Summary: Fraxel® represents the latest advance in laser technology: a carbon dioxide laser that offers all the benefits of ablative laser resurfacing, yet without the significant discomfort and downtime associated with aggressive invasive laser treatments. Here are three specific ways that Fraxel® can improve your appearance.
1. More Even Skin Tone
If your skin tone leaves something to be desired, laser resurfacing may provide the ideal solution. Whether you have a lifetime supply of freckles or have noticed new sun spots that have appeared in the past few years, laser resurfacing can balance out darker and lighter patches for an even, luminous look. Even dark spots resulting from acne or other facial scarring can be improved with Fraxel®, along with some birthmarks and even medical conditions such as melasma.
After treatment, remember to continue protecting your skin from the sun as much as possible. This means hats for shade, long sleeves and investing in an effective and high-quality sunblock. Although laser resurfacing can help diminish existing sun damage, it’s definitely not a preventative measure against future exposure.
2. Diminished Wrinkles
The outermost surface layers of the skin are constantly subjected to environmental stressors like sunlight, pollution and a lifetime of facial products and cosmetics. The damage from these elements typically remains invisible to the naked eye for years, seeming to catch up with your chronological age all of a sudden around the late 30s or early 40s. In reality, this damage was there the whole time, but it takes decades for the cumulative effects to become apparent. When all this is combined with the changes your skin goes through as you age, fine lines and wrinkles appear as the first evidence that it’s time to get more serious about your skincare regimen.
Fraxel® sloughs away the damaged outer skin cells, or epidermis, revealing the clearer, smoother layers of skin below for a younger, unlined appearance. While the results aren’t as extreme as a surgical facelift, many dermatologists feel that laser resurfacing treatments can improve the health of the skin enough to delay the need for surgery by several years.
3. Increased Collagen Production
A decline in collagen production is part of the natural aging process. Without the skin-plumping benefits of sufficient collagen, skin takes on a crêpey appearance, and becomes more prone to lines and wrinkles, as well as becoming looser. These effects are only accelerated with exposure to environmental factors like UV radiation from sunlight.
Fraxel® harnesses the power of laser energy to boost the skin’s natural collagen production again, without a complex surgery that would require a lengthy recovery. This combination results in maximum results with minimal downtime for an immediate improvement and, over time, a boost in your body’s collagen production levels at the treatment site.
Is Fraxel® Right for You?
Although the advanced technology, rapid recovery time and impressive results afforded by Fraxel® laser resurfacing are undeniable, it’s important to remember that a treatment is really only as good as the physician in charge of administering it. Take the time to find a board certified dermatologist with significant experience in laser treatments and cosmetic procedures before committing to an appointment. In the right hands, Fraxel® can help resolve many of the major complexion concerns that lead men and women to consider cosmetic surgery, yet without the risk of anesthesia, incisions or scars.