Fraxel Laser Skin Treatment
Laser resurfacing also referred to as a laser skin peel is a controlled method to remove a thin layer of sun -damaged or wrinkled skin. The removal of the “old” skin layer allows a new skin layer to regenerate. The new skin that is generated will appear smoother,less blemished, rejuvenated and fresh.The texture of your skin will improve. Additional hyperpigmentation and acne scars can also be addressed with laser resurfacing. Dr. Kopelman utilizes Fraxel® lasers for superficial wrinkles and erbium/YAG lasers for deeper wrinkles. Skin resurfacing is also commonly combined with eyelid surgery to address loss of elasticity of eyelid skin and to improve the quality of the skin during facelift surgery.
The Fraxel ® laser is a fractionated laser device that splits the laser light beam into multiple microscopic beams ( as seen in the diagram on the right ). Fractionated lasers are very useful devices because they vaporize columns of skin called microscopic treatment zones (MTZ’s) leaving behind adjacent untreated microscopic columns of skin. These untreated areas act as a reservoir of cells that speed up the regeneration of adjacent columns of skin that have been removed with the laser. The Fraxel ® laser’s energy penetrates into the dermis and stimulates fibroblasts to produce a layer of new collagen which thickens the skin. Unlike other skin resurfacing lasers, Fraxel ® lasers are safe and effective for rejuvenating skin on and off the face. Therefore ,wrinkles and sun damage of the neck and chest can be greatly improved as well as stretch marks on the abdomen and other areas. Stretch marks typically occur following pregnancy or after a rapid gain in body weight.
Q:How many Fraxel ® treatments will be necessary to see an improvement?
A: After a series of treatments wrinkles, fine lines and sun damage will diminish. The silvery sheen of mature stretch marks will improve and the skin tone will appear more like normal skin.When Fraxel ® laser skin therapy is used in combination with IPL (intense pulsed light) treatments, the red discoloration of new stretch marks can also be diminished. In order to obtain the best results, usually a series of Fraxel ® laser and IPL treatments are necessary. The exact number of treatments will be determined based on your response to the procedure. Some patients will get excellent improvement in as little as two treatments but others may require additional sessions depending upon their reaction.The reduced downtime following a Fraxel ® laser treatment is a big advantage compared to ablative lasers.
Interested in learning if a Fraxel ® laser skin treatment is ideal for you?
Please call Dr. Kopelman at our Ridgewood New Jersey office at (201)-444-4499 or in NewYork City at (646)-841-1696 to arrange for an in-depth consultation to discover how a Fraxel ® laser treatment can refresh and rejuvenate your skin!
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