About Fraxel Laser Treatments
Fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatments at Advanced Plastic Surgery Center are nonsurgical cosmetic procedures that use pulsating beams of light to remove damaged skin layer by layer for a rejuvenated appearance and texture. The treatment is performed to reduce facial lines and wrinkles and for diminishing skin irregularities such as acne scars, pigmentation, and other flaws. Also referred to as a laser peel, laser skin resurfacing is an effective treatment for patients desiring softer, clearer, youthful-looking skin. Depending on the condition of the skin, the laser can be adjusted accordingly. There is some downtime associated with most laser skin resurfacing treatments. Any concerns or questions can be discussed with Arlington, VA plastic surgeon Dr. Talal Munasifi during the initial consultation.
What is a Fractional Laser?
Fractional lasers are both ablative and non-ablative that create tiny holes in the deep layers of the skin. The skin's natural healing process creates tighter, firmer, and healthier skin. Fractional lasers may also be performed to treat fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage, and uneven pigmentation.
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If you have a deeper or more intense laser peel, you may be asked to use a topical retinoid for a few weeks before your laser treatment. This helps prepare the skin for maximum results. Medication will be given prior to the treatment to help reduce pain so you can relax during your session. If your skin needs mild correction, a topical anesthetic will be used to numb certain areas where the laser will target. For the full face or more intense laser treatments, some type of sedation may be necessary. During the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser glides over the skin, precisely targeting the designated areas for improvement. You will feel heat followed by cold air from the built-in cooling system. The laser works to destroy damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen growth.
What to Expect
Following a fraxel treatment, the skin will appear red and there will be some irritation and swelling. The recovery time of a fraxel treatment usually lasts around two weeks. Medication can be prescribed to help reduce the side effects that can typically occur after treatment such as irritation, swelling, and burning. All patients should limit their sun exposure after their laser treatment and apply sun protection regularly. Regardless of the intensity of the peel, the skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel away. It is important to avoid interfering with the healing process to evade scarring and to protect your face from sun exposure. Once the peeling process has been completed, your skin will feel softer while looking rejuvenated, clearer, and younger.
Some results can be seen after one Fraxel laser treatment. However, many patients require a series of treatments in order to see optimal results. The amount of treatments needed will be determined within you initial consultation and may be adjusted throughout the treatment process.
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A Softer, Clearer Complexion
A laser skin resurfacing peel with Fraxel technology offers outstanding results if you want a younger-looking complexion. If you are considering a laser treatment and would like to learn more about them, as well as other nonsurgical options Advanced Plastic Surgery Center offers, we invite you to call our office in Arlington, VA today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Munasifi.