Our expert says:
Hi Nancy, thank you for the question.
Fraxel (in the hands of an experienced operator) has been shown to be an effective treatment for pigment removal, softening of wrinkles, improving overall texture and luminosity of the skin, and tightening skin. The degree of improvement is dependent on the age of the skin, the degree or extent of sun damage and scarring, etc. and the area being treated.
There are 3 types of Fraxel machines and each has a specific indication and degree of improvement (see below) so find out which machine your doctor has:
This fractional, non-ablative treatment delivers a gentle yet effective option for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing. Indicated for the treatment of improving the texture and tone of skin, pigmentation and periorbital fine lines—all with minimal downtime or discomfort
Indicated for the treatment of photodamage, mild to moderate periorbital wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars, Melasma and Actinic Keratosis
This fractional treatment CO2 laser is an aggressive treatment for moderate to severe photo damage. Specifically it is indicated for the treatment of pigmented lesions, moderate to severe wrinkles and furrows in lax skin, fine lines, textural irregularities, and vascular dyschromia.
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