Fraxel Laser Skin Treatment in Albany, NY
Also Serving in Saratoga, Schenectady and Troy
Fraxel laser treatment inspires your skin to rejuvenate itself. In the Fraxel process, a microscopically pinpointed laser is used to create “thousands of micro-thermal treatment zones in the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact.” These tiny wounds heal quickly, so that aged, damaged, or discolored cells are replaced with new, healthy-looking ones. Dr. Bruce Barach was the first practitioner to offer Fraxel laser treatments in the upstate New York area and has been doing it since 2008.
Fraxel Laser Treatment Areas
Fraxel laser treatment can be used to address numerous skin problems that, in the past, could only be treated using more invasive modalities with considerable downtime. Fraxel treatment can be used to correct:
- Skin coloration issues such as melasma, hypo- and hyperpigmentation
- Age spots, sun spots, uneven pigmentation (on the hands, neck, and chest as well as the face)
- Superficial and moderate wrinkles
- Coarse skin texture
- Large pores
Because Fraxel laser treatments in Albany, NY also induce the body to produce new collagen, it can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars, as well as scars from surgery or injury.
Fraxel laser treatments in New York with Dr. Barach will take approximately 20 to 25 minutes for a full-facial treatment. Anesthetic ointment is used to prevent discomfort, so most patients describe the treatment as having a prickling sensation. After treatment, the skin may feel like it was sunburned, and it will be slightly swollen and red for a day or two. You may experience some very minor skin flaking in treated areas. Effective treatment requires four to six sessions spaced about three to four weeks apart.
Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Skin Resurfacing
What can Fraxel treat?
Fraxel can treat a wide variety of skin concerns, including wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, sun spots, scars and stretch marks. By triggering the production of new collagen, Fraxel promotes smoother, tighter skin.
Does Fraxel work on all skin tones?
Yes. Fraxel is safe for all skin colors and tones. It is also safe for areas beyond the face such as the neck, chest and hands.
How does Fraxel work?
Fraxel uses columns of laser energy to create microscopic wounds in the target area, while leaving portions of surrounding tissue untreated. The creation of the wounds stimulates the body’s natural healing process and production of collagen. But because areas of tissue are left untouched, the healing process is accelerated and post-treatment discomfort is minimal.
Is Fraxel treatment painful?
No. We apply a numbing cream prior to Fraxel treatment to keep you comfortable as the laser works. Patients have described experiencing a heated or prickling sensation during treatment, but no pain.
How should I take care of my skin after a Fraxel treatment?
You can shower and wash your face normally after treatment. Be careful to use gentle cleansers and moisturizers that won’t irritate your skin in the days immediately following laser resurfacing. Refrain from using any exfoliants or products with harsh ingredients, including retinol, for about a week.
Sun protection is also key after Fraxel treatment. Wear a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever going outdoors, and avoid direct sun exposure whenever possible for approximately one week.
Will I experience any aftereffects?
The most common aftereffects of Fraxel treatment are mild swelling and redness.
Is there anything I should avoid after Fraxel?
Refrain from strenuous exercise the day of your treatment to avoid worsening any swelling. Also, avoid using hot tubs or saunas for about 24 hours.
How many treatment sessions will I need?
Most patients need two to six treatment sessions to see the desired results. The number of treatments you will need depends on factors such as your age, skin condition, lifestyle, personal preferences and what you hope to achieve from treatment. After learning more about you and your goals, we will tailor a treatment plan specifically to your needs.
When can I enjoy the full benefits of treatment?
You will notice some immediate improvement in your skin after one treatment session, with the results continuing to improve in the weeks and months following as your collagen reserves increase. Most patients see the full benefits of treatment approximately two to three months after Fraxel treatment.
Why should I trust Dr. Barach and his team to perform my procedure?
Dr. Barach and our providers have extensive experience with Fraxel technology and can answer all of your questions about treatment.
Is Fraxel a substitute for facelift?
No, Fraxel does not offer the same benefits of facelift. It cannot recontour the tissues and skin around the mouth, cheeks and jawline like facelift can.
Am I a good candidate for Fraxel treatment?
The best way to determine whether you could benefit from Fraxel treatment is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Barach and our team.
Please contact our Albany plastic surgeon today to schedule your initial skin rejuvenation consultation.