Leo R. McCafferty, M.D., F.A.C.S., aesthetic plastic surgery

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Fast, Phenomenal Fraxel

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Whether it’s acne scarring, dark spots, sun damage or general skin rejuvenation, the Fraxel skin resurfacing tool is one of today’s most versatile ways to improve skin with little to no downtime.

What is a Fraxel, Anyway?

Fraxel is a type of laser that treats the depths of the skin— the place where aging, pigmentation issues, and acne scarring can occur—all without injuring the skin’s surface.

While traditional carbon dioxide laser skin treatments can be effective but quite painful— often requiring intensive creams and over a week to heal— a Fraxel treatment has few side effects. With Fraxel, patients experience a light pinkness to the skin, similar to a slight sunburn. There may also be a small amount of swelling. But both swelling and pinkness subside in about a day, making it an excellent treatment choice for a busy lifestyle.

The Right Candidate for Fraxel
Your skin is unique to you, and that’s why it’s very important to consult with a licensed professional about Fraxel and any other skin resurfacing options you may be considering.

Here at the offices of Dr. Leo McCafferty, we will:

  • Work to understand your medical history
  • Perform a physical examination of the skin
  • Consult with you about your lifestyle and needs
  • Discuss all the available options to meet your skincare goals, including Fraxel

It’s important to remember, Fraxel is just one skin resurfacing treatment available in our offices. These treatments can vary in intensity, from topical creams and lotions, or light chemical peels with almost no downtime, to more powerful and involved options. If Fraxel isn’t the right option for you, we will tell you and suggest appropriate alternative solutions.

But when performed on the right candidate and done by a licensed professional, Fraxel can be a very safe and effective treatment for common skincare concerns.

How to Prepare for Fraxel

Patients planning to undergo Fraxel treatment should limit exposure to the sun, particularly if your skin tends toward hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin). If skin does show hyper-pigmentation, we may prepare it with carefully-selected creams and lotions before and after Fraxel treatments.

You may also need to avoid certain make-ups and creams directly before and after Fraxel treatment. A personalized evaluation will help us determine the right preparation tactics for you. Just bring your products with you, and we’ll analyze them, to help you get the best results.

Making the Right Choice for Your Skin
Fraxel is a successful treatment for acne scarring, discoloration and other skin problems, offering little to no downtime. But Fraxel is just one of many treatments available. There’s no better way to find out whether Fraxel is the ideal one for you, than by having a medical consultation. We’ll help you get the results you’re looking for—safely—all through a personalized skincare program.

Contact us for your private consultation today!


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