Fraxel Laser Treatments

Laser skin treatments have become increasingly popular over the past decade for one simple reason—they work. But not all laser treatments are created equal. As more and more fractional lasers claiming to be the latest and greatest have flooded the marketplace, many have tried to duplicate the technology and results of the Fraxel Laser. However, the Fraxel Laser stands in a class by itself as the first and most effective fractional laser device used for skin rejuvenation, and Houston laser treatment patients should accept no substitutes.

What is the Fraxel Laser?

The Fraxel Laser, which is made by Solta Medical, is a laser device that takes its brand name from its innovative fractional skin resurfacing method. Men and women who seek skin rejuvenation with the Fraxel Laser typically can’t spare a lot of downtime for recovery, but they want to address a wide range of cosmetic skin concerns, such as photo-aging and sun damage, poor skin tone and texture, and skin injuries related to trauma or inflammation.

Fraxel Laser treatment is ideal for correcting any of the following problems on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands:

  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Age spots or brown spots
  • Melasma
  • Acne scars
  • Scars
  • Mild to moderate wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Rough skin
  • Thin, crepey skin
  • Large pores
  • Actinic keratosis (precancerous skin)

How Fraxel Laser Treatment Works

When Fraxel doctors talk about the laser’s “fractional” technology, they are referring to the way Fraxel treats the skin. It uses a dual wavelength laser system to penetrate skin tissue in microscopic columns, heating the underlying layers of skin tissue, targeting damaged skin cells, and stimulating collagen remodeling. All this adds up to dramatic skin rejuvenation results with little to no downtime. Because only a fraction of the skin and not its entire surface is penetrated by the laser, Fraxel is considered a fractional laser.

Houston Fraxel Laser patients who visit Basu Plastic Surgery can expect their treatment to take about 1.5-2 hours. About an hour of that time is used to cleanse the treatment area(s) and allow the numbing gel to take effect before Fraxel Laser treatment begins. Cooling fans are also used during treatment for patient comfort.

Fraxel Results and Recovery

Fraxel Laser treatment is so gentle that most patients experience only mild redness and swelling (like a sunburn) for 1-3 days after the procedure. A small amount of skin peeling may also occur. It is very important to use broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF 30+) during the Fraxel Laser recovery period and in between treatments.

The best Fraxel Laser results are typically seen after a series of 3-5 Fraxel treatments spaced 2-4 weeks apart, and the new collagen growth stimulated by the Fraxel Laser will help your skin continue to improve for several months after treatment.

Schedule a Consultation Today

To learn more about Fraxel Laser treatment in Houston, call us at 713-799-BASU (2278) to schedule a personal consultation and skin evaluation at any of four convenient Basu Plastic Surgery locations in Katy, the Woodlands, Cypress and downtown Houston.

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