Many actresses reveal the secret to their glowing skin is as simple as periodic Fraxel laser treatments. In fact, Courteney Cox and Kim Kardashian are both said to be fans. The laser technology penetrates the skin and helps it shed damaged skin cells. At the same time, it triggers the production of collagen to improve your skin quality. Common problems treated by Fraxel laser are acne scars, age spots, discoloration, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture. Dr. Edward Buckingham offers this safe skin resurfacing treatment at his Austin, Texas, facial plastic surgery practice.
Am I a Good Candidate for Fraxel Laser?
As Fraxel laser treatments are safe, most men and women with uneven skin tone or texture are excellent candidates. The only way to know if you are definitely a good candidate is by talking to a facial plastic surgeon who is skilled in Fraxel laser treatments. During this consultation, you’ll learn if Fraxel is right for you or if there are other skin rejuvenation treatments available to improve your skin’s appearance.
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The length of a Fraxel laser treatment depends on the amount of skin damage you want repaired. Plan for treatment times to range from 15 to 45 minutes, but Dr. Buckingham will give you a better idea of the length during your consultation.
Does it Hurt?
Some people compare the sensation felt during Fraxel laser treatments to that of having a rubber band snapped against the skin. Following the treatment, some find their skin looks like they spent too much time in the sun, but this is a temporary issue. Either way, the discomfort is minimal.
What Are Common Side Effects?
For two or three days following the procedure, you may experience mild swelling and redness. You can hide the redness with makeup immediately after the treatment. Your skin may feel dry for a week, but you can use a light moisturizer to alleviate that sensation. If you have any areas with raw skin, cover them with Bacitracin and do not pick at them as they heal.
What Do I Need to Do Following Laser Treatments?
The Fraxel laser is gentle enough that there are very few rules to follow. As soon as you leave Dr. Buckingham’s office, you’re free to put on makeup and sunscreen. When washing your face, avoid using an abrasive facial cleanser or any facial toners for a week. Cetaphil is a good choice for a mild cleanser. Do not use products containing glycolic acid or Retin A for two weeks. Finally, make sure you apply and reapply a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher throughout the day. Try to limit your time in the sun, if possible.
Why Do I Have White Patches?
Some people experience hypopigmentation (diminished skin pigmentation) following Fraxel treatments. It is usually nothing to worry about, and it will resolve itself over time.
How Do I Correct Dark Patches After Not Using Enough Sunscreen?
After a Fraxel laser treatment, you do need to avoid the sun. If you forget to put sunscreen on or your sunscreen wasn’t effective, you will experience post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Skin lightening creams can help reduce the dark patches. You might also need additional Fraxel laser treatments or even a chemical peel.
Will My Insurance Cover the Cost?
Fraxel laser treatments are cosmetic in nature. It is unlikely health insurance will cover the cost.
Read more Fraxel laser questions at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery. To learn more about the procedure and cost of a Fraxel treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Buckingham. The Austin facial plastic surgeon holds board certification in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery and otolaryngology. Dr. Buckingham’s office can be reached at (512) 401-2500.