Fraxel Post Care Instructions

Day 1 (day of the procedure)

  • Apply cold compress to the treatment area frequently throughout the rest of the day.
  • First cleanse and moisturize will be just before bed.  Do not apply any other products throughout the day. (Avene mineral water spray is safe to apply).
  • Sleep elevated with extra pillows to help with swelling for the first day or two. Antihistamine such as Benadryl or Aerius can be taken to help with swelling and redness.
  • Do NOT lie down flat for 4 hours after your Botox treatment. 

Days 2-7

  • Gently cleanse the skin with Avene XeraCalm cleanser 4-5 times per day.  Following every cleanse moisturize well with Avene Cicalfate moisturizer or non-scented moisturizer.  Reapply the moisturizer (thin layer) as often as needed throughout the day to keep skin moist and soft.  The softer and more moisturized the skin stays the faster it will heal.
  • Continue icing as often as possible and sleeping elevated to reduce and improve swelling.
  • Continue icing as often as possible and sleeping elevated to reduce and improve swelling.
  • Be very gentle when cleansing and drying the skin for the remaining of the healing period.  No scratching, scrubbing or picking the skin.  Let all skin sloughing happen on its own.
  • Ensure medical grade sunscreen and a medical grade skin care system to be used daily will optimize results.
  • If you have not made a follow up appointment for 6 weeks post treatment please do so.
  • Be excited about the continued improvement over the next 12 weeks!

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call us at (780) 461-1188


Immediately after the treatment, you will experience redness, swelling and sometimes pinpoint bleeding. You will notice most of the swelling on the first morning after treatment, particularly under the eyes. Swelling usually lasts two to three days. To minimize swelling do the following:

      1. Apply cold compresses to the treatment area for 10 minutes of every hour on the day of treatment, until you go to bed.  Optional – Use a Thermal Spring water spray such as Avene spray for comfort. 
      2. Sleep elevated the first night. Use as many pillows as you can tolerate.
  • Heat sensation can be intense for the following 2 – 3 hours. Occasionally oozing can occur in isolated areas for a few days as well.
  • Over the next few days, redness may worsen. Swelling may be significant and cause some discomfort.  Optional over the counter antihistamine ie. Benadryl.
  • You may also notice that your skin appears bronzed or little dark dots will appear on the treated area. Your skin may feel dry, peel, or flake. You may notice a “sandpaper” texture a few days after treatment. This is the treated tissue working its way out of your body as new fresh skin is regenerated.
  • This dead skin is a normal result of laser treatment and should start sloughing off 3 – 4 days after the treatment. Most patients complete this process 5 – 7 days after a treatment on the face. (On off-face areas, such as hands/arms, where healing is slower, the process may take up to 2 weeks.)
  • Once the sloughing is complete, you may notice some pinkness over the next few weeks. Most redness resolves during the first week after treatment, but a rosy “glow” can remain for several weeks. If you wish, you can apply makeup to minimize the redness.
  • Some patients have also experienced itchingOptional over the counter antihistamine ie. Benadryl

If you have any further questions or concerns, please call us at (780) 461-1188