Fraxel is a brand family of fractional laser skin treatments that offers treatments at different levels of intensity.
The fact that they are fractional lasers means that the laser itself is made up of hundreds of tiny columns of energy. Because the laser is split into tiny bits, Fraxel lasers affect only parts of the targeted area and thus have shorter healing times than non-fractional lasers.
There are four levels of intriguingly spelled Fraxel treatments that increase in strength. They include "re:fine," "re:store," (both of which are erbium lasers) "re:pair," (a C02 laser) and the most recent addition to the clan, "re:store Dual" (which combines an erbium laser and a thulium laser).
All of these treatments work by making tiny wounds in the dermis, which activate collagen production and prompt the growth of new cells. The result is plumper, smoother, healthier-looking skin.
What It's Good For
Fraxel lasers can treat wrinkles and sun damage appearing on the face, arms, hands, chest, and neck.
- Fraxel re:fine, a non-ablative laser, treats fine lines around the eyes, age spots and sun spots, pigment inconsistencies, and uneven skin tone.
- Fraxel re:store, also a non-ablative laser, treats deeper eye creases, acne scars, surgical scars, age spots and sunspots.
- Fraxel re:pair, an ablative laser treatment, treats wrinkles, sun-induced redness, and irregular skin texture.
- Fraxel re:store Dual, a non-ablative laser, treats dark pigment, like melasma and age spots.
Who it works for: A common side effect of the Fraxel lasers is an increase in the production of melanin in your skin, causing hyperpigmentation - skin discoloration. Though patients of all skin tones can experience this splotchy effect, it is more common in darker skin.
Recommended age range: There are no age requirements for Fraxel treatments.
When will I see results?: It can take about two days for redness to disappear and for your skin to return to its natural tone. Your skin should flake, exfoliate, and peel off over the next two weeks. With the milder treatments, more than one session is often required for substantial results.
How long it lasts: You may need to get up to five treatments, spaced two weeks apart from one another, for the results you desire. Results will last about six months.
Key benefits of Fraxel: There's a type of Fraxel for almost every skin condition and skin color. It's the all-star of lasers.
Licensed uses: Fraxel was approved by the FDA in July 2005 for treating facial lines and wrinkles. Fraxel re:pair is cleared for wrinkles, texture irregularities, age spots, and sun-induced redness of the face.