FAQs – Fraxel®

Fraxel® Treatment

*Treatment results vary person to person.

Q.  What is Fraxel® Laser Treatment?
A.  Fraxel® Laser Treatment (FLT) from Reliant Technologies is a new aesthetic solution that repairs aging and sun-damaged skin — pixel by pixel, spot by spot. We describe it as new-generation laser skin resurfacing, similar to digital photo-editing software for your skin. Think of your skin as a family portrait or digital photo in need of high-quality restoration or touch-up. Imagine how the portrait would be delicately restored, one small area at a time; or a photograph might be digitally altered, pixel by pixel. That’s the principle behind the Fraxel® Laser Treatment.
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Q.  How does Fraxel® Laser Treatment work?
A.  Similar to the technique of editing a digital photograph comprised of pixels, Fraxel® Laser Treatment precisely produces thousands of tiny columns of treatment zones invisible to the naked eye that target flawed skin and leave surrounding healthy skin untouched. It is the only laser device specially designed to resurface a fraction of skin at a time without breaking the skin’s protective outer barrier. FLT reaches deep into the dermis to stimulate collagen remodeling in the skin layers below. In this way, the body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections.
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Q.  How long does the procedure take?
A.  The procedure (including the application of topical anesthetic) typically takes between 1 and 2 hours.

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Q.  What does the Fraxel® laser treat?
A.  Fraxel® Laser Treatment is currently FDA cleared for skin resurfacing procedures; to treat fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes; and for treatment of pigmented lesions, including melasma, age spots, sun spots, dyschromia and actinic keratosis, and to improve the appearance of acne and surgical scars. Based on clinical experience to date, doctors are reporting noticeable improvement in patients after 3 to 5 treatments. In our practice, we have observed noticeable improvements in uneven skin color and wrinkles around the eye area.  Our Fraxel® laser resurfacing results are comparable to other traditional modalities that are associated with far more significant side effects and downtime.
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Q.  What should I expect after the treatment??
A.   Depending on the level of treatment, you will experience redness and swelling after the procedure which diminishes as quickly as the next several days. Your skin may also appear bronzed, and this as with redness can last over the next week or two.  As you continue with treatment sessions, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat after each treatment.  As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally, revealing fresher, glowing and smoother looking and feeling skin.
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Q.  Are there any negative side effects?
A.  We have not experienced any significant or long-lasting adverse effects and have we seen a low incidence of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation and no reported cases of hypopigmentation. The clinical endpoint we look for with Fraxel® Laser Treatment is cell turnover and peeling. After treatment, the patient’s skin tends to be pinkish-red for a few days up to two weeks with slight to moderate swelling immediately after treatment. This is normal and signifies that the dermal tissue is being repaired and there is good blood circulation. The repair process typically entails a “bronzing” that lasts anywhere from 3 to 14 days after treatment, followed by a flaking process of exfoliation as the reorganized epidermal skin gradually replaces dead tissue.
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Q.  Does Fraxel® Laser Treatment hurt?
A.  Treatment is well-tolerated with a topical anesthetic ointment to alleviate discomfort. We also use contact cooling (if applicable) to increase patient comfort during the procedure. Patients can apply make-up or shave after treatment.
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Q.  Are your patients satisfied?
A.  There has been huge patient satisfaction. What makes FLT such a success is that virtually every patient who gets treated experiences a cosmetic enhancement. Treatment offers immediate results — softer, smoother and toned skin — plus an ongoing, cumulative improvement that creates a healthy, vibrant and youthful appearance.
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Q.  Is there an ideal candidate for treatment?
A.  Our typical patient is someone who has photodamaged skin — lines and wrinkles, skin discoloration, dull or rough texture, age spots, etc. Fraxel® Laser Treatment especially appeals to those patients who want the positive results of traditional resurfacing methods with minimal downtime or risks. It also appeals to those who are looking for a more dramatic result than might be achieved with non-ablative techniques.
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*Individual results may vary.