The Fraxel Laser Treatment by Solta penetrates through the skin causing regeneration of deeper skin levels. The skin becomes tighter while skin color and texture are made more even. Patients typically have minor redness and swelling which resolves within 24-72 hours after treatment. Best Impression was the first plastic surgery practice to incorporate the Fraxel laser in Philadelphia, making our staff extremely experienced and knowledgeable regarding treatment.
What is a Fraxel Laser Treatment?
Fraxel by Solta is a groundbreaking laser treatment that can significantly improve cosmetic appearance. Fraxel spearheaded “fractional photothermolysis,” which is a procedure in which thousands of microscopic laser columns strike specific columns of skin leaving normal, un-lasered skin between treated skin. This procedure stimulates collagen formation, creating a smoother, healthier skin surface. In the past, lasers struck the skin in a flat way, treating the entire surface of the skin evenly. The Fraxel treatment allows much deeper penetration because it strikes in columns, leaving normal islands of skin between the columns. In this way, the patient receives a deeper and more effective treatment without requiring a long recovery. The laser creates oxygen tunnels all the way down to the dermis, supplying oxygen to deeper skin levels and stimulating collagen regeneration.
During the first hours after treatment, the treated skin may feel slightly sunburned. It will appear pink or red. Placing cool packs on your face immediately after treatment should be enough to reduce most discomfort. The day after treatment, mineral makeup can be applied to reduce the sunburned appearance. The skin will naturally bronze over the next week and will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer recommended by our aestheticians to promote prompt healing and to reduce the appearance of dryness.
The most common side effects of the Fraxel laser treatment are inflammation and redness. The swelling that occurs is very minimal and will diminish after a day or two. The redness will fade within a few days to reveal your new and beautiful skin. Some other short term side effects of this treatment include itchiness and dry skin. The risks of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring are very limited. Dr. Mirabile, Dr. Hsu and their skin care specialists will advise you on what is best for your post-procedure treatment to minimize undesired side effects and maximize prompt healing. Most patients can go right back to their daily routine after a Fraxel laser treatment.
Studies show that this treatment is most effective if 3-6 sessions are spaced apart by 3-4 weeks. Depending on lifestyle, schedule and desired outcome, the doctors will discuss how to space out these sessions. The results from the Fraxel laser treatment are both instantaneous and progressive. You will see the best results in about 2-3 months. In that time, the skin will be completely healed leaving new collagen and elastin to replace old tissue.
Pricing varies based on the condition and the areas are being treated. If the maximum benefit is desired, it is recommended that 3-6 treatment sessions are spaced 3-4 weeks apart. Three consecutive treatments, followed by yearly treatments for maintenance, are ideal. Pricing is subject to change.