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Fraxel Laser Delivers Remarkable Results, but Does it Really Need to Hurt?

From a worldwide clinical experience of more than 800,000 treatments, the benefits of Fraxel laser include the following:

  • Improved skin tone and texture.
  • Removal of unwanted brown and age spots.
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improvement of acne and surgical scars.
  • Overall fresher, smoother, younger-looking skin.

How does Fraxel Laser Work?

Fraxel technology produces thousands of tiny pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath the skin’s surface to eliminate old, damaged skin cells. Fraxel treatments stimulate the body’s own natural healing process, which replaces damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. With this process, the integrity of the top layer of the skin is maintained, protecting the tissue and providing a faster healing time. This is key to the Fraxel technology because patients do not typically experience crusting or scabbing and have very little downtime.

What to expect?

Most patients experience mild redness and swelling and return to normal activities within 24 hours of treatment. The results of Fraxel laser are typically realized in about three-to-six sessions.

Does it hurt?

If patients are properly numbed topically with a suitable numbing cream for about one hour prior to the treatment, the majority of patients report of no or minimal discomfort during the procedure. Some centers either skimp on the cream and choose a less expensive topical numbing cream or skimp on the time needed for proper numbing. An hour of numbing seems to be the magic time needed to minimize discomfort.

For those patients that cannot afford the time required to numb prior to the treatment, IV sedation is an excellent alternative for the proper candidate. If you are shopping around for Fraxel treatments and cannot numb for an hour, ask the center if they offer IV sedation. Fraxel treatments deliver remarkable results with fast recovery.

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