The Fraxel Laser Treatment by Solta penetrates through the skin causing regeneration of the deeper skin levels. The skin becomes tighter and skin color/texture are made more even. After treatment, patients may have minor redness and swelling which usually resolves within 24-72 hours. Dr. Mirabile was one of the first plastic surgeons in North America to use the Fraxel laser. His was the first practice in Pennsylvania to have this technology. As a result, his staff is extremely well qualified to provide excellent treatments.
What is a Fraxel Laser Treatment?
Fraxel by Solta is a groundbreaking laser treatment that can significantly improve your appearance. Fraxel spearheaded “fractional photothermolysis,” (this means that thousands of microscopic laser columns strike specific columns of skin leaving normal (unlasered) skin between the treated islands). This treatment stimulates the skin creating a smoother, healthier skin surface. In the past, lasers struck the skin in a flat way, treating the entire surface of the skin evenly. The Fraxel treatment allows much deeper penetration of the skin because it strikes the skin in columns, leaving normal islands of skin in between the columns. In this way the patient receives a very deep and effective treatment without requiring a long recovery. The laser creates oxygen tunnels all the way down to the dermis supplying oxygen to deeper skin levels and stimulating collage regeneration.
During the first hours after treatment, the skin in the treatment area may feel slightly sunburned. It will appear pink or red. Placing cool packs or ice packs on your face immediately after treatment is typically enough to reduce any painful sensations. The day after your treatment, you can wear mineral make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week. Your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer recommended by our estheticians to promote prompt healing, and to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.
The most common side effects of undergoing the Fraxel laser treatment are inflammation and redness. The swelling that occurs is very minimal and will diminish after a day or two. The redness will fade within a few days to reveal your new and beautiful skin. Some other short lasting side effects of this treatment include a little itching, some dry skin and a bronzed skin appearance. The risks of infection, hyperpigmentation or scaring are very limited. Dr. Mirabile and his skin care specialists will advise you on what’s best for your post procedure treatment to minimize undesired side effects and maximize prompt healing. Most patients can go right back to their daily routine after a Fraxel laser treatment!
Many studies show that for this treatment to be the most effective, it is ideal to have three to six sessions spaced apart about three to four weeks. Depending on your lifestyle, schedule, and desired outcome, you and your doctor should discuss how to space out the sessions. The results from the Fraxel laser treatment are both instantaneous and progressive. You will see the best and final results in about two to three months. In that time your skin will be completely healed and you will have created new collagen and elastin to replace tissue that was damaged.
The price varies based on your condition and what areas are being treated. If you wish to achieve the maximum benefit, then it is recommended that you have four to six treatment sessions that are spaced about three to four weeks apart. Three consecutive treatments followed by one each year for maintenance is ideal. Pricing is subject to change.
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The Fraxel II SR1500 laser is a versatile cosmetic surgery tool that can help patient enhance their appearance by treating sun-damaged skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and removing brown spots. Learn more about this treatment by contacting Dr. Mirabile’s plastic surgery Philadelphia practice today at 610-272-8821. During your consultation you can learn about the many other skin care procedures available to Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County and Delaware County patients, including Botox injections and laser hair removal.4 January,2012