Fraxel laser treatment offers an effective, non-invasive way to reduce signs of aging, fade age spots and scars, and improve skin texture. Andover and Brookline, MA, dermatologists Drs. Alan Rockoff and Katherine Fening help their patients care for their skin with Fraxel laser therapy and other cosmetic skin treatments.
How does Fraxel laser treatment work?
Fraxel treatments target deep layers of the skin with pinpoint accuracy, yet don't harm healthy cells surrounding the treated area. The laser light destroys damaged skin cells, spurs the body to produce healthy replacement cells and increases collagen production. Because treatments only target a small fraction of skin cells, the surface of the skin remains undamaged.
When is Fraxel treatment recommended?
Your Andover or Brookline dermatologist may recommend the laser treatment if you have:
- Dark skin patches or age spots
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Surgical scars
- Acitinic keratosis
What happens during and after Fraxel treatment?
Numbing cream applied before your treatment ensures that you remain comfortable during the treatment. Although you may notice a little warmth when the laser light is activated, the device offers an integrated cooling effect that is very helpful. Treatment time varies depending on the number of areas to be treated, but generally takes about an hour.
Although it usually takes a little while to see significant results, you'll notice that your skin soon begins to look smoother, firmer and brighter after a treatment or two. Collagen regeneration doesn't happen instantaneously but takes a few months to occur. By the third or fourth month after treatment, you'll probably see a noticeable change in your appearance.
Your skin may be red and swollen immediately after your treatment. Redness may last for a few days or few weeks, depending on your skin type. It's important to use sunscreen to protect your skin and prevent new damage. Most people need four to six treatments monthly laser treatments for best results. Yearly follow-up treatments can help you maintain your appearance.
Improve your skin with Fraxel laser treatment! Schedule an appointment with Drs. Alan Rockoff and Katherine Fening by calling (978) 475-9230 for the Andover, MA, office or (617) 731-2390 for the Brookline office. Fraxel laser treatment is only offered in the Brookline office.