Introduction to Fraxel Laser Technology
What It Is and How It Can Help Your Skin
When you look at your body in the mirror, what stands out to you most? If you are like most people, you focus on your biggest flaws. Maybe the flaws you see are concentrated in your face. You are watching fine lines and wrinkles develop with age. Perhaps you have skin discoloration or moderate to severe scarring from acne or an injury. You may even suffer from sagging skin or other imperfections caused sun damage or other health conditions.
While you may choose to accept your flaws and highlight your attributes, you may also choose to seek out professional laser resurfacing procedures to make those flaws less prominent. If the term “laser resurfacing” brings to mind images of raw, swollen flesh and exaggerated results that look unnatural, let us introduce you to advanced Fraxel laser technology.
This advanced form of laser resurfacing causes far less skin damage and does not require lengthy recovery periods. You can spend less than an hour with a trained professional and enjoy results that look natural and fresh. In less than a week, you will have fully recovered from a Fraxel treatment, and in many cases, only one treatment is needed to achieve the desired results.
What Is Fraxel Laser Technology?
Fraxel is the name of a laser resurfacing machine that was introduced to the market in 2004. Prior to the development of this technology, laser resurfacing treatments were either ablative or non-ablative. Ablative treatments caused significant damage to the dermis and epidermis, but they delivered maximum results in just one treatment. Non-ablative treatments like IPL were introduced to produce less surface damage to the skin, and reducing the amount of recovery time required post treatment.
Fraxel laser machines were developed as an advanced form of traditional laser treatments. This technology allowed technicians to target smaller areas of skin in a more precise manner, causing far less damage to surrounding skin tissue. Fraxel treatments are just as effective as traditional laser resurfacing procedures, but they cause far less damage to the outer layers of the skin. This means that it takes five days or less to fully recover from this type of treatment.
The main difference between traditional ablative laser treatments and Fraxel laser treatment is the type of laser beam sprayed onto the skin. Traditional treatments saturated the skin with a single beam, damaging all skin cells in the treated area of skin. Fraxel machines break that solid beam of light energy up into thousands of tiny beams, so some areas of the treated skin are not exposed to the heat produced by the lasers. This technology is referred to as fractioned laser technology, and it is now used in many other types of machines as well as the Fraxel machine.
Potential Side Effects
There are not many side effects to worry about with Fraxel laser treatment or any of the other types of fractional laser treatments. You can expect to receive treatment in less than an hour, and most patients can comfortably carry on with their daily lives after leaving the office. If you are worried that others may notice swelling or redness after the procedure, you may choose to take the rest of the day off and treat your skin with an ice pack to relieve those minor side effects. Most people do not notice significant swelling or redness, but it is prudent to expect some minor effects.
If you have dark skin, there is a chance you could experience some pigment changes after the procedure. This may also happen if you have a history of pigmentation concerns. You can discuss this possibility with your chosen Fraxel provider, though it is not an issue for most people.
Moving Beyond the Original Fraxel Laser Machine
The most current fractional laser machines offer the most precise results with treatments reaching deeper layers of the dermis.
While the original Fraxel laser machine was a huge improvement over the laser treatments used previously, these modern fractional machines produce even less damage to the epidermis while delivering greater results in just one or two treatments. These machines are not mainstream yet, but you can expect to hear more about them in the near future as consumers catch on to their benefits.
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