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Fraxel is a popular type of fractional laser resurfacing, developed and marketed by Solta of Hayward, CA.

How does Fraxel work?

During treatment, only tiny fractions of the skin-vertical columns no wider than the diameter of a strand of hair-are treated. Surrounding tissue remains intact. The skin recovers more quickly as a result, for the untreated areas are able to quickly restock the treated areas with new, healthy cells.

What Fraxel repairs

Results from these treatments depend on the number and aggressiveness of the treatments. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Fraxel for the following skin conditions: 

  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Age spots and uneven pigmentation
  • Melasma (dark, irregular patches that are especially common in women, particularly pregnant women or those using oral contraceptives or menopausal hormone therapy)
  • Irregular texture
  • Acne and other scars
  • Actinic keratoses (precancerous lesions)

Most of these skin problems require several treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart.

The Fraxel Treatment

To reduce any discomfort, an anesthetic cream will be applied to your skin up to an hour before the treatment begins. You'll also be given safety glasses to protect your eyes from the laser's light. The Fraxel treatment itself generally takes about 25 minutes. It's only mildly discomforting. On a scale of 1 to 10, most people rank the procedure's discomfort level around 4. For a few days after the procedure, your skin will feel and look like you're slightly sunburned


Results are immediate, although you'll notice the biggest improvement several weeks later, after the skin has effectively healed and produced new, healthy cells.

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