Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing

Available In Pittsburgh, PA or Columbus, OH

What Is Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing?

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.

Candidates For Fraxel Skin Resurfacing

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 Concerns Can Fraxel Laser 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.

The Fraxel Skin Resurfacing Treatment

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A “smart scanning” handpiece 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 of 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 the following weeks and months revealing bright, even-toned and plumper skin.

How Many Fraxel Laser 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 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 needed. 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.

Results Of Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing

Improvement in the skin can be seen almost immediately, however depending on 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.

How Is Fraxel 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 Treatments

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 “sunburn” effect lasting a day or two after treatment. Another common side effect may include mild swelling to the treatment area.

How Long Does A Fraxel Laser Treatment Take?

To start your treatment at our four Skin Center full-service medical spa locations, we first apply topical numbing anesthetic to the areas to be treated. This takes about an hour to fully take effect. From there, treating the entire face with Fraxel takes just 20 to 25 minutes.

How Should I Prepare For My Fraxel Laser Treatment?

Preparation is simple. Fraxel patients need to stop using any retinoids, acids, exfoliators, or other products that can cause your skin to be more sensitive for at least a week prior to your treatment. If your appointment is in the afternoon, you can apply makeup as usual, and we’ll simply remove it. If your appointment is first thing in the morning, don’t apply any makeup.

What Do I Need To Avoid After Having Fraxel?

The main thing to avoid after having these treatments is the sun. After your Fraxel session, you need to understand that your skin has temporarily lost some of its natural sun protection, so you need to apply 30 SPF sunscreen and wear protective clothing. You need to do this for about three months. That may sound extreme but remember it’s likely that too much sun exposure is what created most of your skin issues in the first place.

Can I Combine Fraxel Laser Treatments With Other Procedures?

You can combine a number of treatments together with a Fraxel session at The Skin Center. If you’d like to remove some stubborn pockets of fat, you could combine a CoolSculpting session before or after your Fraxel treatment. If you’re looking to tighten your profile and remove your double chin, Kybella injections could be combined. You could even combine liposuction, particularly on a small area. The only procedures you wouldn’t want to pair with Fraxel would be treatments of the same facial skin, such microdermabrasion or microneedling.

If you’re interested in getting more out of your appointment by combining treatments, let’s talk about that during your consultation.

Is It Painful To Have Fraxel Laser Resurfacing?

We apply numbing cream an hour prior to your session. This ensures you’ll feel little. Some patients say the laser pulses feel like a prickly sensation that passes immediately. Others say there is a sensation of warmth and heat, but that it isn’t unpleasant. Most patients feel these treatments are easily tolerated.

What Is Better About Fraxel Laser Treatment Compared To Other Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatments?

Fraxel was the original fractional laser, and since its debut the platform has been continually getting even better. At The Skin Center, we use the Fraxel Dual system for all of fractional resurfacing. Here’s what makes it superior to other laser resurfacing options.

The Fraxel Dual system is actually two lasers in one. There is a 1927nm wavelength that is used for pigmentation problems, such as sun spots. And there is the 1550nm wavelength that is used to improve skin texture, acne scarring, and lines and wrinkles.

At The Skin Center, we use Fraxel Dual with both wavelengths or separately depending on the needs of the individual patient.

  •     Fraxel 1927nm — Sun spots, age spots, freckles, melasma, or actinic keratoses. No one likes these pigmentation issues, and that’s what this aspect of the Fraxel Dual system targets with its thulium fiber component.
  •     Fraxel 1550nm — This wavelength is in effect an erbium laser. It penetrates deeper into the dermis layer of the skin to initiate higher levels of collagen and elastin production. This improves the appearance of acne scars, wrinkles, overall skin texture and tone.

Is Fraxel Safe For All Skin Types?

Yes, these treatments are safe for all skin tone and types. If you have an active acne breakout, it’s best to wait for it to clear before having Fraxel.

Side Effects Of Fraxel Laser Treatments

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 “sunburn” effect lasting a day or two after treatment. Another common side effect may include mild swelling to the treatment area.

What Is Intense Pulsed Light?

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Available at The Skin Center locations in both Columbus and Pittsburgh, Intense Pulsed Light treatments make fading freckles, sunspots and other complexion concern a problem of the past.

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To schedule an appointment or to learn more information on Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing, please call 412-429-1151 or fill out our contact us form.

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