Helping Improve Your Skin*
Do you have some areas on your skin that need a fresh start? The Fraxel Laser at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser offers just that. By using this unique laser treatment, your body’s natural healing will be stimulated to produce new collagen and healthy skin cells.
Fraxel Re:store is a non-ablative erbium fractional laser, and two lasers in one. It requires multiple treatments with virtually no downtime, reduced redness and rapid healing compared to treatments performed with an ablative fractional laser such as Fraxel Re:pair. The Fraxel Re:store is excellent for improving aging and sun damaged skin, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, surgical scars and skin texture.
Fraxel Laser treatment can improve the following*:
- Aging Skin
- Sun Damage Skin
- Brown Spots
- Fine Lines
- Acne Scars
- Surgical Scars
- Skin Textures
How does fractional laser resurfacing work?
Fractional laser creates thousands of tiny microthermal zones deep into the skin, which the skin repairs by pushing out the old, damaged skin and replaces it with new, youthful skin. Each treatment stimulates the regeneration of collagen and elastin tissue. It triggers the body’s own natural healing process, accelerating the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells.
Our resurfacing process uses the Fraxel Restore Dual laser. This is actually two lasers in one and is a nonablative erbium laser. By using this specific laser, we are able to create tiny microthermal zones deep in your skin. These zones then push out the old and damaged skin—making room for new skin. Patients may need three to six laser treatments four to six weeks apart.
How to prepare for your procedure:
- Do not tan in the area being treated for 1 week
- Avoid sun exposure to the area and use a sunscreen for at least 1 week before the procedure and 2 months after.
- Do not exfoliate the area being treated for 1 week.
- During your visit to your Board Certified Dermatologist, let them know if you have a history of cold sores incase Valtrex needs to be prescribed.
- Following the procedure you may experience mild redness of skin, which improves in 2 to 3 days.
Recovery after fractional laser resurfacing
You may experience swelling and mild discomfort after your treatment. This is normal. Applying an ice pack directly to the treated area can reduce the swelling and discomfort.
How many fractional laser resurfacing treatments will I need?
Patients usually need a series of 3-6 laser treatments every 4-6 weeks in order to see the best results. Dr Dele-Michael will discuss the exact number of treatments during your cosmetic consultation.
How long do the effects of the fractional resurfacing laser last?
The results of the laser treatment are long lasting, but not permanent. During your consultation, Dr Dele-Michael will discuss proper skin care regimen with you to maintain and prolong your results as long as possible. The better you take care of your skin, the longer your results will last.
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This process reduces redness and offers a quick recovery time with little to no downtime. However, it is normal to experience some mild discomfort and swelling. The results depend on how well the skin is taken care of after treatment. Even though results are not permanent, they are long lasting. Contact us today at (212) 229–0007 with any questions or for a consultation .
Pixel Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing -Post Treatment Instructions
Alma Pixel laser is a Fractional Ablative laser
Meticulous wound care is crucial after skin resurfacing; below are our recommendations for after treatment care. It is important to keep your skin moist and discontinue use of all products containing alcohol or active ingredients e.g. Tretinoin, Glycolic acid.
–Avoid sun exposure for 3 months after treatments as you will be more prone to sunburn.
Start the prescriptions that we recommended to prevent viral, bacterial or yeast infections
DAYS 1 – 2 (COLD WASH CLOTHES, ICE WATER, SIT IN FRONT OF THE A/C VENT… SOOTHE YOURSELF)
You will experience redness similar to a severe sunburn or windburn. Your skin will sting or be swollen.
–Immediately after treatment, apply wound-healing product such as the Avene Cicalfate, (check your post-procedure bag), and apply a generous amount 3-4 times a day for 3 days after treatment.
–During Days 1 – 2, cleanse with only cool tap water and pat dry. Do not use cleanser of any type.
–Keep your skin moist with a combination of the wound-healing product (Avene Cicalfate) and cool water. Cool water may be gently sprayed on the area or applied with a damp cool compress. Only use suggested products during these 2 days.
–Discontinue use of any “active ingredient” products during the course of your treatments. These include Retin A or retinol products, Obagi, anti-aging creams, exfoliants, etc.
–Avoid being around harsh chemicals that may cause stinging (peroxide/hair color, alcohol, raw onions, raw hot peppers). If you come in contact with chemicals, wash hands, then rinse face with cool water for relief and re-apply wound healing product.
DAYS 3 – 6 (USE A MILD GENTLE CLEANSER SUCH AS CETAPHIL OR CERAVE from your local drug store)
The redness and blotchy appearance of the treated areas will start subsiding. Your skin may appear more taut and darker than usual. Although your skin may look fine, it is important to remember that you still have open wounds and must follow the treatment regimen. Your skin will feel “crusty” and dry as the healing progresses. You will begin to peel between days 3 and 5.
–You may begin using a gentle cleanser in the morning and at night if you feel you need it. Do not rub skin, barely touch the skin and rinse thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water.
— keep the skin moist with water and bland emollient ointments e.g. Aquaphor® Healing Ointment (Keeping the skin moist with ointments will promote wound healing). If you develop acne from the use of ointments, call our office at 212-229-0007.
DAYS 7 -10
You are due for a follow-up one week after your procedure
Your skin is now in the final stages of healing. Care must be taken to avoid damage to the new skin that is less than one week old.
–Continue using a gentle cleanser with a gentle technique.
–Replace the ointment if used on Days 3 – 6 with a gentle moisturizer / sunblock e.g CeraVe AM or our Radiance Sheer Sunblock during the day. –Continue keeping the skin moist with water and moisturizer.
–You may use a light exfoliant to remove “crusty” skin for a smooth surface or schedule a microdermabrasion session by calling 212-229-0007 for professional results.
–Treatments may be repeated in 4 weeks to ensure proper healing between treatments.
–Avoid sun exposure before treatments and for 3 months after treatments as you will be more prone to sunburn.
–If any product that you apply, or chemical that you come in contact with burns or stings, rinse off immediately with cool water and discontinue use of the product.
–If you have any questions or adverse effect, call us immediately (212) 229-0007.
*Results may vary