Fraxel fractional resurfacing costs range from $800 - $1,000 per treatment, depending on factors including the extent of the areas to be treated, the device used, where you live, and the practitioner’s expertise.
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Am I a candidate for Fraxel?
The best candidates for Fraxel treatment are people with:
- Fine and deeper wrinkles
- Sun damaged skin on the face, neck, shoulders and hands
- Age spots and blotches
- Acne scars
Fraxel treatment may suit people who want a significant improvement in the appearance of their skin, without the downtime or risks associated with other types of laser resurfacing.
Unsuitable candidates for Fraxel treatment include:
- People who have taken Roaccutane in the last six months
- People currently taking light sensitizing medications or anticoagulant medicines
- Those with a history of light triggered seizures
- People with dermatitis, active infections, sunburn or cold sores in the area to be treated
- Those with a history of poor wound healing
What is a Fraxel Procedure?
Fraxel Laser Treatment uses laser technology applied to the skin to improve skin tone, smooth out fine lines and even out skin discoloration by treating miniscule sections of the skin, leaving healthy surrounding skin undamaged and able to support the healing process.
The Fraxel procedure causes collagen (the protein that provides structure and support to the skin), to regenerate while not affecting the undamaged parts of the skin's surface. The hand held Fraxel laser device delivers energy into the deeper layers of the skin in thousands of small dots (similar to pixels that make up the images on a screen), leaving the surrounding areas unaffected. These unaffected areas help speed up the healing process while the treated areas improve in appearance and underlying function.
Unlike conventional laser resurfacing procedures which affect the whole surface of the skin, not just the area being treated, Fraxel only treats minute areas of damaged skin just deep enough to stimulate significant collagen regeneration. This results in minimal risk and little or no downtime.
Fraxel laser treatment is not just effective on the face – it can be performed on any part of the body. Sun damaged skin, fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone can all be successfully treated with Fraxel laser resurfacing.
Before you undergo a Fraxel laser treatment, you will have a consultation with a doctor. A typical Fraxel treatment programme involves two to five procedures, spaced approximately one to two weeks apart. The number of sessions depends upon the individual patient and the condition undergoing treatment.
During the procedure, the Fraxel laser treatment head is passed over the skin, which is painted with a tinted solution to highlight the imperfections to be treated. A topical anesthetic may also be applied. There is very little discomfort, just a mild “prickling “sensation felt by patients during the Fraxel treatment. Patients should be able to return to their normal activities immediately.
As the collagen regenerates under the treated skin, the skin begins to improve in appearance. The final results are visible around six months after Fraxel laser treatment.
Fraxel Procedure Steps
The Fraxel treatment practitioner will use one of three different Fraxel lasers, which vary in strength. The following is an overview of a typical Fraxel laser procedure, though individual practice may vary depending on the practitioner and the skin condition to be treated.
- The skin is cleansed and a blue tinted solution is applied to the treatment area.
- Topical local anesthesia may also be applied to increase patient comfort during the procedure, and a cooling device that uses chilled air to cool the treatment area may also be used.
- The blue solution highlights the contours of the skin’s surface, allowing the machine to precisely read the contours of the treatment area and treat the area accordingly.
- The Fraxel device is then passed over the surface of the treatment area in a series of horizontal and vertical overlapping actions, until a mild redness (erythema) is seen in the skin by the Fraxel practitioner.
- The solution and anesthetic are washed off immediately after the Fraxel treatment.
Fraxel Recovery and Healing Steps
Immediately after the Fraxel treatment, your skin will feel tight and appear red. For the first week or so after your Fraxel treatment, your skin may appear swollen, redness will remain and your skin will start to peel. This redness or pinkness is a sign that the skin is healing properly. As the new tissue grows and replaces the damaged tissue, your skin will flake off, and new, fresh skin will become apparent. This may last up to two weeks. Applying a good moisturizer will help to alleviate any discomfort. You should avoid the sun as much as possible, and wear a sun block when outside.
However, there is little to no pain and you can continue with your normal activities immediately after Fraxel laser treatment.
There are virtually no risks associated with Fraxel fractional laser resurfacing. The risks of scarring or skin discoloration are extremely low as this type of laser treatment is very gentle on the skin.
However, scabbing, blisters, and changes in skin color can occasionally occur after Fraxel treatment. The manufacturers of the Fraxel machine report that the risk of scarring is extremely rare - less than 1%. Infection is also unlikely.
If the Fraxel practitioner uses the laser at higher powers, there is a risk of mild blistering (mainly on the chin and temple areas) and/or temporary skin discoloration, especially in darker-skinned patients.
Discuss any concerns or questions that you may have about Fraxel treatments with your Fraxel doctor.