CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments have been available for decades now, but recent advancements have vastly improved patient experience, and most importantly, patient results. In his latest SlideShare presentation, Dr. Joel Schlessinger discusses one such advanced laser treatment, Fraxel, a semi-ablative procedure based on the skin’s own healing response.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger recommends Fraxel for any patient who would like to have smoother, tighter skin.
During the Fraxel procedure, microscopic laser wounds are spaced across the skin with a handheld scanner. Fraxel light energy stimulates collagen and resurfaces the top layer of skin so its natural rejuvenation process can repair and restore the complexion. This practice is actually very similar to aerating a lawn! A variety of different skin concerns can be addressed with Fraxel. Among these issues are fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin tone, large pores and acne scarring. Almost any area of the body can be treated, but patients most often choose to treat the face, neck, chest, hands, arms and legs. The procedure can be used to delay more invasive surgery like a facelift.
Anyone who would like to achieve smoother, tighter, younger-looking skin without invasive surgery or an extended period of downtime is a great candidate for Fraxel.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger explains the differences between regular CO2 laser treatments and the Fraxel procedure.
The first CO2 treatments required anesthesia and the laser removed the entire top layer of skin. This resulted in a larger wound to heal and a much longer recovery time for patients. Risks for scarring, infection and changes in skin pigment were also increased.
With the Fraxel treatment, only topical anesthetic is required and patients receive microscopic wounds in their skin via high precision laser energy. The procedure itself is not painful. Rather than the weeks it takes to heal the whole top layer of skin, the recovery time for microscopic Fraxel wounds typically lasts just 5-7 days on average. Side effects are manageable and include moderate redness and swelling. Much better results are achieved over time and long-term risks are minimal.
Dr. Joel Schlessinger and his staff would be happy to consult with you about your Fraxel treatment.
To ensure you’re receiving the best care during your Fraxel experience, choose a qualified expert. Dr. Joel Schlessinger is a board-certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon voted one of America’s Top Docs and one of the Best Doctors in America. He and his staff at Skin Specialists P.C. in Omaha would be happy to meet with you about your Fraxel procedure and help you decide on the best course of treatment for you and your needs.
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