The Fraxel re:store™ Laser treatment is FDA approved and targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. This non-ablative laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, thus leaving the surrounding tissue intact, promoting very rapid healing. The Fraxel treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
Pre procedure Information
How Long Does It Last?
Results are progressive, with the treatment time frame and structure needing to allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue. It also depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin.
Am I suitable
During the consultation, the doctor will assess you for suitability for the treatment and make his recommendations.
How long will I need to take off work
There is no need to take time off work, but please note that there will be 3 to 4 days of redness which can be covered with makeup. Please enquire with our staff about non-irritating Jane Iredale mineral makeup with built-in sunblocks.
Will I need Someone to Arrange accompanied Transport home
About The Procedure
First, your skin will be cleansed and analyzed. Then a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area for about 60 minutes for numbing to take effect. The Fraxel re:store procedure takes approximately 20-25 minutes for a full face.
About the Machine
Fraxel is the pioneer of “fractional photothermolysis,” a technology in which thousands of microscopic laser columns – each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle – treat a fraction of the skin at a time without affecting the surrounding tissue. These microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the dermis to create tiny wounds, which trigger your body’s natural response system to heal those wounds. This process expedites your body’s remodeling of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, fresher, more youthful-looking skin. The Fraxel laser is FDA cleared for the following:
- Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Age spots/sunspots (pigmented lesions)
- Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose)
- Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
- Skin resurfacing
Post Procedure & Recovery
During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally brown over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.
Will There be Any Pain/Discomfort?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
What Activities am I allowed To do
You can resume normal activities the day after the procedure.
What should I avoid
Remember to wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.
Potential risk and complications
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from Fraxel re:store treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a very limited risk of infection or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of treatment and on your particular healing characteristics.
how many treatments do i need and how will they be spaced?
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and the physician may choose to space treatment sessions further apart
what are the benefits of fraxel re:store™ treatment?
- Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Erasing of unwanted brown spots
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
- Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars