We are born with smooth, baby like skin. As we go through life, our skin is subject to many experiences that make it less than perfect. Time, heredity and gravity work against us. Sun exposure, acne and smoking also take their toll, adversely affecting the health and appearance of the skin on our face, neck and chest. We notice the development of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, scars and a leathery texture. The skin lacks luster and the complexion may become sallow. Fraxel® Re:store laser resurfacing can even the irregular pigment and remove much of the sun damage to reveal a smoother and glowing appearance. Fraxel® has also moved to the forefront as the first choice technology to treat some types of acne scars.
Fraxel® Laser resurfacing was introduced in 2005. This revolutionary technology uses laser energy to destroy tiny microscopic columns of skin, which are replaced with new collagen as the healing occurs over several days after the treatment. Dr. Alison Black, Brooke Smart, FNP and Cheryl Sundlov, PA-C typically recommend a series of four Fraxel® treatments over 4-6 months. After a series of treatments the skin becomes softer, smoother and fresher-appearing. The fine lines around the eyes will be noticeably reduced.
What can I expect during and after treatment?
To minimize the discomfort of Fraxel® laser treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied beforehand, and cold air is directed at the areas being lasered. Immediately after treatment the skin feels as if it is sunburned and the treated areas can be swollen. Swelling is usually resolved by two days later, and the redness, roughness and peeling will resolve in less than a week and can be covered with makeup if desired. You will notice improved, more even tone and smoother texture at this point, and the skin texture continues to improve over months, as deeper collagen formation and remodeling occur.
Complications from Fraxel® treatment (mainly an increase or decrease in pigment) are rare, but their risk is increased in tanned skin, so Dr. Black, Brooke Smart, FNP and Cheryl Sundlov, PA-C recommend no sun exposure to the area to be treated for four weeks prior to each procedure. Also, the laser-treated areas are more sensitive to sunlight for a few weeks, so a broad spectrum sunscreen is recommended at all times. Dr. Black, Brooke and Cheryl typically recommend that Fraxel® treatment be done in the fall, winter or spring, since avoidance of sun exposure following treatment is so important to achieve the best results.
How can I maintain my results?
The most important step in maintaining the results of your Fraxel® treatment is applying sunscreen daily. Vitamin C serums, retinols, growth factor peptides and alpha hydroxy acid skin care products can complement the benefits of Fraxel® resurfacing. Dr. Alison Black, Brooke Smart, FNP and Cheryl Sundlov, PA-C can help you design an effective regimen to help maintain your fresher, rejuvenated appearance after Fraxel® resurfacing.
Call Las Colinas Dermatology at 972.432.0300 and we will be glad to answer any questions and schedule a consultation with Dr. Alison Black, Brooke Smart, FNP or Cheryl Sundlov, PA-C to see how the Fraxel® Re:store treatment can give you fresh, glowing skin.