dreamstime_xxl_58875368Fraxel has been in the news lately since Courtney Cox said she wanted to try it, and Kim Kardashian is known to use it to keep her complexion flawless. So, what do the stars know that you don’t?

What is Fraxel?

Fraxel is a brand of laser that uses microscopic laser energy to initiate the natural healing process that sheds old skin, and stimulates the body to create collagen. There are varying levels of Fraxel wavelengths which allows for superficial pigmentation and wrinkle treatments, or deeper repairs for scarring and deep wrinkles.

It is great for:

  • Wrinkles
  • Age and Sun spots
  • Acne and Surgical scars
  • Melasma – irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, or nose
  • Skin Resurfacing
  • Actinic Keratosis

What Body Areas Can Be Fraxeled? Fraxel is generally used to treat areas of the face, hands and body.

What Should I Expect?

One of the great things about Fraxel is that it is not surgery. When you go in for your Fraxel treatment, anaesthetic cream will be applied to your face, or whatever area(s) is being treated. You will likely spend 60 minutes waiting for the cream to set in to minimize the discomfort of the treatment. Keep in mind that Fraxel uses microscopic lasers and laser means heat, so treatments can be uncomfortable, but highly experienced practitioners are very efficient and complete the procedure pretty quickly so discomfort time is reduced.

Treated areas generally look sunburned-red afterwards, and you may feel warm for a while. But, it passes within a couple hours, and there is no lingering discomfort later. Over the next few days, your skin will feel rough, and eventually start to peel. But it’s worth it! Your body is healing and regenerating. Some patients see the benefits within a couple of days, and the benefits continue to develop over time.

Depending on your situation and desired outcomes, you may be fine with one treatment, or require a series of 2-4. How often you return for updates is up to you!