WHAT IS FRAXEL FACIAL?
Fraxel Facial is an alternative to Fraxel Laser for individuals looking for more skin rejuvenation than a “facial” or chemical peel but do not need a full Fraxel treatment. Think of it as a laser facial. Traditional Fraxel is a non-invasive, non-surgical laser to treat the signs of aging. All of these treatments help reduce pigment, improves sun damaged skin, creating smoother more radiant skin. Fraxel Facial uses lower energy settings then combines two fast acting topical ingredients. This further stimulates collagen and introduce antioxidant’s deeper into the skin for additional rejuvenation.
FORTIFIED FRAXEL FACIAL
This is a step up from Fraxel Facial but still not as powerful as Fraxel. Fortified Fraxel works deeper in the skin and is appropriate for patients that want to work on texture, mild pigmentation and need additional collagen stimulation. Both of these treatments were created by Dr. Michalak to customize more specific treatment plans for different ages and skin conditions.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TREATMENTS?
- Fraxel Facial treats the upper layers of skin helping to improve the tone, texture and diminish superficial pigmentation. Uses one wavelength.
- Fortified Fraxel Facial uses two wavelengths. The deeper penetration stimulates collagen in addition to improving the tone and texture of the skin. Both treatments are finished with Dr. Michalak’s proprietary blend of topical ingredients to further help create healthy skin.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
Both treatments are for those looking for more improvement than a peel can provide. Most anyone is a candidate but ideal candidates:
- Need some correction of pigmentation.
- Special occasion but need less downtime.
- Had other treatments and looking for an maintenance options.
- Likes peels but wants more.
- Younger and just starting to see sun damage.
- Unsure about laser and wants to “try” it.
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE THE TREATMENT?
Patients are made comfortable with a topical numbing agent applied one-hour prior. For patients having the Fraxel Facial you can numb at home with a mild topical crème we offer in the office. Fortified Fraxel is a stronger treatment so we use a stronger numbing agent applied in the office. A gel is then applied during the treatment. The laser has a comfortable handpiece that emits short bursts of energy having a heat sensation. This is not a painful treatment but some areas like the upper lip can be more sensitive. The treatment lasts 30 to 60 minutes.
AFTER YOUR TREATMENT
Your skin will be pink and look like you had a mild sunburn. Some patients experience mild swelling temporarily. The topical agents can create some dryness and very mild peeling a few days afterwards. Expect the entire process to last about 7 days although it will vary between individuals. You will want to avoid sun exposure and use sun protection afterwards. These treatments have more social downtime so it’s wise not to plan special occasions a few days after and allow the full week to see glowing skin.
WHAT FRAXEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
With options to choose from this can get confusing. The first step is to have a consultation. This will help expose your goals so we can recommend the right treatment for you. Most anyone can have any one of these and be enjoy the benefit. Your level of sun damage, if you have acne scarring and overall skin health will determine what type of Fraxel treatment is best for you.
SCHEDULING A CONSULTATION
Consultations can be scheduled by calling the office. This will provide you with the information you need to get scheduled, including the fees, expectations, and answer any questions regarding the treatment. Leslie Carney, Licensed Master Aesthetician performs these treatments under the supervision of Dr. Michalak. She is an expert at both treatments and trained by Dr. Michalak. She has worked in the practice for many years and is very experienced with this and other services she performs.