Find out how our Fraxel laser could treat most of your skin concerns.
From fine lines to acne scars, we all have certain imperfections that keep our skin from looking its best. But what if we told you that your dermatologist in Brookline and Andover, MA, Dr. Alan Rockoff, can reduce or even eliminate these common flaws to reveal healthier, more radiant skin? If your interest is piqued, it’s time to find out about Fraxel laser skin resurfacing!
What is Fraxel?
While many people turn to Fraxel laser treatment to treat acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation, that list is only a small sampling of the skin problems that this simple laser treatment can improve. While the face is the most commonly treated area, patients may also choose to get Fraxel laser therapy on the chest, neck, back, hands, and arms.
Fraxel treatment uses a dual laser system, with one laser designed to target sun damage and pigmentations (e.g. age spots), while the other is used to penetrate a bit deeper to break up scar tissue, smooth away wrinkles, and improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.
What does the Fraxel procedure entail?
Before we begin treatment at our Brookline and Andover offices, your skin doctor will apply a numbing solution over the skin. Once the numbing gel has taken effect (taking about 45 minutes), the laser is directed over the skin. This procedure only takes about 30 minutes to complete, and while you may feel a slight pricking sensation, the numbing gel will help to greatly minimize any discomfort.
Is there a recovery period?
While Fraxel laser treatment isn’t invasive, it will leave skin red and peeling. Because of this, many patients choose to take a few days off from work in order to allow their skin time to heel. It can take up to 5 days for the peeling and redness to go away. During this time, it’s important that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin whenever you go outside.
How many Fraxel sessions will I need?
This will depend on the type and severity of the issues you are treating. Minor pigmentations can get removed in as little as one or two sessions, while more serious scarring or wrinkles can take up to 5 sessions. You can expect, on average, to go through about 3-5 sessions spaced several weeks apart.
Give us a call!
Are you interested in learning more about the Fraxel laser and how it can help you? If so, call The Rockoff Dermatology Center in both Brookline and Andover, MA, today to learn more!