What is Fraxel® II Laser Treatment?

The state of the art Fraxel® II Laser used at the Zimmerman Center repairs damaged skin pixel by pixel, spot by spot by promoting fast and natural healing. Fraxel requires minimal downtime, so skin can be treated and you can return to your normal routine and activities within a few days. Help restore the healthy skin of your youth and gain a renewed sense of confidence with this safe, non-invasive procedure. The Zimmerman Center can assist you in seeing for yourself how the latest FDA approved Fraxel® II Laser can help you with the following:

  • Wrinkle Reduction
  • Skin Tightening
  • Pore Size Reduction
  • Skin Resurfacing Procedures
  • Pigmented Lesions
  • Melasma
  • Age Spots
  • Sun Spots
  • Soft Tissue Coagulation

How Does Fraxel Work?

At your initial consultation, Dr Zimmerman will determine the best treatment plan for your desired results. By design, each Fraxel Laser Treatment targets between 20 and 25 percent of the skin's surface. These interactions cause the underlying collagen to rebuild itself, smoothing out lines and wrinkles and evening out skin tone. While thousands of microscopic areas are treated, the surrounding untreated areas act as healing aides, helping the skin to recover more quickly.

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months. Because Fraxel Laser Treatment spares healthy tissue, it is effective even on delicate skin areas, such as the neck, chest and hands.

What Can I Expect From Treatment?

You will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then minimal discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 5 to 7 days. This is a normal sign that the skin is deeply healing. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in 2 to 3 days.

You may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, the same day of treatment. Others require a little more time, depending upon their skin condition and treatment.

New epidermal skin develops within 24 hours. This process of skin repair involves:

  • Bronzing: Your skin will have a bronze appearance that lasts anywhere from 3 to 14 days, depending on your treatment level.
  • Flaking: Your skin will naturally and vigorously exfoliate as new skin replaces dead tissue. Flaking is similar to that of minor sunburn, but without the associated pain. Use of a moisturizer will mask the appearance of flaking.
  • Sunscreen: Be sure to use sunscreen at least twice daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during both the healing phase and for several months after treatment. Apply a moisturizing sun block with an SPF of at least 30-plus. For added protection, use wide-brimmed hats when in direct sunlight. Over the following weeks and months, the body repairs the deeper dermal tissues that have been affected by the Fraxel treatment, producing longer beneficial changes associated with a healthy, youthful appearance.