Fraxel® Treatments

Stop hiding behind that make-up and let your skin shine! Fraxel® laser is a revolutionary laser system that can give the results of more invasive lasers without the side effects or significant down time. In addition to being the only FDA approved procedure for treating acne scarring and melasma, Fraxel® is the ultimate laser system for skin rejuvenation correcting pigmentation, laxity and fine lines and wrinkles. It is most commonly used for the face, neck, chest and hands, but can be used on any skin surface.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fraxel® laser is a revolutionary laser system that can give the results of more invasive lasers without the side effects or significant down time for healing. It can be used on any skin surface and any skin type. Unlike other effective laser systems, Fraxel® works by targeting damaged skin cells such as those from acne scarring, sun damage, or abnormal pigmentation. Fraxel® causes micro-injury to the deep layers of the skin to stimulate the natural healing process and accelerate the production of collagen with new, healthy skin cells. Fraxel® is ideal for:

  • Acne scarring. Fraxel® is the only FDA approved procedure ever for acne scarring. Previously, your only choice for significant results was CO2 laser resurfacing, which is very painful, is performed under general anesthesia, requires weeks of recovery, and could have numerous side effects, including infection and worsening of the scars.
  • Age and sun related skin damage. Fraxel® is ideal in treating the photo damaged skin of the face, neck, chest, and hands by reversing the signs of aging including sun spots or abnormal pigmentation, wrinkles (especially around the lips & eyes), and texture & tone changes.
  • Fraxel® is the only FDA approved procedure ever for melasma. Fraxel® targets and destroys abnormal pigmentation in the skin and is more effective than any topical cream, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion for this condition.
  • Fraxel® can greatly improve the look of scars resulting from surgical procedures, acne, or any other type of scarring.


It is performed right here in our office. Upon arrival, you will be taken to a room where a powerful topical anesthetic will be placed on your skin. You can then relax for approximately one hour while the anesthetic takes effect. After a thorough cleansing, a thin coat of gel will be applied to help the laser glide over your skin. The laser treatment is directed at the skin through a handpiece while you are comfortably reclined.

The laser treatment itself takes between 30 - 60 minutes. After the procedure, your skin will be thoroughly cleansed and moisturized, and sunscreen will be applied.

There is some discomfort associated with the procedure, which most people describe as a mild stinging sensation. The topical anesthetic and a cooling device used during the procedure will help to alleviate this discomfort. You will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then minimal discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish tone for a week or more with some possible mild swelling. This is a normal sign that the skin is deeply healing. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves within 2 - 3 days. Some people choose to take Tylenol or Benadryl to minimize these side effects.

You may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment, much like you would over a sunburn. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, the day after treatment. Others require a little more time, depending on their skin's reaction to the treatment. As your skin goes through the healing process, you can anticipate these changes:

  • Your skin will have a bronze appearance that can last anywhere from 3 to 14 days, depending on your treatment level.
  • Your skin will naturally exfoliate as new skin replaces dead tissue. Flaking is similar to that of a minor sunburn, but without the associated pain. Use of a moisturizer will mask the appearance of flaking.

Generally 3 to 6 treatments, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, are required to see optimal results in most patients. Your physician can help to tailor your treatment plan at your first treatment.

  • Face: $1000
  • Face & Neck: $1200
  • Hands: $400
  • Scars: $300 – $500 depending on size of the scar
  • Chest: $800
  • Other areas by consultation

Because of the anticipated swelling with the procedure, most patients will choose to have this performed when they do not have to return to work for a day or more. To minimize bruising, it is also advised to avoid Aspirin - and Ibuprofen - containing products for the week before and after treatment. You should avoid any tanning of the areas to be treated for at least two weeks before, and the month after treatment. You should discontinue any topical retinoid or retinol 2 weeks prior to treatment. You should use a

 while receiving treatments.

Following the recovery period, some patients report noticeable improvements after their first treatment. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months after a treatment after the deep skin levels respond with the production of collagen and new healthy skin cells.

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