After the summer season, (not to mention the general stress of 2020), your skin might need a refresher. If you’ve got the motivation to improve your complexion, but not a lot of time, a Fraxel laser treatment may be the answer you are looking for.
Fraxel lasers target aging and sun-damaged skin with tiny laser columns of energy that penetrate deep into your skin to speed up your body’s collagen production. It resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out The result is a natural look, not overdone. Your moisturizer and make up will slide on leaving you with a glass-like finish.
Does It Hurt? A lot can be done to minimize the slight discomfort and sensation of heat during the treatment. An hour before treatment, a topical anesthesia is applied. This numbs the surface of the skin. During the procedure cold air is blown on the skin to cool things off. Some patients also opt for“ProNox” gas inhalation which has an anesthetic effect and also temporarily eases anxiety.
The treatment itself takes about 45 minutes depending on the area to be covered. Most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
What about the after care? Your skin will look red and a little puffy for about five days. During that time, it is essential to keep it well moisturized and to wear sunscreen when you go outside. In the time of this pandemic, a mask, sunglasses and a hat are recommended to keep you safe. It will also do wonders to keep you covered up. In a week or less, you’ll start to see a difference. There will be a reduction of unwanted brown spots, reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars.
While most people opt for treatment to the face, Fraxel can be used to improve the appearance of the decollete, hands and any other area that needs resurfacing. The effects of the treatment last about a year or more and can be repeated for even more dramatic results.