Fraxel Laser Resurfacing
How It Works
Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. We use the CO2RE Fractionated Laser. Unlike conventional lasers that emit one solid pulse of light, this fractionated laser emits many individual ones which preserves healthy skin cells between each pulse. This greatly shortens the recovery period. The size of each pulse of light can be changed as well as the depth of penetration. For thin to moderately thick skin and deep facial wrinkles, the Fraxel laser is a must. This laser removes the old skin and helps to build a new layer of collagen as the new skin grows back.
What Problem It Corrects
In 2019, there is only one way to smooth out moderately deep facial wrinkles and remove thick pigmented lesions. This is what the CO2RE Fraxel Laser does best.
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How It Feels
You may feel heat that intensifies over the course of the treatment, so we recommend having this treatment performed under oral sedation and local anesthesia.
How Long It Takes
We ask you to arrive 1 hour prior to the time of your appointment so that oral sedation medication may be administered and allowed to take effect. The Fraxel Laser Resurfacing takes about 45 minutes. You are allowed to leave once you are alert enough to walk but will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for the following 6 hours. Total time is usually about 2 hours.
How Many Sessions Are Recommended
Fraxel Laser Resurfacing can be performed on an annual basis; however, if you are happy with the initial results, then only 1 session is needed. Patients often want to know how long the effects will last. Laser resurfacing will not stop the aging process, so we estimate that 1 treatment will last for up to 5 years.
What To Expect After Treatment
A couple of hours after you leave the spa, the local anesthesia will start to wear off and you will experience some tingling and burning which will last for approximately 12 hours. The next day, your skin will begin to peel and flake off, leaving you with what will remind you of a bad sunburn. That is because the laser has taken off the outer layer of skin. This is absolutely necessary in order to eradicate those deep lines and wrinkles. You will be able to apply makeup 5 to 7 days after your treatment.