Frequently Asked Questions | Fraxel® - Fractional Laser Skin Treatments

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Fraxel re:fine treatments will I need and how will they be spaced?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 4 to 6 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and the physician may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.

What precautions should I take after a Fraxel re:fine treatment?

Follow your physician’s advice on wound care, which is essential for your skin to heal properly. Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.

How long do the positive effects of a Fraxel re:fine treatment last?

It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is treated, continue to protect it as described above. Your physician will give you specific advice based on your individual needs.

What side effects can I expect after treatment and how long will they last?

Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from Fraxel re:fine treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a very limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. Your physician will provide specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize any side effects. Please see our committment to safety statement for a list of potential side effects.

What should I expect after a Fraxel re:fine treatment?

During the first 24 hours after treatment, your skin may feel like it's sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.

Does Fraxel re:fine treatment hurt?

Most patients describe a "prickling" sensation during treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.

How are Fraxel re:fine treatments performed?

First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. The Fraxel re:fine procedure takes 20 to 25 minutes for a full face.

What are the benefits of Fraxel re:fine treatment?

  • Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin
  • Improved tone and texture
  • Erasing of unwanted brown spots
  • Reduced fine lines around the eyes

How does a Fraxel re:fine treatment work?

Fraxel re:fine treatment targets age spots/sunspots and fine lines around the eyes. The treatment uses microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body's remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. You will have minimal downtime, and you'll have very little swelling or redness. Unlike treatments such as IPL or microdermabrasion, which target a very superficial layer of your skin, Fraxel re:fine treatment actually resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.

How much does a Fraxel re:fine treatment cost?

Depending on your condition and the areas to be treated, in the U.S. the cost ranges from $750 to $1,000 per treatment. Keep in mind that maximum benefit is usually achieved in 4 to 6 treatment sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart.

What FDA clearances has Fraxel re:pair SST treatment received?

Fraxel re:pair SST laser has received FDA clearance for many indications on and off the face, including:

  • Rhytides
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles and furrows in lax skin
  • Fine lines
  • Textural irregularities
  • Vascular dyschromia (Dermatological procedures requiring ablation (removal), resurfacing and coagulation of soft tissue, treatment of wrinkles, rhytids, furrows, fine lines; pigmented lesions; textural irregularities; vascular dyschromia)

Clinical trials are in progress for acne scars and atrophic scars.