FraxelTM Laser Treatment (FLT) for Acne Scars
A unique laser therapy to dramatically repair acne scars & fine lines without downtime!

FraxelTM is a unique noninvasive laser therapy designed and FDA approved to dramatically improve acne scars and pores. FraxelTM utilizes fractional resurfacing technology, where only a small fraction of the skin receives the laser light. The treatment delivers a series of microscopic laser spots, while simultaneously preserving areas of unaffected, healthy skin. The healthy cells in the untouched spots promote rapid healing of the entire area, resulting in faster recovery time and minimal side effects.

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The Treatment

FraxelTM laser treatments (FLT) can be performed right in our office using only topical anesthesia. After cleansing the skin, an anesthetic ointment is applied. The anesthetic is washed off immediately after treatment.

A treatment typically will take approximately 20-40 minutes. Though treatment plans are flexible, clinical studies suggest that an effective treatment plan is two to four sessions spaced about three weeks apart. Each session targets about 12-20% of the skin's surface, depending on the clinical parameters selected. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in about two to three months and gradual improvement for up to a year.

After Treatment

While individual results vary, FraxelTM and Fractionated CO2 offers the benefits of speedy healing and minimal downtime. Side effects usually involve swelling and redness. Mild swelling should subside within two to seven days, and redness usually fades over five to seven days. There is limited risk of infection or scarring. New epidermal skin develops within 24 hours and requires adequate sun protection after treatment. Most patients can return to routine activities immediately after treatment and can apply make-up the following day (Immediately for Fraxel and 3 days for Fractionated CO2). Each session shows marked improvement in skin quality, resulting in a high level of patient satisfaction.

Anyone double-burdened with watching their teenage acne turn into adult acne scars knows the profound devastation this circumstance can have on self-esteem and life-outlook. Yet, every bit as profound is the utter transformation " physical and emotional " awaiting those who take advantage of a revolutionary change recently underway in cosmetic health.

Fraxel Laser and Acne Treatment in detail

Acne scars form wherever acne advances to the point of injuring our tissue. These injuries arise as an inflammatory response to sebaceous follicles becoming plugged with oils, bacteria and dead cells. The result is the formation of a scar that discolored fibrous tissue with abnormal collagen function that replaces our healthy skin. Successful treatment of a scar requires both the removal of damaged epidermal tissue and the stimulation of new collagen to improve the region's tone and texture.

Traditional approaches - topical agents, abrasion therapies, surgery and conventional lasers - either achieve only moderate results, or else destroy unacceptable amounts of healthy tissue along with the scar. The more effective techniques can also require a great deal of recovery time.

A monumental breakthrough came only recently when the FDA cleared FraxelTM Laser and Fractionated CO2 Treatment for acne scars after studies showed that the new laser could be far more effective than traditional therapies at both removing damaged tissue and inducing the formation of new collagen.

Can Fraxel Laser Treatment be used on all skin types?

Fraxel Laser Treatment and Fractionated CO2, with its gentler non-ablative skin rejuvenation and more rapid healing time, is now available to people of all skin types for the treatment of acne scars.

In addition to acne scars, the FraxelTM Laser is also FDA cleared for the treatment of surgical scars, fine wrinkles around the eyes, age spots, sun damage, melasma and tone and texture improvement. Learn more about other conditions treated by the FraxelTM Laser by contacting Dr. Rapaport at (201) 227-1555.

How is FraxelTM different from other laser treatments?

Until FraxelTM, there were two types of available laser treatments. Ablative laser treatment (CO2 and Erbium), which literally means to vaporize at very high temperature, is very effective but has significant side effects and requires a lengthy healing period (weeks). The other available laser treatment, being non-ablative, had little downtime but very little clinical effect. Fraxel treatments offer some of the effectiveness of ablative treatments with the benefits of the gentler, non-ablative lasers.

What are the benefits of FraxelTM Laser Treatments?

Since FLT has the impact of ablative lasers but the gentler benefits of the non-ablative treatments, healing time is significantly accelerated so there is minimal downtime. At no time after treatment is the skin left raw therefore, make-up can be worn immediately following the procedure. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, the same day of treatment. Others require a little more time, depending upon their skin condition and treatment.

What are the risks of FraxelTM Laser Treatments?

Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from treatment. If swelling does occur, it is minimal and will subside within a day. Redness may occur and will fade within a few days. There is a very limited risk of infection or scarring. We have not seen any significant long-term complications.

How many FraxelTM Laser Treatments will I need?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 2 to 4 sessions, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Most patients get 4 treatments. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement occurs for months after the series of treatments. This time frame and treatment structure allows for complete healing and replacement of damaged tissue with new collagen and elastin, and viable healthy skin cell growth.

How are FraxelTM Laser Treatments performed?

To prepare your skin for treatment, it will be cleansed. A topical anesthetic ointment is also applied to the treatment areas approximately 60 minutes prior to treatment in order for the anesthetic to take full effect. The procedure takes between 20-25 minutes for the full face. The topicals are washed off immediately after the treatment. Makeup can then be applied.

Is FraxelTM Laser Treatment painful?

Most patients describe the treatment as having an intense "prickling" sensation. The topical anesthetic ointment and air cooling alleviates most discomfort. For those that are sensitive, Dr. Rapaport does offer additional pain relief if necessary.

Call now to schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Rapaport for healthy, better-looking skin. Tel: (201) 227-1555.

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