but involve numerous treatments over many months to achieve only modest results.
At long last, a laser with the potency of ablative treatments and the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers has won approval from the US Food and Drug Administration to treat a variety of important cosmetic conditions.
Fraxel Laser Treatment is designed to target aging and damaged skin by creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas well beneath the skin's outermost layer. In this way, Fraxel Laser treatments trigger the body's own natural production of new collagen and skin cells. And because Fraxel Laser Treatment combines the impact of ablative lasers with the gentleness of non-ablative lasers, healing occurs so quickly that there is very little downtime for patients. My patients will return to work the next day after treatment without problems.
On average three or four treatments are required to get the final result. Areas that can be treated include the face, neck, chest and hands.