Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
Available In Pittsburgh, PA
What is Fraxel?
Fraxel® is a non-ablative laser skin treatment that improves skin tone, texture, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation without the downtime typically associated with ablative skin resurfacing treatments.*
Available in Pittsburgh, Fraxel laser treatments are performed in our three med spa locations: Mt. Lebanon, PA, Shadyside, PA and Wexford, PA.
Who is a good candidate for Fraxel?
Fraxel is the ideal laser treatment for people with active lifestyles who want to improve skin tone and texture without the downtime or redness associated with other laser skin resurfacing treatments.
What Can Fraxel Resurfacing Treat?
Offering the most advanced fractional technology, the Fraxel® Dual 1550/1927 laser treats a wide array of skin conditions, including:
- Fine Lines and Wrinkles
- Age Spots / Sun Spots
- Melasma / Hyperpigmentation
- Acne Scars / Surgical Scars
- Textural Irregularities
How Does Fraxel Skin Resurfacing Work?
Fraxel laser treatments are completely customizable to treat specific, individual skin conditions by stimulating the production of healthy, new skin. The Fraxel laser uses unique fractional laser technology to create microscopic channels deep beneath the surface of the skin.
As the skin begins to heal, the channels repair themselves by creating new collagen and healthy skin. Imperfections like brown spots, wrinkles and scar tissue are replaced with smooth, toned and more youthful looking skin.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Fraxel treatment begins with a topical anesthetic being applied to the face approximately 60 minutes before the treatment session. The topical anesthetic is removed prior to the start of treatment. A “smart scanning” hand piece applies the laser energy to the treatment area ensuring consistent results. The treatment takes about 20 to 30 minutes for a full face.
Due to the topical anesthetic and the cool air applied during treatment, most people find the Fraxel laser treatment to be comfortable. When asked, patients describe the feeling as a “prickling” sensation. An oral sedative can be given to patients who have sensitive skin and feel more discomfort than the average patient.
Once the treatment sessions are complete, the skin continues to heal itself in following weeks and months revealing bright, even toned and plumper skin.
How Many Fraxel Treatments Will I Need?
Because Fraxel is completely customizable to the individual, it is difficult to determine the number of treatments without knowing what type of skin condition is being treated. In Pittsburgh, Fraxel treatment plans are developed during a free skin consultation. During the consultation your specific skin conditions and concerns are discussed and your skin is evaluated.
However, for general skin rejuvenation, typically one or two treatments are need. To treat hyperpigmentation or sun damage additional treatments are needed – up to five sessions in some cases. Typically, Fraxel treatments are performed in a series of four or five sessions, spaced two to four weeks apart.
How is Fraxel Laser skin resurfacing different from other skin resurfacing treatments?
Fraxel uses unique fractional technology to treat the face. During each session only 20 to 25 percent of the surface is treated – eliminating the side effects typically associated with laser skin resurfacing treatments. Fraxel offers the same effectiveness as the harsher, yet effective ablative laser treatment, but with the speedy healing time associated with the gentler, non-ablative lasers.
Side Effects of Fraxel Laser
Fraxel is considered to be among the most effective laser treatments with the least amount of associated side effects. Typical side effects include a mild “sun burn” effect lasting a day or two after treatment. Another common side effect may include mild swelling to the treatment area.
Results after Fraxel Treatment
Improvement in the skin can be seen almost immediately, however depending in the skin condition being treated, result time will vary. For fading of freckles and hyperpigmentation, you can see improvement after just one treatment. For collagen building (skin firming) you may begin to results after the three treatments.
Generally, you will see an improvement in the tone and texture of your skin after just a single treatment.