Fraxel is a non-invasive fractional laser treatment used for treating sun spots, fine lines, melasma, acne, stretch marks, scarring, surgical scarring and traumatic scarring. Fraxel can minimize the appearance of surgical and traumatic scars with minimal downtime.
What does it mean to be a fractional laser?
Fractional lasers treat microscopic areas of the skin in each pulse, leaving the surrounding area intact. Treating the skin in this way allows for faster healing, compared to traditional resurfacing lasers. Using a fractional laser is safer and often more effective than the older non-fractional lasers.
Fraxel is very effective for many types of scarring. It can be used effectively for the revision of surgical scars. Scars that don’t look the way you hoped can be revised and improved upon with a series of Fraxel treatments. This can be done on any part of the body.
How does Fraxel work?
The Fraxel laser produces numerous microscopic laser columns that penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin to stimulate your skin’s own healing process. The damaged skin is then replaced with collagen produced by your own body. The result is a smoother, healthier appearing scar.
With over half a million procedures already performed, Fraxel has an excellent safety record. It is safe to use on all surgical scars and will not compromise the surgery in any way.
Is the Fraxel laser safe on darker skin types, like Asian, Indian and African-American skin?
Fraxel laser is safe and effective on all skin colors because it does not target melanin, the pigmented cells in the skin.
What should I expect during my visit?
After your initial consultation, we will determine the best course of action for the treatment of your scar. The treatment will be done in the NYC office of Schweiger Dermatology in Manhattan.
Upon arrival, we will cleanse the skin and apply a topical anesthetic to the skin surface. It will take approximately 60 minutes for the aesthetic to take effect. The anesthetic will then be removed and the Fraxel treatment will begin. The actual treatment takes between 10-30 minutes, depending on the size of the scar. You will have only very minimal discomfort during the procedure. After the treatment, your skin may be red and slightly swollen and may feel like you have a sunburn. This will resolve within a few days.
How much does Fraxel treatment for surgical and traumatic scars cost?
The price of Fraxel treatment for scars varies by the size of the scar and the area treated. It can range from $395 to $1200 in cost in general.
How many Fraxel treatments are required to treat a surgical or traumatic scar?
The treatment of scars typically requires 3-5 treatments, at one month intervals.