Fractional laser resurfacing helps patients reduce the signs of aging and other damage without the long recovery times of traditional laser resurfacing. At Sauceda Dermatology in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Ana T. Sauceda uses the state-of-the-art Fraxel® laser system to achieve optimal results in both women and men.
Fraxel® is the proprietary name of a laser system that uses fractional laser technology to resurface and rejuvenate damaged skin. Unlike other types of lasers that treat the entire surface of skin, Fraxel® treats tiny columns of skin (or “fractions”), leaving very small areas between the columns untouched. As a result, patients can experience all the benefits of traditional laser resurfacing procedures but with much faster healing time.
Fraxel® can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation including melasma, sun damage and textural irregularities that make skin look and feel worn, aged and tired out.
Prior to treatment, the skin will be carefully cleansed and a numbing cream may be applied to reduce discomfort. Once the skin is prepared, the Fraxel® handpiece will be passed over the skin, emitting precise “doses” of laser energy that penetrate the skin to specific depths. The laser energy works to reduce or eliminate signs of damage while also promoting the development of collagen and elastin so skin looks and feels more resilient and firmer over time. The length of the treatment session will depend on the size of the area being treated. Once treatment is complete, skin may appear reddish and mildly swollen, with upper layers peeling away in a couple of days following the procedure to reveal smoother, fresher skin beneath. Complete care instructions will be provided to promote proper healing.
Most patients see initial improvement in the appearance and texture of their skin once healing is complete, with continued improvements as collagen and elastin production is “ramped up.” For deeper lines and wrinkles, a second Fraxel® treatment session can be completed about six weeks after the initial treatment if needed.
The results of laser resurfacing generally last about eight to 10 years. Taking care of skin using moisturizers and sunscreen can help results last as long as possible, and “touch-up” treatments may be used to maintain results indefinitely.
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