Best Candidates for Fraxel Resurfacing

The Fraxel laser skin resurfacing procedure has received FDA approval for treating many areas of the face and body, and restoring the skin after skin damage. However, this powerful procedure is only suitable for certain skin types, so it’s important for prospective patients to undergo a thorough skin evaluation and learn about alternative options when pursuing treatment.

The Fraxel laser offers three levels of fractional resurfacing treatments – re:fine, re:store and re:pair. Here’s a close look at how the fraxel laser resurfacing procedure works, and if you are a good candidate for treatment:

How Fraxel Resurfacing Works

Fraxel is different from other skin rejuvenation and laser skin resurfacing treatments, because it delivers tiny, microscopic laser beams deep into the skin’s surface, but only treats the damaged areas. This means there is less risk of damaging the surrounding skin tissues, and the burning process helps to trigger collagen production so that the skin becomes healthier, more resilient and smoother. Most people need approximately three to five laser treatments spaced about four weeks apart to see noticeable results. As the skin begins to heal and renew itself, it looks clearer, more toned, and becomes healthier.
Fraxel has received FDA-clearance for treating the following skin conditions:
  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Acne scars
  • Melasma
  • Sun-induced redness
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Irregular texture of the skin
  • Surgical scars
  • Fine lines around the eyes and mouth
The Fraxel laser can be administered on any part of the body, including the delicate skin around the neck and chest. The treatment does not require any downtime, and most treatments can be performed in under 25 minutes.

Good Candidates for Fraxel Resurfacing

You may be a good candidate for Fraxel resurfacing treatments if you meet the following criteria:
  • Are noticing premature signs of aging
  • Want to eliminate skin pigmentation or acne scars
  • Are prepared to stay out of the sun for several months after treatment
  • Have a fair, olive, or tan skin tone
  • Understand the risks involved with treatment
Fraxel resurfacing treatments offer a number of benefits for men and women of all ages, but the more aggressive treatments may not be appropriate for those with darker skin, as the burning process can cause permanent damage to the skin or excessive scarring.
Most patients can go back to work shortly after treatment, or the next day, and can wear makeup immediately after their session. They must also protect the skin with SPF 30-plus sunscreen twice per day, and completely avoid the sun to prevent further damage to the sensitive skin.
Individuals that want to enjoy skin tightening benefits in conjunction with their Fraxel treatments may consider ThermaFrax, a combination of Thermage and Fraxel that helps to tighten and tone the skin in one session.
Learn more about laser skin resurfacing treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Fraxel resurfacing procedure.