Fraxel laser treatment for acne scars involves the use of a CO2 laser where the laser beam is split into thousands of tiny beamlets. Fraxel lasers can also treat scars related to surgery, age spots, brown marks and other unsightly blemishes that develop over time. Fraxel laser treatments are FDA approved.
Some people believe that Fraxel laser treatment for acne scars is the best laser treatment for acne scars. This is due to the fact that Fraxel laser treatments are accompanied by a much lower downtime as compared to traditional laser treatments.
Fraxel can help with severe to moderate acne scarring. It works on the same principle as the Dermaroller, producing thousands of tiny injuries to the skin, which in turn leads to new collagen production. Acne scar tissue is broken down, while the new collagen helps the skin to heal, resulting in
- smoother skin with fewer wrinkles, acne scars and pitting
- reduction in pore size, making pores less conspicuous
- reduction in brown or age spots, skin discoloration and other scars or marks
- a more even skin tone and clearer skin
Some before and after Fraxel laser treatment for acne scars pictures are pretty impressive, just like the one shown below:
A Fraxel laser treatment does not leave the skin red and raw for weeks and possibly months. This is because Fraxel laser is far less invasive. The laser energy is controlled and is directed specifically only to the affected skin areas rather than treating several layers and a wide surface area all at once. Healthy tissue is left untouched, hence significantly shortens the recovery time of a Fraxel repair from weeks or months to mere days.
A Fraxel laser treatment is also more gentle than a normal laser treatment. It is also gentle enough to be used on sensitive areas with thinner skin, such as the neck and chest. Besides treating acne scars, it can also help to tone and tighten the skin in these areas as well.
When asked to rate how painful is Fraxel repair for their acne scars, most patients will give a rating of 1 or 2 out of 10, with 10 being the most painful. The sensation felt during a Fraxel repair is often likened to the feeling of a rubber band snapping against your skin.
The extent of any discomfort which you may feel will depend on your pain threshold, as well as the sensitivity of the area of skin being treated. The discomfort caused lasts only as long as the Fraxel laser treatment is being given, which is often accompanied by a blast of cold air to negate the pain the laser might have on more sensitive skin.
Depending on where you undergo treatment and the amount of acne scarring you have, the cost of Fraxel laser treatments for acne scars could be up to about $3000 for 5 sessions or less. Results will vary for different people. Be sure to consult your dermatologist for advice and do your own research well before you choose a treatment method to get rid of your acne scars.