The longer we live in our skin, the more it shows the signs of our years—from wrinkles to scars and spots. Fraxel®, a laser-based therapy designed to reduce the appearance of these telltale lines and marks, reveals that we don’t have to show our age.
Essentially, Fraxel® puts your own body to work, kick-starting and then harnessing the power of its natural processes to rejuvenate and enliven skin that’s been weathered and damaged by life.
More than 800,000 patients across the globe have chosen Fraxel® to give them the healthy and young-looking skin they desire, choosing the therapy for its demonstrated results—as well as the fact that, unlike some other procedures with a similar goal, it’s non-invasive. That means there’s minimal recuperation and virtually no downtime required after the procedure.
What Does Fraxel® Address?
Fraxel® is all about skin, so the laser technology focuses on aesthetic problems common to faces and other areas where loss of collagen leads to unwanted wrinkles, where colored patches develop, and more. Specifically, Fraxel® is designed to address:
- wrinkles and similar grooves of varying depth, from fine lines to furrows
- spots created by sun exposure and a subsequent pigment overproduction-known as sun spots, age spots, liver spots, etc.
- colored spots and patches due to hormonal shifts, such as pregnancy
- scaly patches known as actinic keratosis, which are considered to be a precancerous skin condition and which develop from sun exposure.
- scars, whether from acne or facial surgeries
While Fraxel® can’t make everything on this list disappear entirely, it can greatly reduce the appearance of much of these skin issues, making them less noticeable or essentially vanish.
There are several Fraxel® options that are non-ablative, meaning they are gentler to the skin, but as such require multiple sessions in order to get optimum results. One of these options is considered preventative, while the other two address mild to severe skin damage.
There is one ablative option, which is more intense and intended to correct moderate to severe photoaging, which is damage done to the skin via prolonged sun exposure.
What Does a Fraxel® Session Involve?
Fraxel® should be applied by a skilled practitioner who has plenty of experience with skin and laser technology. A physician performing the procedure will move a handpiece over the area to be treated. As it travels, the patient can expect this simple process to unfold:
- Lasers from the handpiece will pulse into the upper layers of skin with nearpinpoint precision. The beams target very small areas, so impact to surrounding areas is minimized. In turn, the healthy and untouched area surrounding any wrinkled or damaged skin will more quickly encourage the treated area to heal.
- As it moves along the epidermis, the laser energy acts as a resurfacing agent on the outermost layer. This FDA-approved system is less traumatic to your skin than microdermabrasion or chemical peels, but yields similar results.
- Below the surface, Fraxel® stimulates collagen production. As a loss of collagen can lead to wrinkles and other signs of aging, increased collagen from rejuvenated skin cells can have the opposite effect by smoothing out wrinkles and making other issues less prominent.
While a treatment session can run half an hour, give or take 15 minutes, the full scope of the results will be visible in one to three weeks. In the days immediately after a Fraxel® session, most patients describe their skin as feeling as if they had received a light sunburn-a sensation that fades.
Making the Choice for Fraxel®
The team that developed Fraxel® is continuing to perform clinical trials, testing, and research to further prove and improve upon its safety and efficacy. An individual doctor or practice can share more about what makes this laser treatment unique and ideally suited for certain candidates based on their skin type and overall goals.