NYC Dermatologist Dr. Eric Schweiger is a frequent user of the SR 1500 Fraxel laser (Fraxel Re:store) to treat acne scars and a myriad of other skin aliments.
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding this fractional laser:
What is Fraxel Laser Therapy?
The Fraxel laser is a non-invasive laser treatment that can be used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, blood vessels, acne scars, and melasma. It is called the “Fraxel” because it treats only a fraction of the skin at a time, leaving normal skin in between treated areas to speed up healing time.
How does Fraxel laser treatment work?
The Fraxel laser treats a fraction of your skin’s tissue at a time to give you optimal results. The laser works by producing thousands of microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into the layers of skin that stimulate your own natural healing process. The body then produces collagen to replace the damaged skin. The results are more youthful, smoother, and healthier appearing skin.
What conditions does Fraxel treat besides acne scars?
Fraxel laser treats numerous skin conditions including sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. It can restore your skin’s texture and surface, reduce the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, and also treats discoloration or uneven pigmentation. In addition, the Fraxel reduces the appearance of surgical scars. The Fraxel laser can create smoother and healthier skin on your face, neck, chest and hands.
What type of patients can benefit from Fraxel treatment?
The Fraxel laser is intended for men and women of all ages who want to enhance the texture and appearance of their skin. With numerous types of treatments, Fraxel has different options for your unique skin type.
Is Fraxel laser safe?
With over half a million procedures already performed, Fraxel has an excellent safety record.
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.
What should I expect during and after the treatment?
After your consultation, your doctor will determine which type of Fraxel laser treatment is best for your skin. The treatment will be done right in Dr Schweiger’s office. When you arrive, your skin will be cleansed thoroughly. Then a topical anesthetic will be applied to the surface of your skin. It will take about 60-90 minutes for the anesthetic to fully work and then your treatment will start. The anesthetic will then be removed. The actual laser treatment will only take about 20-25 minutes for the entire face. Your healing process will begin with some redness, swelling, or a sunburn sensation. Depending on your type of treatment, you can return to your regular routine in as little as a couple hours or up to a few days.
How many treatments will I require?
Most Patients require 3 to 5 treatments depending on the indication