Fraxel™ Laser Treatments

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WHAT IS THE FRAXEL RE:STORE LASER™ PROCEDURE? The Fraxel re:store™ laser uses a 1550nm laser device which can treat:

* Fine Lines
* Wrinkles around the eyes
* Pore Size
* Acne Scarring
* Aging Skin
* Stretch Marks
* Brown Age Spots
* Post Surgical Scars
* Melasma (Pigmentation-hormonal induced)
* Skin Hypopigmentation
* Skin Precancers (Actinic Keratosis)

The Fraxel re:store™ laser produces thousands of tiny, laser dots in your skin, known as microthermal treatment zones. This treatment not only rejuvenates the epidermis. It also penetrates deep into the dermis. Just as important, though, are the areas of skin the Fraxel re:store™ laser leaves untouched. For every microthermal zone the laser targets and treats intensively, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This "fractional" treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once. It takes advantage of the body's natural healing process to create new, healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections. Another nice thing about the Fraxel re:store™ laser is that one can treat other areas besides the face safely. For example, we have had wonderful results treating the neck, hands and torso for conditions such as acne scars, wrinkles and skin hypopigmentation.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE? HOW MANY SESSIONS OF FRAXEL ARE NEEDED?

Treatment with the Fraxel re:store™ laser takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the area(s) that are treated. Usually 3 to 5 treatments sessions are required to see a 50 to 80% improvement. These are spaced out every 2 to 4 weeks.

WHAT IS THE PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FRAXEL LASER™ PROCEDURE?

Typically, we ask that you discontinue the use of retinoic acid products and glycolic acid products for 3 to 4 days before your Fraxel re:store™ laser treatment. In addition, we will prescribe an antiviral medication which is taken 1 day before your procedure. It is also wise to stay out of intense sunlight for up to 1 week prior to your treatment.

HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT FROM TREATMENT?

There is minimal if any discomfort with this treatment. A topical anesthetic is all that is used. This is applied for 30 to 60 minutes on the treatment area(s). If you are anxious, we can prescribe and anti-anxiety medication regimen which can be taken 1 to 2 hours before your procedure. Someone must drive you to and from the office if this regimen is prescribed. Pain usually is described as a moderate sunburn, which can easily be controlled with ice and medications such as Motrin™ or Advil™.

HOW LONG WILL I STAY RED?

The advanced technology of the Fraxel re:store™ laser allows the skin to recover quickly. There can be some minor redness and peeling of the skin. This quickly disappears within a matter of days. Mild redness can persist for up to one week.

WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?

We recommend a very nice post laser skin care system for the Fraxel re:store™ procedure. It is important to stay out of intense sun for at least one week after your treatment. We also recommend that you initiate a low dose corticosteroid medication to minimize swelling which occurs in most instances. Concealing makeup, e.g. Jane Iredale™, can be used to minimize redness. Again, the beauty of the Fraxel re:store™ laser is that one is pretty much healed by 3 to 4 days postop.

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT LAST?

The effect from Fraxel re:store™ laser treatments can be seen for several years. Repeat treatments are sometimes required but this is determined on a case by case basis. In our experience, patient satisfaction has been extremely high for this procedure. One can also combine the Fraxel re:store™ laser procedure with such therapies as Botox Cosmetic™, Filler treatments and photodynamic therapy (PDT) to enhance the desired cosmetic benefit

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT FOR FRAXEL™?

Feel free to contact our office at 904-285-SKIN (7546) or click here. We look forward to meeting you at your initial consultation visit. Thanks for allowing us to educate you about the benefits of the Fraxel re:store™ laser procedure. See you soon.



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