Imagine you could take all your skin concerns hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin. That’s essentially what Fraxel lasers do. Which is why the on-the-rise treatment has become a solution for people serious about blasting away imperfections for good. “I use Fraxel literally everyday,” NYC-based dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum tells ELLE.com. “My best patients are the acne scarring patients who can’t believe that something has given them such a rush of self esteem. And the photo damage patients getting their skin to a neutral tone instead of being speckled is really satisfying to them. People are really happy with it.”
How do Fraxel lasers work?
No matter which Fraxel laser you choose, the mechanism is the same. Nussbaum explains the energy from the lasers creates tiny “columns of thermal destruction” in the skin that stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace old, damaged cells. “It’s really working from the inside out,” Nussbaum says of the skin turnover and collagen production, which is actually just the body’s natural healing process accelerated.
How do you prepare for a Fraxel laser treatment?
First, make sure you don’t have extensive breakouts, open wounds, or infections on the face. Stop using products with retinoids one week before your treatment. On the actual day-of, you’ll be topically numbed for 45 minutes, and the procedure itself takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on where you’re getting treated.