We know you’ve been thinking about getting that Fraxel treatment for a while, and we completely understand! Fraxel is a revolutionary procedure in the world of cosmetic dermatology, and it’s a game-changer for anyone interested in reversing the signs of aging in their face. For those who already know about our Fraxel Laser Treatment, here’s some more information you should know before committing to it.
Pre-Op and Post-Op
Because changes in your skin can significantly impact your skin’s reaction to the fractional laser in our Fraxel Laser Treatment, we highly recommend you follow these precautionary procedures at least four weeks before and after you come in for the procedure. First, avoid too much sun, as it can cause damage to the skin when paired with the Fraxel Laser Treatment. Second, don’t start using new skincare products, including topical and oral medications, as they may not mesh well with the procedure.
Even if you begin taking medications that aren’t necessarily for your skin, it can still affect your skin in ways that you may not be able to see just by looking at your skin. If you need to introduce a specific product into your skincare or overall health regime, definitely speak to your dermatologist about it first. Before trying the Fraxel Laser Treatment for the first time, we also advise that you do a small patch test on the skin behind your ear and then informing your dermatologist if you experienced any negative side effects, such as irritation or redness. This is a definite indicator that your skin is simply too sensitive for the fractional laser procedure, which is extremely important to know before diving headfirst into using the treatment on an entire section of your face.
Our Fraxel Laser Treatment isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” procedure that will instantly transform your face into exactly how you want it to look. The great thing about Fraxel is that it’s excellent for those who have specific issues they want to get rid of, such as crow’s feet around the eyes or smile lines around the mouth. It’s not something for people who want their entire faces to look better, and it’s not for everyone. If you suffer from signs of anti-aging, Fraxel could be perfect for you, but it probably isn’t if you aren’t experiencing this skin condition yet. Always be sure to consult with your dermatologist about which procedures and skincare products are best for your skin concerns; don’t put all your eggs in one cosmetic treatment basket.
Don’t Go Overboard
Most dermatologists recommend about three to five sessions of the Fraxel Laser Treatment, with at least four weeks in between each session. Doing sessions too often or getting more than recommended is overkill and can seriously damage your skin—making it look worse. It’s easy to become obsessed with cosmetic procedures and to go overboard on them if you’re determined to make your skin look a certain way, and this can prove to be quite dangerous. With Fraxel or other laser treatments, your skin can appear unnaturally shiny, similar to the way plastic looks.
Because fractional laser resurfacing causes microscopic wounds in your skin to increase its collagen production, your skin can develop this unsightly, shiny appearance when it is forced to heal too many wounds in too short of a period. Once you drive your skin to this point, it may never completely heal and look normal again, so it’s in your best interest that you listen to your dermatologist’s limit of Fraxel on your skin.
Fraxel Laser Treatment at Miami Center for Dermatology
We have an incredible selection of cosmetic and medical treatments, but not all procedures work for everyone. Make sure to speak to your dermatologist or schedule a skin consultation with us so we can recommend which treatment will suit you the best. Check out our website to contact us!