For those of you who missed it (but please, do consider subscribing to this blog or blog feed so you get my posts, Fraxel sounds like it could be a board game, but it is something a lot more serious that that: Fraxel Laser Treatments can literally resurface skin and make it look smoother and more toned. The treatment is called “fractional” because only a small part of the skin is treated, leaving the remainder of the skin to speed the healing process. The laser is cleared for skin resurfacing by the FDA for a number of dermatological procedures such as the removal of reduction of acne scars, sun/age spots, wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, melasma, and off-face skin resurfacing such as hands and chest.
I strongly believe that good information, and reasonable expectations, are the key to success when you are thinking of undergoing any relatively pricey and relatively new, treatment. Some claim that Fraxel lasers literally turn back the hands of time, even going so far as to say that since damaged skin and skin cells are removed, the potential threat of skin cancer is reduced, too. All of this might be true, but if you are over 40 or 50 you aren’t going to look 16, no matter what is done to your skin.
What Fraxel can do, and fairly quickly, is re-surface your skin so that fine lines, scars, blotches, and so forth are minimized or removed., so that your skin looks fresh and new. It has been a few weeks since I met with Dr. Gervais Gerstner and received my first, Fraxel Treatment and blogged personally about my first Fraxel experience. I was informed about the risks and the potential side effects, and also about what I might expect in terms of improvement. Therefore, I wasn’t surprised when my skin looked really bad for about a week. But as it began to heal, I noticed that my crows feet were reduced on one side, and almost gone on the other. As the weeks have gone on, my skin has become smoother, and just looks significantly better. I may not be completely “ready for my closeup” but even my husband noticed the difference (and he doesn’t seem to notice small changes, so the improvement is really much more dramatic). Other people keep saying I look great, but I haven’t done anything at all to warrant it. In fact, I haven’t worn anything more than SPF moisturizer and lip gloss, since the Fraxel laser treatments.
On the downside, although I consider these to be minor issues: my skin is still very sensitive, and seems to get irritated easily. The one day I went out for about an hour in the sun (with SPF 30 sun block but no hat) my skin got quite red and itchy–much more so than it would normally be with that kind of protection/sun exposure. I am assuming this is because it is new skin. If I don’t moisturize at least once a day, my skin gets much more dry than it used to. So, a warning: if you’re going to do the Fraxel Laser treatments, you must take maintenance seriously, to protect your investment, and your skin.
Overall I am really pleased with the results…seriously excited, actually. I can’t wait to see what the next treatment brings in terms of improvement, as these treatments build gradually, one upon the other. I am hoping to schedule another Fraxel laser treatment in the next few weeks, to get it in before Fashion Week begins in September. I’ll be reporting on my progress!
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