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The Right Candidate for Fraxel Laser Treatments

Posted Jan 24 2013 3:33am

Before discussing about the ideal candidate for Fraxel laser treatment let us discuss something about the treatment itself. This is an effective treatment wherein the resurfacing of skin is done in order to restore the skin that has been damaged. It is a treatment which has been approved by the FDA. The skin retains its glow or texture after this laser treatment. It improves skin quality and also helps to get rid of acne, scars, and damage from the sun. This treatment is a great boon for people who wish to look young and glowing.

Fraxel Laser Skin Treatment for All Parts of the Body

Fraxel laser skin treatment is not suitable for all skin types. Therefore before undergoing the treatment, you need to find out whether you are a candidate. Only an experienced plastic surgeon can tell you whether it is safe for you to undergo the procedure. Fraxel treatment is FDA approved and is recognized for its capability of activating the body’s natural healing process. The best feature of Fraxel laser treatment is that it can work well on almost all parts of the body including delicate and sensitive areas. The laser works using fractional photothermolysis, with only a small region of skin targeted at a time. The surrounding tissue is left unharmed.

Fraxel laser resurfacing generally involves a series of steps which are:

  • Refine
  • Restore
  • Repair
The procedure is mild and of short duration, 20 – 40 minutes. Patients can resume regular activities soon.

Ensure You Are a Candidate

Now coming to the original topic, that is, regarding the right candidate for this type of treatment, you can opt for this procedure if you have any of the following conditions:
  • Skin pigmentation or skin scars
  • Signs of premature aging
  • Loose or sagging skin
  • Sun damage
  • Perioribital fine lines
  • Enlarged pores
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Rhytides
  • Mild to moderate periorbital wrinkles
  • Vascular dyschromia
  • Photodamage
  • Acne scars
  • Skin discolorations
  • Melasma
An ideal candidate will have good facial soft tissue support and must not have excessive sagging skin. You should have realistic expectations about the outcome of the treatment. You may not be advised Fraxel laser treatment if you have conditions such as active infections, cold sores, dermatitis or sunburn in the area to be treated. Other contraindications include:
  • A history of poor wound healing
  • A history of light triggered seizures
  • Had taken Roaccutane within the previous six months
  • Taking light sensitizing drugs/anticoagulant medicines

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