Are There Different Kinds of Fraxel Lasers?
Generally, the type of Fraxel laser most commonly used is the dual laser, which utilizes two separate lasers with different wavelengths in a single device. One of the lasers is specifically designed to target sun damage and pigmentation, while the other penetrates the skin at a deeper level to reduce uneven texture, wrinkles, and acne scars. The majority of patients interested in Fraxel laser skin resurfacing achieve optimal results with the Fraxel dual laser.
In addition to the highly popular Fraxel dual laser, there is also the Fraxel Repair and Fraxel Restore. The Fraxel Restore is a non-ablative laser, while Fraxel Repair is a highly powerful laser that utilizes ablative fractionated carbon dioxide technology ideal for severe skin issues. It’s important to know that the Fraxel Repair does involve more extensive recovery time, because it is a more intense treatment (and not necessarily suited for all patients).
How Should I Prepare for my Fraxel Laser Treatment?
Preparing for a Fraxel laser treatment is a fairly straightforward process, but following all instructions is important in achieving your ideal results. First and foremost, check to confirm that you aren’t currently experiencing severe acne breakouts or infections, and that you don’t have open wounds on your face. About one week before your laser treatment, discontinue use of any retinoid-based products.
On the day of your treatment, it’s best to arrive with a clean, make-up free face. For most situations, a topical numbing cream will be applied in-office, so you don’t need to worry about it beforehand.
Does Fraxel Laser Treatment Have Side Effects?
Because Fraxel laser is an extensively-tested, non-invasive treatment, there are little to no side effects for the majority of patients, with most side effects being very minor.
As with many laser skin treatments, slight redness and sensitivity is not unusual, especially if you have sensitive skin. Some patients notice subtle swelling, which typically disappears within a few days at most. Increased skin dryness, slight itchiness, and peeling or flaking can all be temporary side effects, and are generally good signs of the skin’s resurfacing process. In some cases, patients might notice a short-lived, minor breakout of whiteheads, which is the skin “purging” itself as it regenerates and eliminates damaged cells.
Am I a Good Candidate for Fraxel Laser Treatment?
We alway recommend scheduling a one-on-one consultation to determine the best treatment options for your specific concerns and aesthetic goals. Your doctor will be able to access your needs in relation to what procedures you’d be a candidate for. Fraxel laser treatment is a versatile procedure that suits a wide variety of patients, providing highly effective results in the majority of cases.
Fraxel laser skin resurfacing can be safely and effectively used on all skin colors and types. In fact, Fraxel laser is a highly customizable procedure, and a personalized treatment plan will be created to target your specific concerns, skin type, and needs.
San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic
If you are unsure if Fraxel laser treatment is right for you, the team at San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic is happy to help. Our experience and knowledge of Fraxel laser, as well as a wide variety of other treatment options, will allow us to make a professional recommendation for the procedure(s) that can help you look and feel your best. Dr. Mani has won many platinum awards and gain several memberships due to her expertise in cosmetic/medical services.
Interested in learning more about Fraxel? Contact us to determine if Fraxel is right for you. Dr. Parvin Mani will assess the condition of your skin along with your individual requests.
If Fraxel is not right for you, the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic has a host of other skin care services to meet your needs.