HOW DOES IT WORK?
The machine fires a laser beam which is then split into thousands of microscopic beams, producing tiny dot, or pixel-like treatment zones on the skin; referred to as MicroThermal Zones (MTZs).
These MTZs penetrate deep into the skin, like an ablative laser, destroying the old cells. For every MTZ that the laser has targeted and therefore treated, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This allows the skin to heal much faster than if the whole top layer of skin were removed as with an ablative laser. The body`s natural healing process means that the healthy tissue between the MTZs creates new, healthy tissue to fill in the damaged MTZs, hence slowly resurfacing the skin.
The laser treats between 12 – 20% of the skin with each treatment session.
WHAT CAN IT BE USED TO TREAT?
Fraxel™ is used for the treatment known as skin rejuvenation, which includes; the reduction and possible removal of fine lines and wrinkles, improvement of deeper wrinkles, repair of sun-damaged skin on the face, neck, shoulders and hands, the reduction of age spots and blemishes, acne scars and hyperpigmentation (areas of darker pigment or brown patches in the skin). Early trials also indicated that it is safe for use on most skin types, including Fitzpatrick skin types IV and V; Hispanic, Asian, Indian and lighter-toned black skin.
WHAT DOES THE PROCEDURE FEEL LIKE?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cooling is built directly into the new handpiece for improved patient comfort. The treatment takes 20 to 25 minutes for a full face with additional time for anesthetic application. After the treatment, most people feel like they have sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is treated, continue to protect the surface as directed. For conditions such as melasma, it is very important to avoid direct sun exposure. Your practitioner will give you specific advice based on your individual needs.
SIDE EFFECTS & RISKS
Fraxel™ offers speedy healing and minimal to no downtime.
For several hours after treatment, the skin will feel tight and have the appearance of a “sunburned” look. The skin will continue to look “pinkish” for a few days and any swelling, which should be minimal, usually disappears after 1 – 2 days.
A bronzed, suntan look caused by the dead, burnt cells at each MTZ will remain for 3 – 14 days before naturally exfoliating.
As the skin heals itself, you will find mild to moderate skin flaking, possibly accompanied by itching, which may last for up to 2 weeks.
There is a very limited risk of infection or scarring, with no oozing or crusting of the skin has occurred according to the manufacturer.
Unlike as noted with other laser and IPL treatments, there appears to be no risk of hyper- or hypo-pigmentation (areas of darker or lighter skin color) with Fraxel. This is thought to be due to the fact that areas of healthy tissue are kept intact between the treated areas, unlike with ablative lasers, meaning that lasting pigment change does not occur.
If the practitioner uses the laser at higher powers, there is a risk of mild blistering (mainly on the chin and temple areas) and/or temporary skin discoloration, especially in darker-skinned patients.
The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. Your practitioner will provide specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize any side effects.
- The most powerful device in the world
- Minimal downtime for stretch marks and acne scar