Fraxel is a laser skin rejuvenation treatment that uses patented “fractional” technology to penetrate the superficial layers of your skin with a microscopic laser. The laser light then targets and treats damaged skin. A Fraxel laser treatment can:

  • Smooth your skin, making it softer
  • Even out skin tone, reducing the appearance of sun spots, age spots, and melasma
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Stimulate collagen production for a younger look
  • Treat the face, neck, chest, and hands
  • Reduce the appearance of enlarged pores
  • Improve the appearance of scars, including acne scars and surgical scars

Advantages of the Fraxel Laser

The Fraxel laser is so named because it treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched. This promotes rapid healing and stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin. As the laser removes the top layers of skin, it is able to alleviate many problems, such as lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, scars, and uneven skin texture.

The results are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother, look brighter, and show a more even tone. The next 3 to 6 months will bring more improvement as your skin continues to create new collagen. Results are long-lasting but will depend on your lifestyle, age, skin care regimen, and the condition of your skin.

Multiple treatments are usually required to reach your final desired outcome. The specific number of treatments is tailored to your goals and desired results, as well as your lifestyle. We will work with you to identify the appropriate level of treatment so that you can avoid more downtime than your schedule allows.

Recovery from Fraxel Laser Treatment

The procedure can be performed at different levels based on your needs, so depending on the level of your treatment, you may experience some redness or swelling. This will diminish as quickly as the next day or over the next several days.

Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two. As you continue your Fraxel laser treatments, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat each time. Just like sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally, revealing fresher, glowing, and smoother skin underneath.

Dr. Matarasso may recommend a different or additional treatment in order to achieve the results you want. These include Microdermabrasion and IPL.

Contact our office at (415) 362-2238 to find out more about Fraxel in San Francisco.