Sit back, close your eyes and imagine a skin treatment that could target all your skin concerns, such as acne scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and even dullness. An amazing thought, right? Now keep your eyes closed and let’s take this thought a step further. Not only can this epic treatment target your skin concerns, but it will also work to provide real results that leave your skin healthy, radiant, and glowing!
Now open your eyes because we’ve got news for you! This isn’t a dream, nor do you have to fantasize a second longer. At Lucere, we have a real solution that does just that, and it’s called the Fraxel Skin Resurfacing Treatment. This effective treatment has taken the mainstream by storm as a powerful option to target skin concerns that are traditionally harder to treat. It’s an advanced solution for clients who are in serious need of ridding their skin of imperfections in a safe and effective way.
This is one of our most popular treatments at Lucere and not just as an anti-aging option. This skin resurfacing treatment has opened doors to restoring self-esteem for many of our clients suffering from conditions like acne scarring – smoothing out their skin and minimizing the scars of severe acne. Clients suffering from sun and photo damage can balance their skin and neutralize skin tone instead of having spots speckled on their faces.
This treatment is a game changer! It’s no secret, however, that laser treatments can sound quite intimidating for some. In this blog, we’ll break down all the facts associated with the Fraxel Resurfacing Laser treatment and tell you everything you need to know. Read on!
What is Fraxel Laser Resurfacing?
The Fraxel Laser is a laser that works by penetrating the skin to encourage new collagen and elastin growth. The laser resurfaces skin tone; minimizes acne scarring, pigmentation, and brown spots; as well as smooths fine lines and wrinkles. It’s an advanced laser compared to other lasers offered on the market and provides real results.
What do Fraxel Lasers treat?
Fraxel Lasers are highly effective at treating acne scarring, fine lines & wrinkles, as well as hyperpigmentation or sun damage. This laser is commonly used on the face, but other areas of the body can be treated, including the neck, décolletage, arms and hands. Remember, laser treatments are more effective for acne scarring than any topical ointments or medications out there. Lasers go deeper into the skin to break up scar tissue causing textures in the skin. Creams and ointments are far too superficial and will not reach the depths needed to make a big difference.
Are there different types of Fraxel Lasers?
There are different types of Fraxel lasers that you can find in a dermatologist’s office. At Lucere, we offer the Fraxel Restore. For the indications that we like to have in our clinic with controlled downtimes, the Fraxel Restore does a lot. The benefit of this laser is that it has two wavelengths. One wavelength is particularly good for reversing signs of sun damage and pigmentation, while the other wavelength is good for treating textured problems such as acne scarring and wrinkles.
The key feature here is that the Fraxel Restore is non-ablative, meaning there are no open wounds and the downtime is dramatically reduced compared to more aggressive Fraxel lasers. Other Fraxel lasers include the Fraxel Dual Laser and the Fraxel Repair. The Fraxel Repair uses an ablative, fractionated carbon dioxide laser that is ultra-powerful and treats very severe cases. It does require much more downtime.
This beautiful Lucere client wanted to address her brown spots and look younger overall. With Lucere’s Skin Resurfacing treatment, we reduced the appearance of brown spots and gave her skin a more youthful, radiant glow.
How does the Fraxel Laser work?
The laser works by essentially creating tiny, microthermal zones in the deeper layers of the skin that triggers the body’s natural healing response to accelerate. This stimulates growth for healthy, new skin cells which replace older, damaged cells. This cellular turnover and collagen production are really working from the inside out.
How do you prepare for a Fraxel laser treatment?
If you’re booked in for your next Fraxel Resurfacing treatment, it’s important to be aware of a few things. You will need to stop using your retinols and any products containing glycolic or salicylic acids 5-7 days before your treatment. You should not have had any recent tan or burn to the skin within two weeks before your treatment.
You want to ensure that there is no self-tanner on the skin in the area you’ll be treated. You should not wax the area being treated pre-treatment either. No depilatory creams should be applied for 2 weeks pre-treatment. Lastly, you want to be certain that you have no active breakouts of cold sores or acne, open wounds, or infections on the skin.
Does the Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment hurt?
Let’s be honest, laser treatments don’t always feel the greatest, but at Lucere, we ensure we make your experience as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Before a Fraxel, you will be numbed so it should only be mildly uncomfortable. The most you’d feel is a little prickling feeling or light stinging. Pain tolerance is always subjective, but most clients are quite tolerable to the treatment.
How much does a Fraxel treatment cost?
A single Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment costs $1,500 if you’re treating the face alone and $2,000 if you also want to treat the neck and chest in addition.
Are there any side effects and downtime?
Fraxels are known to be an aggressive laser treatment, and even though they may sound quite intense, there really are very minimal side effects and downtime. Some clients may experience purging, specifically breaking out with whiteheads. This is due to the rapid skin turnover that is experienced from the laser treatment.
In terms of downtime, it’s normal for clients to expect redness, swelling and peeling. In the first two days, you’ll see redness, swelling and throbbing. Very similar to a sunburn. Between days three to five, skin will become rough and begin to peel. You must resist the urge to peel away at the flakes as you risk scarring. These side effects settle within a weeks’ time. It’s important to plan in advance – no major events or public outings if you don’t want people to see the redness, swelling and peeling!
Is the Fraxel laser safe?
Generally speaking, the Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment is safe for all skin tones. However, bear in mind that this treatment can be quite aggressive, so it’s very important to consult with a board-certified dermatologist and his team of skin experts to determine if this treatment is right for you.
How many sessions of Fraxel should you do to see results?
The amount of sessions needed depends on the needs of the client and what they’re treating. It’s not uncommon for clients to see results in one to two sessions if they’re trying to treat pigment. The 1927 wavelength used to fade pigment can decrease 80% of discoloration in one session. You may need maintenance sessions with lighter lasers like the Clear + Brilliant a few months later. However, treating acne scarring or wrinkles will likely need three to five sessions, spaced out four weeks apart. These texture related conditions are treated with the 1550 wavelength.
How long do the results from Fraxel last?
Results of a Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment typically last a year. That means you can easily have one Fraxel treatment every year, and perhaps use less aggressive lasers throughout the year to maintain results. Remember, every client’s skin and conditions are unique, so this is a very general rule and does not apply to everyone.
Brown spots and sun damage were a big concern for this beautiful Lucere client. Using the Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment, we were able to help eliminate brown spots and discoloration.
Can you wear makeup after Fraxel?
Makeup is definitely not an option within the first week after a Fraxel treatment. You should avoid putting any products on your face other than a gentle face wash, a vitamin C serum, or a soothing moisturizer.
Can you go in the sun after a Fraxel?
Absolutely not! After a Fraxel treatment, you should avoid being in the sun, seek shade always, wear a hat and always wear an SPF 30 medical-grade sunscreen. Your skin will be very vulnerable, and you don’t want to risk pigment coming right back. Fraxel treatments aren’t wise in the summer, so plan to have them when the sun is less intense.
If you would like to learn more about the Fraxel Skin Resurfacing treatment at Lucere, feel free to contact us today to book your complimentary consultation!