Different forms of laser treatment are now available to treat various skin conditions and the signs of aging. Laser treatment for skin resurfacing has become popular in recent years. Fraxel laser treatment is a new weapon available in the search for youth and the maintenance of skin health.
There are several skin and anti-aging treatments on the market, including Fraxel, Thermage, Erbium and N-Lite Laser. Laser skin resurfacing works by creating microscopic wounds in the skin. As a result, the healing properties of the body come into effect, resulting in the production of collagen. This collagen acts to repair skin damage by replacing it with younger skin tissue.
Three types of Fraxel laser treatments are available. They are named Fraxel re: fine, Fraxel re: store and Fraxel re: even. The first two use the so-called non-ablative fractional fiber laser, while the latter uses the fractional ablative CO2 laser. Each works in a slightly different way.
The ablative CO2 laser is used effectively in facial rejuvenation procedures. It has been very effective in minimizing wrinkles and facial furrows. The downtime of this is up to a week. With this powerful treatment, only one session is usually needed to achieve the desired results.
Types of lasers used in skin resurfacing
The N-Lite laser does not damage the skin to produce the desired results. The laser stimulates collagen, so there is no reason for the patient to be anesthetized. N-Lite works more slowly and requires multiple treatments for the same effect. The good thing about N-Lite over Fraxel is that with N-Lite, the patient can get back to work immediately, without a break.
Erbium produces more heat than the N-Lite laser and is comparable to Fraxel. The recovery time is about 7 to 10 days and it is imperative that the area stays moist with an ointment or occlusive dressing for the first few days. Makeup can be applied after the first week and sunscreen should always be applied to the post-operative skin.
Fraxel re: fine is used for wrinkles around the eyes and scars resulting from surgery or acne. There is usually no time out for using these laser treatments. In rare cases, patients may need to minimize their social activities for two to three days.
Fraxel is used to dealing with a lot of things. These included:
Acne: Fraxel treatments have helped to get rid of acne scars.
Age spots: One of the signs of aging is the development of dark or dark spots on the skin, especially in areas exposed to the sun. These are now treated successfully with the skin being resurfaced using Fraxel.
Wrinkles: It is used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, called periorbital wrinkles as well as other facial wrinkles.
Scars and other skin lesions of the skin can also be treated.
After N-Lite treatment, patients can resume their makeup and return to work without anyone knowing that they have been treated. N-Lite is not as efficient as Fraxel when compared session by session, but over time it produces similar results.
Most patients need at least four treatments before starting to see results. These treatment sessions are spread over a period of two to four weeks between treatments depending on the intensity of the disease. As with all cosmetic advances, it takes time to get the right effect.
Fraxel works on all skin types, which is not possible with some popular skincare products. According to reports, the treatment has been used successfully in people with dark skin and fair skin. The versatility of the treatment makes it available for anyone of any nationality.
It is a minimally invasive procedure and, as such, patients have very little time to stop. In the hectic world of today, it is important and few people can put their lives on hold for a few weeks, the time of their healing. One of the benefits of Fraxel is that it resurface the skin damage leaving only the other areas of the face intact. It helps to speed healing. This process of treating only the affected area is called fractional processing.
Like any other treatment or skin care product, laser resurfacing has some side effects. These are not major and very few people will experience them. The most common side effects are the risk of scarring and a low risk of infection.
In addition, after treatment, there may be swelling and redness. Some people report having the appearance of having sunburn after laser treatment. These will disappear after a few days once the care instructions have been followed correctly.