The Fraxel Laser is an innovative tool designed to restore the skin’s tone and texture. The procedure will safely resurface the skin; improving fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and areas of hyperpigmentation that come with the aging process. Fraxel treatments are quick, and can easily be fit into any personal beauty regime. Without the lengthy recovery time associated with more invasive procedures, the Fraxel Laser will leave patients looking refreshed, rejuvenated, and even years younger in minutes.
The Fraxel Laser will:
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Brighten the skin and complexion
- Eliminate dark, uneven pigmentation
- Decrease Melasma (known as ‘the Mask of Pregnancy’)
- Erase acne and surgical scars
- Ease the appearance of stretch marks
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, Fraxel is a non-ablative treatment, meaning it does not result in any visible damage to the skin’s surface. The Fraxel’s low-level of energy is concentrated into a tiny pinpoint, causing thin columns of micro-injuries throughout the tissue. These will encourage the body’s natural healing response, promoting the skin’s formation of collagen (a vital building block for healthy, strong tissues). Unlike similar lasers, the Fraxel has a low chance for side effects, such burns or scarring, to occur. The surrounding healthy tissues are unharmed with the Fraxel Laser, meaning excellent results with a shorter recovery time.
The Ideal Fraxel Candidate:
Anyone interested in improving the appearance, without the committing to a more invasive procedure, may make an excellent candidate for a Fraxel treatment. Most areas can be treated with the Fraxel Laser, including the face, neck, arms, and hands. The ideal candidate will understand the Fraxel procedure, be in overall good health, and have reasonable expectations for their results. Those with active skin infections, sunburns, or cold sores may be advised to postpone the treatment. A consultation appointment will be schedule with Dr. Vitenas to determine if the Fraxel Laser is right for each individual patient.
The Fraxel Procedure:
The Fraxel procedure is performed in one of Dr. Vitenas’ private, state-of-the-art treatment rooms. Each treatment will take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete. While the Fraxel is not considered painful, most patients will feel a warm, tingling sensation during each laser pulse. To improve the patient’s comfort level, a topical anesthetic will be used prior to treatment. Immediately before the procedure begins, a thin layer of gel will be placed along the treatment area. The Fraxel hand-piece will then gently glide across the surface of the skin, delivering quick bursts of laser energy.
The Results from a Fraxel Treatment:
The recovery after a Fraxel Laser treatment will take around one week. Initially, mild swelling and redness may occur. These fade over the first few days, as the tissues begin to heal. It is normal for the treatment area to become dry and flaky, as the old tissue begins to slough away. During the consultation, the esthetician will discuss the products and moisturizers that are safe to use during this time. Most patients will be comfortable returning to work less than a week after the Fraxel treatment.
After each Fraxel procedure, patients can expect to see a 15-20% improvement in the skin’s tone and texture. For optimal results, between three and six treatments (performed four to six weeks apart) will be recommended, depending on the level of correction desired. The results from a Fraxel procedure will slowly improve over the following three to six months, as the tissue continues to heal and the skin’s collagen supply increases. Benefits from the Fraxel can last up to a year.
When a Fraxel treatment is paired with other procedures, such as Botox Cosmetic or dermal fillers, patients will see maximum tissue rejuvenation. During your consultation appointment at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, we will explain which additional treatments can best compliment the Fraxel results. Contact our Houston office at 281.484.0088 for more information on the Fraxel Laser, or to set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Vitenas.
Fraxel Laser FAQ
What is the Fraxel Laser?
The Fraxel Laser provides a noninvasive treatment, designed to treat minor to severe skin damage, sunspots, and fine lines/wrinkles.
How does the Fraxel work?
The Fraxel uses fractional laser technology to treat small columns of tissue, leaving all of the surrounding skin in tact. This stimulates the body’s healing process and replaces damaged cells, while allowing for a faster and safer recovery period.
Who is an ideal candidate for the Fraxel?
Anyone who is frustrated with the early signs of aging, fine lines/wrinkles, and areas of discoloration can benefit from a Fraxel treatment. The procedure is safe for all skin types and colors. The ideal candidate will be in overall good health and hold an understanding the procedure.
Where is the Fraxel procedure performed?
The Fraxel procedure is performed in one of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery’s state-of-the-art treatment rooms.
How is the Fraxel treatment performed at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery?
Once the topical anesthetic has been applied, a thin layer of gel will be placed along the treatment area. Next, the provider will use a small laser roller to gently deliver bursts of fractional energy to the tissues.
How long will the Fraxel treatment take to complete?
Most Fraxel treatments at Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery will take from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area.
Is the Fraxel treatment painful?
The Fraxel procedure is not considered painful; most patients report a warm, tingling sensation during treatment.
Is anesthesia used for the Fraxel procedure?
Normally a topical anesthetic will be used prior to a Fraxel treatment, to maximize patient comfort.
What is the recovery like after the Fraxel procedure?
The Fraxel recovery will take from one to two weeks. Immediately after treatment, the skin will be mildly swollen and red (similar to a sunburn). The treatment area will begin to flake as the old skin sloughs away. In five to seven days, these side effects will fade, and the skin will begin to look fresh, new, and firm.
When will I be able to return to work after the Fraxel procedure?
Depending on the depth of treatment, most patients are comfortable returning to work just a few days after their Fraxel procedure.
Will I need more than one Fraxel treatment?
On average, patients will need between three and six treatment with the Fraxel Laser for optimal results. These should be spaced out between four and eight weeks.
How long will my Fraxel results last?
Immediately after treatment, your skin will be smoother and brighter. Over the following 3-6 months, the tone and condition of your skin will steadily improve, as the deep layers of skin continue to heal. The results from a Fraxel treatment can last for a year or longer.
What are the complications associated with the Fraxel Laser?
The Fraxel treatment can cause temporary swelling, redness, crusting, and blisters; these normally resolve after one to two weeks. More serious complications, although rare, can include bleeding, scarring, and infection.
What is the price of the Fraxel procedure?
The price of a Fraxel treatment varies according to the size and location of the treatment area. Treatments will range from $900 to $1500.
Is it possible to finance my Fraxel treatment?
Yes, patients have the option of paying for their Fraxel Laser treatment with cash, all major credit cards, or financing through Care Credit. For more information on medical financing, contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery or visit www.carecredit.com.