Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing
How Fraxel® treatment works
The technology behind Fraxel® treatment is as revolutionary as the results it can deliver. Unlike other laser treatments, Fraxel treatment is able to precisely treat thousands of microscopic areas of skin, using pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath the skin’s surface to eliminate old, damaged skin cells. Fraxel treatment stimulates the body’s own natural healing process which replaces damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
Simply put, Fraxel® treatment promotes your skin’s own healing process, resulting in natural rejuvenation that removes years from your appearance. Depending on your skin, you can decide how you want to attain the remarkable results Fraxel® treatment delivers. Aggressive treatments require fewer sessions and result in more post treatment side effects – meaning a few days of social downtime. Less aggressive treatments accomplish the same results, with a few more treatment sessions and less pronounced side effects. For some types of skin and skin conditions, gentle and/or fewer treatments are best. Fraxel treatment was specifically engineered to give your physician complete treatment control, based on your particular needs.
What does Fraxel® work on?
As you age, your skin’s collagen and elastin simply break down faster than your body can rebuild them. The slowed remodeling of these skin-tightening proteins causes your skin to thin, droop and lose elasticity—which often leads to winkles, furrows and fine lines.
If you have wrinkles on your face or around your eyes, you’ve probably had a wonderful life, rich with laughter and emotional experiences. After all, expressions like smiling, laughing, pondering and squinting naturally involve the contraction of muscles—which can lead to wrinkles, furrows and fine lines.
Age / Sunspots
Age spots are due more to sunning than aging. These spots—also called sunspots, brown spots or liver spots—are uneven dark patches on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and other areas that are regularly exposed to the sun. Though usually harmless, these blotchy brownish patches can make you look and feel older than you really are.
In the sun, your body reacts by producing a pigment called melanin to protect your skin from ultraviolet rays. If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin may overreact by producing too much melanin. That increased pigmentation can result in age spots, which fall into a broad medical category called “pigmented lesions.”
Melasma—which is most common in women and affects about 45 million people worldwide—appears as irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, nose and neck. Like most other pigmented lesions, Melasma is not dangerous, but it can be a self confidence crusher, prompting many women to hide behind a mask of make-up.
Melasma is most common during hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy, oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy. So instead of celebrating the beauty of motherhood, women with Melasma must wear what’s often called “the mask of pregnancy.
Over the years, your skin is exposed to sun, air pollution, stress, fatigue and lifestyle factors such as smoking. It all can affect your skin’s texture, color and tightness.
To resurface your skin and correct imperfections, there are many options from chemical peels to dermabrasion. But unlike other remedies that scrape, peel and cut the surface of your skin, Fraxel laser treatment has been cleared by the FDA to safely, gently and effectively resurface your skin from the inside out. That means improved texture, more even tone and smoother skin—all with minimal risks, and without discomfort and prolonged downtime of other procedures.
Acne / Surgical Scars
Scars are depressions or indentations in the skin that occur after a medical condition such as acne or after a surgical incision. Especially when they’re on the face or other visible areas, scars can carry the stigma of adolescent acne long after the acne is gone, or they can serve as unpleasant reminders of a past surgery.
Acne scars can occur as the skin heals from pimples, whiteheads and blackheads that form when oil, bacteria and dead cells get stuck below the skin’s surface. Acne scars are typically indented marks or raised, red areas that sometimes give the skin a wavy appearance. Surgical scars, meanwhile, form naturally as skin heals from an incision.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of Fraxel® treatment?
- Smoother, fresher looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Reduced wrinkles around the eyes
- Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
Has Fraxel® treatment received FDA-clearance?
YES. The Fraxel laser has received FDA-clearance for treatment of the following:
- Wrinkles around the eye (periorbital wrinkles)
- Age and sun spots (pigmented lesions)
- Brown spots / pregnancy mask (melasma)
- Acne scars and surgical scars
- Skin resurfacing
How many treatments will I need and how will they be spaced?
Everyone’s skin is different, but clinical studies suggest that for most people, maximum results are realized in just 3 to 5 sessions. They are usually spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart and results usually take 1-3 months to take a affect.
Does Fraxel® treatment hurt?
Topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure to minimize discomfort. After the treatment, most patients report a feeling similar to having too much sun but treatment plans can vary, so ask your physician about the specifics of your treatment. It usually disappears after 1 to 3 hours.
How long does Fraxel® treatment last?
Fraxel treatments usually last 2 hours from start to finish.
Fraxel at Work
“Smart scanning” hand piece ensures consitency and safety.
Fractional lasers penetrate top skin layers.
Fraxel light energy stimulates collagen and resurfaces the top skin layer.
Your skin’s natural rejuvenation process smoothes wrinkles and scars by stimulating collagen.
Fraxel Restore™ treatment is a one-of-a-kind skin solution that enables you to look as good as you feel. Dramatically improve your skin today – while fending off surgery tomorrow.
You do a lot to look and feel great, finding the time to enjoy life to the fullest while still taking care of your body. Yet, the effects of sun, pollution, stress and fatigue can add up, keeping your skin from looking as good as you feel. The solution is here – Fraxel treatment.
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Founded by Dr. David Branch in 2000, Bangor Plastic and Hand Surgery provides state-of- the-art cosmetic and reconstructive surgery in an AAAASF accredited facility. We strive to create a warm, friendly environment in which our patients can pursue their cosmetic goals, explore new ideas about appearance and rejuvenation, or just heal following injury or illness.
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