Fraxel Overview

Fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, blemishes, acne scars, sagging of the skin, sun damage and other signs of aging can be difficult to prevent and maintain. Fraxel treatment is a non-invasive laser skin treatment that can take years off your face, without the risks, side effects and downtime associated with other procedures.

Fraxel uses thousands of tiny laser beams to establish microscopic treatment zones that treat only a predetermined area or percentage of skin. This method of treating the skin in “fractions” allows the skin to heal faster, as opposed to treating the entire skin surface at once. Using microscopic treatment areas helps the Fraxel lasers penetrate deeper into the skin than traditional lasers. This penetration stimulates collagen production, which gives the skin a youthful appearance and reverses the signs of aging.

Fraxel treatments are effective on the face, neck and hands, and other parts of the body, such as the breasts, stomach, buttocks, hips and thighs, to help eliminate the appearance of stretch marks.

When you use, you are assured of making an informed decision because all of our plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. Our qualified patient coordinators at are prepared to help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Fraxel, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.

Having Realistic Expectations for Fraxel

Being honest with yourself about how your body will change and how those changes will affect your life is important. Disappointment may happen, especially if you believe plastic surgery will fix your life problems, save your marriage or cure depression. Having Fraxel will result in refreshed and younger looking skin. A younger looking face may boost your self-confidence, but that won’t change who you are or the way other people feel about you.

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Surgeon

Once you’ve made an appointment for a consultation, take the time to prepare a list of questions and concerns you want to address with your prospective plastic surgeon. The consultation is your opportunity to assess the plastic surgeon as much as it is their opportunity to determine your candidacy for the procedure. Take your time, be thorough and know that you are never required to commit to a procedure or a plastic surgeon because you’ve had a consultation, even if the consultation is free.

Fraxel involves different techniques. Some plastic surgeons will use different techniques to achieve successful Fraxel. You want to make sure that you choose a plastic surgeon whose work you admire. You will be able to see the outcome of some of their laser treatments by looking at before-and-after pictures. Have the plastic surgeon thoroughly explain their procedure and why they value a certain technique more than others.

This list of information may help you compile your questions and may encourage you to do some further research on the many different aspects of Fraxel:

  • How does Fraxel differ from other laser skin resurfacing techniques?
  • What products are included in the Fraxel line and what do they help treat?
  • Will Fraxel work on my skin type?
  • Which parts of my body can I have Fraxel treatment on?
  • How long will recovery take?

If you’re consulting with a plastic surgeon from, you can rest assured that you will be meeting with a qualified Fraxel plastic surgeon. If you already have a plastic surgeon in mind, our qualified patient coordinators can also perform a background check before you schedule your consultation. Most importantly, always trust your instincts during the consultation. The success of your experience will be based on how you feel about your plastic surgeon, the treatment, your recovery and your result.

Fraxel Recovery

Fraxel treatments deliver great results with fast recovery, so you can return to work and other activities quickly. That’s one of the reasons why patients choose Fraxel treatments rather than traditional laser resurfacing treatments.

Mild treatments typically look like a mild sunburn for approximately 2 days. The skin will begin to look slightly tanned or bronzed around the third of fourth days, with light peeling. Aggressive Fraxel treatments usually cover a large fraction of the skin and penetrate very deeply, which lengthens the recovery period.

Fraxel Risks

Any procedure carries certain risks and the possibility of complications and infection. Make sure your plastic surgeon addresses all of your questions and concerns to your satisfaction.

During your consultation, you will want to ask your surgeon about the following risks:

  • Will I be burned or get injured from the heat of the laser?
  • Will I be scarred after the treatment?
  • Will I have skin discoloration?
  • What steps can I take if I am unhappy with the results?

It is important to remember that no plastic surgeon can guarantee your satisfaction with Fraxel nor can they deny any risk factors. No matter how rarely risks occur, every procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and you have to decide for yourself if your potential desired result is worth the risk.

Long Term Results of Fraxel

Fraxel allows you to see improvement within days of the procedure. You will notice progressive improvement over 2 - 3 months. Fraxel does not stop the aging process, but it can help give you a more youthful, rejuvenated and healthy appearance.

Choosing Your Surgeon

At, we are here to help you make an informed decision. One of the most important aspects for a successful outcome of your procedure is to choose the right plastic surgeon, therefore all of our plastic surgeons are pre-screened and continually monitored. We can help you find plastic surgeons in your area, who specialize in Fraxel, or we can provide a background check on any plastic surgeon.