Miami Fraxel Doctor®  – What is Fraxel?

Here at Miami Fraxel Doctor®, we specialize in a unique technology called Fraxel. This  laser treatment is designed to work with the skin to promote natural rejuvenation and healing. The video below accurately shows what to expect after the treatment and what fraxel can actually do. This treatment works with the skin cells instead of reconfiguring or destroying them and most patients undergo a course of one or more treatments in order to get the desired results. This special, non-surgical laser treatment has become increasingly popular since it was first offered to patients in 2005. One of the primary reasons that Fraxel is a preferred method for scar and wrinkle removal is that the treatment is considered very safe with over 800,000 procedures performed successfully.

The Fraxel laser was designed by Reliant Technologies. It’s named after the fact it works on only a fraction of the skin’s cells. This type of skin resurfacing is ideal because it requires less recovery time than chemical peels and laser peels.  Lessening of injury to the skin also means that the final results of a Fraxel treatment might not be as drastic as those from a traditional chemical peels. Since Fraxel is designed to provide gradual results, most men and women who undergo the procedure set up a course of one to five treatments.

View Before And After Photos in Video Above.  Video shows treatment of acne scars, wrinkles, and resurfacing.

As seen in the video above, Fraxel treatments are used on a wide variety of skin conditions including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Sun spots
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Melasma
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

In order to truly understand what Fraxel is and how it works, consumers must first understand the basics of laser skin resurfacing. Many are already familiar with these types of treatments thanks to prior exposure to laser skin peels and other resurfacing procedures. At their base, all laser skin resurfacing technologies work around the same model. The underlying idea is that by burning off a small group or layer of cells, the skin will be encouraged to produce a layer of new, healthier skin.

This new, healthier skin is often plumped enough during the laser procedure that wrinkles are also diminished or eliminated. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels, also use this logic to encourage the growth of healthy skin cells. However, these older techniques tend to cause much more injury to the skin than Fraxel laser treatments and necessitate longer healing times. For this reason, many patients choose laser treatments even when they are more expensive than other types of skin resurfacing.

How Does Fraxel Work with the Skin?

The laser skin science that powers Fraxel is called fractional photothermolysis. In simple terms, that means that Fraxel targets only a fraction of the skin with a laser designed to burn away old, dead skin cells and encourage the growth of new, healthy cells. The Fraxel laser is designed to burn a very small portion of the skin cells in a given area with each trigger or pulse of the laser. For patients, this means that more of the skin cells are left intact so that healing is fast with great results.

What Fraxel and other laser treatments target is the production of collagen, an essential protein that offers softness and elasticity to the skin. As people age, their collagen production decreases, leaving skin drier and more prone to wrinkling. By encouraging the skin to produce more collagen, Fraxel treatments can help patients notice a lessening of wrinkles and scars. Because it causes less damage than traditional skin resurfacing treatments, Fraxel is also widely considered safe for use on individuals with darker skin.  Contact our Miami office to reserve your complimentary consultation.