As you may know from reading this series of blog posts, I at Maine Laser Skin Care have continued to add new and state-of-the-art treatments for a wide assortment of skin conditions that have improved skin texture and appearance. Many of these new treatments, including the addition of micro needling, have targeted improving skin tightness and texture.
As great as many of these new treatments are for specific conditions and individuals, there are some people who have a combination or a severity of skin problems that require a much more intense solution. Many have asked me if Fraxel, which is a fractionated and very intense laser therapy, still has a role in an aesthetic office. To that question, my answer is very strongly and resoundingly, “Yes!”
Some patients who think that they need only micro needling receive my consultative opinion that they actually would benefit more from Fraxel to achieve the goals that they want. In general, Fraxel works best when people have a combination of skin damage occurring over a number of years.
The multiple age spots, broken capillaries, and loss of skin elasticity that occurs with chronic sun damage are the most common cases that would benefit most from Fraxel. The other most common beneficiary of the power of Fraxel is those with facial scars, especially acne scars which are very difficult to treat.
Maine Laser Skin Care is the leading provider of Fraxel treatment in Maine. I have seen some amazing transformations of chronic sun damage and acne scars over a series of treatments.
As you may have read in the past, Fraxel produces a resurfacing of your skin texture and complexion by producing thousand of microscopically tiny but deep holes in the skin. These treatment zones are surrounded by uninjured skin that allows for rapid healing of these controlled laser wounds.
In the first week after the Fraxel treatment, a virtual new skin layer forms over the controlled laser injury sites. This process eliminates pigmented and damaged skin cells, thereby improving skin appearance and superficial texture. Many people note that their skin feels better, softer, and smoother to the touch even before it starts to look better.
The deeper penetration of the laser columns stimulates new production of collagen that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and scars. In general, each Fraxel treatment results in rejuvenation and resurfacing of 20-25% of your skin surface.
As a result, the number of treatments needed to achieve the individual goals can vary between 3 and 6 treatment sessions depending on the severity of the skin condition and how good the individual wants it to look. Treatments are generally 4 weeks apart.
One other benefit of Fraxel skin resurfacing is that the collagen stimulation and skin tightening aspect of benefit continues to improve slowly but surely for 3-6 months following the last treatment. Another common question concerns how long the benefits last.
As I frequently say to many, these treatments can turn back the clock, but not stop the clock. In my experience however, generally a maintenance one-time yearly re-treatment can maintain the benefits of the initial more intense series of treatments.
So, no, Fraxel has not gone away. In fact, my Fraxel is used frequently for my most skin-damaged and scarred patients who have more problems than can be helped by more superficial lasers and micro-needling. If you or a friend or family member have skin issues and want a frank opinion on solutions, give us a call at (207) 873-2158 for a free consultation.