Fraxel® Anti-aging Treatments
Fraxel reduces the effects of time on the skin, uncovering more youthful, radiant skin. Clinical studies have proven that the Fraxel is the gold standard; is less painful than other similar treatments; takes less time; is less costly; and, most importantly, is safe for the removal of wrinkles and scars. When combined with the Zimmer air-cooling system, the treatment feels like a series of small rubber band snaps.
How Fraxel Works
Through precise thermal manipulation of the epidermal and dermal tissue, Fraxel remodels collagen through the papillary dermis to promote collagen production and the production of new and beautiful skin. This laser is great for the following treatment areas:
- Face: surface wrinkles, brown spots, pigmentation, roughness, acne scars
- Face, Neck & Chest: acne scars
- Neck: wrinkles and pigmentation
- Chest: sun damage, wrinkles, freckles, brown spots
- Hands: age spots, weathered appearance
- Arms: age spots, rough skin, actinic keratoses
- Hips & Abdomen: stretch marks
The Fraxel Consultation
Every patient requires a consultation with a licensed laser provider prior to receiving any laser treatments. During the consultation, we will examine your skin type, tone, and texture and discuss your desired results. We will review your medical history to ensure you're a good candidate for treatment and can safely receive lasers. Once we determine you can safely receive Fraxel and that it's the right treatment for your unique needs, we'll get you started with a treatment series for best results.
The Fraxel Treatment
Prior to treatment, your provider will apply a topical numbing cream and allow time for it to activate. This allows you to feel more comfortable during the Fraxel procedure. Once the numbing cream has taken effect, we will give you special protective eyewear; this protects your eyesight from the beam of light. Your provider will wear special goggles to protect their eyes as well. We will then use the laser to pinpoint the specific areas of concern. Following treatment, you will receive post-care instructions and schedule you for a follow-up treatment.
What to Expect from a Fraxel Treatment at Ultra Smooth Skin
At Ultra Smooth Skin, our providers are experienced and trained in numerous laser skin treatment technologies, including Fraxel, Clear and Brilliant, and more. With our main office in Scottsdale, we offer patients superior laser results and convenient appointment times in a comfortable, welcoming environment.
As with any skin treatment, what works for some patients won't work for others. While you may think that Fraxel is the right solution for you, other laser treatments may be better indicated based on your skin type, tone, texture, and primary concerns. The only way to know for certain what laser treatment will work best for you and to get your questions answered is to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced providers. While you wait for your appointment date, read the below frequently asked questions we get from patients in our Scottsdale medical spa.
- What is the Fraxel laser?
- Why should I choose Ultra Smooth Skin for Fraxel treatments?
- Is Fraxel FDA-approved?
- What are the benefits of the Fraxel laser treatment?
- What conditions can be treated with the Fraxel technology?
- How many treatments will I need?
- What happens before Fraxel treatment?
- What are the side-effects of Fraxel?
- When can I go back to work?
- Can I wear makeup or shave after Fraxel?
- What can I do to protect my new skin following my Fraxel treatment?
- Where can I see Fraxel before and after photos?
What is the Fraxel Laser?
Fraxel is a laser used to treat damaged and aging skin by harmlessly penetrating the outer layer of skin, but only selectively targeting the bad skin. This method protects the skin from enduring too much damage at once and eliminates much of the downtime associated with CO or Erbium laser resurfacing treatment.
Why should I choose Ultra Smooth Skin for Fraxel treatments?
Lisa Williams, ANP-C and owner of Ultra Smooth Skin in Scottsdale and Chandler has extensive experience and training in laser skin treatments for fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, and more. Her experience and credentials include American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery, where she has also been a fellow since 2005. She also served as a medical laser safety officer, developed many of the rules and regulations surrounding cosmetic laser treatments and safety and has trained many other aesthetic providers in the use of laser skin treatments.
Is Fraxel FDA-approved?
The Fraxel Laser has received FDA clearances for skin resurfacing procedures; the photocoagulation of pigmented lesions, such as lentigos (age spots); solar lentigos (sun spots) and dyschromia; treatment of periorbital wrinkles; and for dermatological conditions requiring the coagulation of soft tissue. It is also approved for the treatment of scars and wrinkles.
What are the benefits of the Fraxel laser treatment?
This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deeply into the dermis.
What conditions can be treated with the Fraxel technology?
Wrinkles, poor texture, large pores, sun spots, brown spots, scars, melasma, and uneven pigmentation can be treated successfully with the Fraxel laser. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about two to three months
How many treatments will I need?
We recommend between 3–5 treatments for optimal results.
What happens before a Fraxel treatment?
Your skin will be cleansed thoroughly and a topical anesthetic will be applied. The procedure is relatively painless, and takes about 15 minutes to conduct. It is safe for all skin types.
What are the side effects of Fraxel?
Side effects are minimal and usually limited to a sunburn-like redness which disappears in about 24 hours. Within 24 hours, new epidermal skin will develop and your skin will have a bronze appearance which can last from three days up to two weeks depending on what level of treatment you have received. As the new epidermal tissue replaces the damaged tissue, your skin will flake off. Moisturizer can counteract some of the flaking effect.
When can I go back to work?
Typically patients find they can go back to work soon after treatment or the next day.
Can I wear makeup or shave after Fraxel?
You may apply makeup or shave soon after treatment. However, we recommend that you also use sunscreen under your cosmetics to protect your fresh skin from sun damage.
What can I do to protect my new skin following my Fraxel treatment?
Absolutely be sure to wear at least SPF-30 sunscreen and apply twice a day. You must completely avoid the sun and take extra care to protect your skin from more damage.
Where can I see Fraxel before and after photos?
If you visit the Fraxel website by Solta Medical®, they have a large selection of before and after photos from patients who have had Fraxel treatments for various skin concerns and anti-aging results. We also have before and after photos available for your review here in our practice.