Laser Skin Resurfacing
There is something we all wonder about from Charlize Theron’s red carpet appearance to Chelsea Handler’s before and after – are the photographs real? Fraxel laser has received widespread attention whether its leftover imprints of a treatment or the more dramatic wrinkle disappearing act. Many celebrities swear by the treatment’s rejuvenating effects. The results of the procedure are downright compelling.
The Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provide laser skin resurfacing with Fraxel to patients in the greater Washington DC area and surrounding locations.
Understanding Fraxel Laser
Fraxel gets its name from using laser energy to treat a ‘fraction’ of the skin. Patients usually have a matrix of untreated skin next to the treated skin since the procedure leaves surrounding tissues intact. Treated areas may heal much faster, as a result, with less downtime.
Fraxel Skin Resurfacing Advantages
Fraxel laser treatments are ideal for people aged 25 – 60 that want to resurface and improve skin texture. It can be used for:
- Softening fine lines
- Lessening acne scars (boxcar, icepick, and post-acne hyperpigmentation)
- Addressing texture issues
- Healing traumatic scars (burns, injury, and surgical scars)
- Balancing uneven skin tone
- Lightening brown sunspots and age spots
- Reducing stretch marks
Fraxel laser technicians may use different settings on different areas to offer patchwork treatment for lasting results.
Mechanism of Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fraxel and other fractional laser skin resurfacing treatments boost collagen levels within the dermal structure. Your dermal layers contain an essential protein called collagen that lends the skin its smooth and supple appearance.
Our bodies produce less collagen as we grow older. This leads to the formation of creases and skin laxity. You can enjoy restored youthful vitality by triggering the body into producing more collagen.
Single beam of laser energy is sent by fractional lasers in a gridlock structure into the dermal layers. The device leaves surrounding skin and tissue untouched. Your laser treatment provider will stimulate the body’s natural healing process by treating one portion of the skin at a time. You can reverse sun damage, aging symptoms, and refresh the skin with minimal downtime.
Results will become noticeable once the skin is completely healed. The timeframe differs based on the treatment depth. Superficial treatments don’t require any downtime with results usually occurring within 7 days. They may last for 6 – 12 months.
Moreover, intense Fraxel treatments may require a week of downtime. Results may take over a month to become visible. Based on this, these results can last for several years in patients.
Recovery Time After Fraxel Procedure
Recovery time depends on the intensity and depth of the treatment. Lighter treatments don’t require any downtime. However, you should avoid direct sun exposure for 1 – 2 weeks for preventing damage. Deeper treatments require 4 – 5 days of downtime to allow the skin to heal.
Fraxel Side Effects
Side effects vary based on the depth of the procedure. You may experience temporary tenderness, swelling, flaking, and crusting. Cosmetic surgeons at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center receive patients from the greater Washington DC area and nearby communities for laser skin resurfacing with Fraxel.
Contact Washington DC area Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sundin for More Information
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. Reps Sundin and Dr. Burton Sundin at the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery and M Body Contouring and Laser Centerplease visit:
Serving Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Fairfax, Loudoun County, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Fredricksburg, Chevy Chase, Potomac, Maryland Richmond, VA and surrounding communities.