- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Fraxel Repair, also referred to as Fraxel Re:pair, is a type of ablative fractional laser resurfacing treatment. Ablative, fractional laser resurfacing treatments use targeted heat energy to encourage skin desquamation, which exfoliates away old, damaged tissue to reveal healthier skin beneath. Fraxel Repair, not to be confused with Fraxel Restore which is a non-wounding laser, gives patients dramatic results in just one treatment session. Patients who desire treatment for deeper acne scarring may require an additional treatment for optimal results. Prior to treatment the skin will be evaluated, cleansed, and a topical anesthetic cream will be applied. Local numbing shots may also be administered to the treatment area as well as an oral sedative for optimal patient comfort. A cooling air stream is also commonly used throughout treatment. The laser will then be expertly applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. The provider will closely monitor the skin to ensure an effective but comfortable session. Once the skin has been thoroughly treated, a soothing serum or ointment will be applied and a bandage may be applied to the skin. Alternative treatments such as microneedling, light therapy, microdermabrasion, or non-ablative laser resurfacing treatments can also improve the appearance and texture of the skin but will require more treatments to obtain and maintain results.
The goal of Fraxel Repair laser skin resurfacing treatment is to reduce skin imperfections such as pigmentation irregularities, sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles, skin laxity, scars and certain precancerous growths.
What to Expect
Fraxel Repair is an ablative, fractional laser that improves skin complexion by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and pigmentation irregularities. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Fraxel Repair treatment.
- A retinol cream or hydrocortisone pretreatment may be prescribed
- Avoid sun exposure
- Do not use tanning products
- Decrease alcohol consumption
- Discontinue use of any harsh skincare products, peels, and aggressive scrubs
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least 6 hours prior
- Topical or local anesthetic
- Laser is applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections
- Once treated, a serum or ointment will be applied
- Bandage may be applied to the skin
After a Fraxel Repair treatment the skin will be red, raw, and slightly swollen. Keep the treated area covered in a thin, protective layer of a moisturizing ointment such as Vaseline or Aquaphor while healing. After 1-2 weeks, new skin will have formed but will likely remain pink or red in tone for several months. To prevent irregular pigmentation always use a broad spectrum SPF to protect skin from sun exposure.
The ideal candidate for Fraxel Repair laser skin resurfacing has photo-damaged skin, pigmentation irregularities, uneven skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Patients desire dramatic results in 1 treatment session and are willing to adhere to at least a 1-2 week recovery period.
Not Recommended For
Fraxel Repair fractional laser resurfacing is not recommended for use on darker skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation.
Side effects from a Fraxel Repair treatment may include burns or other injuries from the laser's heat, scarring, changes in the skin pigmentation, infection, and milia formation.