Fraxel Laser Resurfacing Treatments
Md Spa and Laser Clinic uses a state-of-the-art Fraxel laser technology for gentle effective skin resurfacing with little downtime.
Laser resurfacing is an extremely important major rejuvenation procedure. It is an effective and economical way to restore the younger appearance and fresh look to the aged skin. The most desired benefits of laser skin resurfacing are the removal (or significant reduction) of wrinkles, erasing skin blemishes, sun damage, age and sun spots and restoring a healthy texture of the skin. Many people elect to go for laser resurfacing to remove (or at least make much less noticeable) scars, from both acne and surgery, and also to reduce stretch marks.
There are two types of lasers used for skin rejuvenation: ablative and non-ablative.
The ablative lasers (carbon dioxide – CO2 and more modern, erbium) are very powerful and they vaporize the outermost layer of the skin up to 0.1 mm or 100 microns (less than a thin single page of paper!). The treatments result in a prolonged heeling, a need for changing special dressings and an overall downtime of several weeks duration! All of this led to the ablative lasers earning a reputation as ‘the lasers that first burn skin to make it looking better after a very long period of healing’
Even the more modern erbium lasers (with much better control of the depth of the skin vaporization and control of skin bleeding by coagulation) have very significant downtime. The advent of ‘micro laser peels’, finally helped the erbium lasers to gain a bit more popularity. With the intention of performing a full thickness skin resurfacing (100 microns), a series of micro laser peels can be performed every several weeks. This approach ultimately shortens downtime to 1-2 weeks after each micro laser peel.
The non-ablative laser systems deliver energy to the skin without causing skin vaporization, and by heating up the skin deliver the desired cosmetic effect like removal of sun damage or reduction of melasma. However, the non-ablative lasers lack the ‘power’ of the ablative lasers and require several treatment sessions to make a significant improvement.
Fraxel Laser is a hybrid laser that combines the effectiveness of ablative lasers with a gentle touch of the non-ablative laser systems. Fraxel laser can be compared to a laser that emits a laser beam in the form of a minute shower of laser light, working very deep but leaving untouched space in between. As a result, the skin is left intact on the surface and the benefits of the Fraxel Laser reach very deep into the skin.
Fraxel Laser is FDA and Health Canada approved for reduction or elimination of wrinkles around eyes, acne scars and surgical scars and skin conditions requiring coagulation of tissue. Results are fantastic with minimal downtime. The main side effect is skin bronzing that lasts for a few days but does not prevent people from continuing their daily activities!
MD Spa Client Testimonials
``About a year ago, I had a tummy tuck done and afterwards, I thought it wasn`t possible to get rid of the ugly scar that is right across my stomach. I felt embarrassed about it and very conscious, thinking I had made the worst mistake of my life. I heard about laser scar removal so I started doing some research. My girlfriend told me about MDSpa and how they now have the Fraxel laser which is supposed to be the best. When I contacted the spa, the staff was very helpful and honest. They took the time to explain everything about the treatment and the results I had to look forward to after my first treatment.
So, I booked an apt for my very first treatment. The staff was very kind and caring and took the time to make sure I was comfortable with the procedure the whole way through. After the treatment, they cleaned the area very well and explained how to look after the area once I was home.
At first, I was very puffy and swollen and then within a week I could see how the color of the scar was so much lighter, especially on the sides on my hip, and it was only my first treatment! I can`t wait for my next treatment! MDSpa truly wanted me to receive the best results to feel better. Thank you MDSpa for the results that I didn`t think were possible!``
- Kerrie P Feb 2013 post Fraxel
My skin just looks more refreshed, yay!
I have always felt conscious of my acne scars, but having tried Fraxel once, I already see an improvement. I am sure a 2nd treatment will smoothen out the deep scars. I would strongly recommend it because right now after one treatment, my skin texture is smoother and my pores are more refined, especially at my age! My skin just looks more refreshed, yay! There are a few downtime days; mine was 3-5 days for me. It is not as invasive of a treatment as Profractional was. And I see results already!
- Shelley B, Feb 2013 post Fraxel
FAQ about Fraxel Laser Resurfacing
How long is the duration of the treatment?
Usually Fraxel treatments, depending on the area, last between 15 - 45 minutes (keep in mind the area will be numbed with a topical agent for up to one hour before treatment).
How many treatments will I need to see results?
Most patients see the best results with 1 to 5 Fraxel treatments.
When will I start to see results from my Fraxel treatment?
Fraxel works with your body's natural skin cells, so results typically take 1 - 3 weeks to take effect.
What is the comfort level?
Most Fraxel patients report the sensation of a "light sunburn" immediately after treatment, but treatment plans can vary, so ask your Fraxel specialist about the specifics of your treatment.
Is it safe?
With a track record of over 800,000 treatments, Fraxel technology is proven to be safe and effective for multiple indications.
What skin type does this work on?
Fraxel works on every skin type, this treatment differs from other lasers as it is not attracted to the melanin in the skin, but water.
How Fraxel Works.
How long until I return to my normal activities?
There is minimal downtime after a Fraxel Resurfacing procedure, as the skin will begin to expel pigmentation and all impurities will begin to "slough" off a few days after treatment.
Who will perform my Fraxel Treatment?
Advanced Medical Estheticians as well as a Fraxel specialist perform the treatments at MD Spa. The benefit is that your procedure will be done in the Clinic where Fraxel treatments are regularly performed.