Laser skin treatments are excellent therapies to enhance skin’s appearance and improve facial beauty. Acne scarring, sun damage, and other factors may contribute to dull skin with uneven tones or textures.
Fraxel laser treatments resurface the skin by removing damaged areas and exposing healthy layers. It produces similar results found with surgical procedures, without incisions or sutures. But though safe and effective, these treatments mean you must be aware of what happens after the session. Here is an overview of the procedure and what its recovery looks like.
How it Works
Fraxel is a fractional skin resurfacing technology that helps eliminate scars, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, large pores, discoloration, and other skin issues. The treatment allows improvement in skin quality with minimal recovery time.
The laser procedure explicitly targets damaged skin, which helps remove the dull and damaged skin to allow new skin cell replacement. However, the first few days, weeks, and months after treatment are crucial. Here are some instructions to follow to ensure optimal results.
Beware of the Sun
Exposing yourself to direct sunlight is a no-go after the laser treatment. We suggest wearing a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen when you go outside. Wide-brimmed hats also help you avoid direct sun exposure to the face. You should be diligent in protecting your skin from the sun for a minimum of 3 months following your last session.
Try planning your Fraxel treatment during the cooler months when fewer activities are done outdoors. While taking these precautions is necessary, time spent outside is typically limited in the colder months.
Take Time Off
We typically suggest our patients take at least a week off from work to properly recover from the Fraxel Laser Treatments. Your body will be repairing and regenerating your skin during this time, so you need to avoid doing too much. Also, your face will be puffy and red. You may feel like you have a severe sunburn. For proper healing, it’s best to stay at home during this process.
Avoid strenuous exercise for 4 days to reduce facial sweating. Perspiring could irritate targeted skin, causing irritation and itching. Fraxel treatments may also cause puffiness, and exercising can produce more swelling. Some experts suggest returning to regular workouts up to 2 days hours after Fraxel and others recommend a week to 10 days off. Ask your board-certified plastic surgeon what option is best for your specific situation.
Learn More about Fraxel from the Experts at PSSF
When you’re ready to start refreshing your skin’s appearance with Fraxel Laser treatments, don’t hesitate to reach out to our experts at Plastic Surgery Services of Fredericksburg. Our team is committed to delivering optimal outcomes with natural-looking results to all our patients. Please contact or call us at (540) 371-7730.