Fraxel Laser Information for patients

What is Fraxel?

Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser treatment targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.

Potential Benefits

  • Smoother, younger-looking skin
  • Improved tone and texture
  • Reduction of unwanted brown spots
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars

Treated Conditions

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Surface scarring
  • Pigmentation
  • Sun damage
  • Actinic keratosis

How many treatments do I need?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced at least 4 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and your physician may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for healing and the production of new collagen to replace damaged tissue.

What are the risks?

As with any procedure or treatment, there are risks. Your doctor will attempt to minimize these risks as much as possible.

  • Herpes virus reactivation
  • Scarring
  • Discoloration
  • Failure to improve

What to expect on the day of procedure:

Pre-treatment with oral antiviral medication might be needed if you have a history of cold sores. Arrive one hour before your procedure for topical anesthesia. During the procedure, most patients describe an increased sensation of heat. We use cold air to reduce this discomfort.

What to expect after the procedure:

The intensity and duration of your side effects depend on the aggressiveness of your treatment and your individual healing characteristics. Generally, patients who are treated more aggressively experience more intense side effects that last longer. Notify your physician if the severity of your side effects becomes a problem for you.

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Dry skin
  • Raw skin
  • Blisters
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