Fraxel lasers are used for a wide range of cosmetic purposes from hyperpigmentation to fine lines. Basically, these peel away the old, damaged layer of skin to revel its new, healthy layer. Indeed, many board-certified dermatologists and aesthetic surgeons use it every day on their patients because of the impressive results.
The Fraxel cost varies widely depending on the type of laser used, the size and location of the treatment area, and the doctor’s expertise, among other factors. Since Fraxel treatments are generally considered as cosmetic in nature, these aren’t usually covered by medical insurance. Ask about financing options if you’re worried about the cost of initial and follow-up treatments.
What Does It Treat?
Fraxel treatments are generally used in the treatment of:
* Hyperpigmentation or sun damage
* Acne scarring
The laser treatments can be used on the entirety of the face as well as on the neck and décolletage, even on the hands and arms.
Also, Fraxel treatments provide better results than topical treatments in the treatment of textured acne scars including boxcar, icepick, and rolling scars. The laser goes deeper into the skin and, thus, breaks up scar tissue better than topical creams.
The number of Fraxel treatments necessary for results to be seen depends on the area being targeted. In case of hyperpigmentation, 1 to 2 sessions may be needed with the sessions spaced about 6 to 8 weeks apart. For acne scarring and wrinkles, 3 to 5 sessions may be required with the sessions spaced 4 weeks apart.
How Does It Work?
Fraxel dual lasers feature two lasers with different wavelengths in a single device. The first laser targets sun damage and hyperpigmentation while the second laser targets scars, wrinkles and texture issues.
There are also several types of Fraxel lasers. The Fraxel Restore, for example, is a non-ablative laser while the Fraxel Repair uses an ablative fractionated carbon dioxide laser that requires more downtime.
All Fraxel lasers, nonetheless, have the same mechanism. The energy from the concentrated light beam creates tiny columns of thermal energy that, in turn, stimulates the growth of new, healthy skin cells; the old, damaged skin cells are then replaced. The laser also stimulates collagen production and skin turnover, which are the body’s natural healing processes and which are accelerated through the introduction of laser.
How Is It Done?
Before undergoing a Fraxel laser cost per treatment, be sure that you don’t have open wounds, extensive pimple breakouts, and/or infections on your face. Be sure to stop using retinoids and related products for a week before the treatment, too.
During the procedure, your doctor will apply a topical numbing agent before applying the laser. The procedure can take between 20 and 30 minutes depending on the size and location of the treatment area. You may feel mild discomfort during the treatment.