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Capital Region Vein and Laser Centre | Fraxel Skin Resurfacing for Sun Spots, Acne, Wrinkles and Scars Located in Albany, Saratoga, Capital Region
Fraxel Skin Resurfacing for Sun Spots, Acne, Wrinkles and Scars Located in Albany, Saratoga, Capital Region
Fraxel, Skin, Sun Spots, Acne, Wrinkles, Scars, Albany, Saratoga, Capital Region , stretch marks, Saratoga
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Fraxel Skin Resurfacing

In the past, there have been two types of laser treatments: The first type of laser, ablative, which means to vaporize at very high temperatures. It is effective, but it can harm healthy skin as well as the skin that needs treating, so healing is extremely painful and prolonged.


The second type of laser, non-ablative, is much less intense and not as effective requiring multiple treatments, sometimes for months on end, and the results can leave a lot to be desired.

The Science of Fraxel

In 2001 a team of scientists and leading clinicians came together with one goal-to fulfill the potential of laser treatment. The team created a remarkable breakthrough with Fraxel laser. The Fraxel laser is so precise it is able to target portions of the damaged skin. It bypasses the outermost layer of the skin and creates “little wounds” beneath the areas that need healing. These little wounds accelerate the body’s natural healing abilities. Fraxel treatment triggers the body’s own collagen producing abilities, enabling new, fresh skin to take the place of the older, damaged skin.

Skin Resurfacing with Fraxel

As the years pass, our skin is damaged by both environmental (sun, pollution) and behavioral (stress, fatigue, smoking) factors that causes people to age prematurely and keeping them from looking their best. Today, Fraxel treatment offers the most advanced laser skin resurfacing treatment – one that actually awakens the subsurface cells so they revitalize themselves naturally, returning skin to its original beauty.


The Fraxel laser has been approved to treat multiple skin conditions, including age/sun spots, acne scarring, melasma (the mask of pregnancy) and eye wrinkles, stretch marks and surgical scars. It’s safe, easy and delivers remarkable results. Fraxel treatment repairs damaged skin by treating only a small fraction of skin at a time, leaving the area surrounded by unaffected, healthy tissue. This “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy, tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections.


Fraxel is the only fractional laser system that safely penetrates the skin down to the dermis. The Fraxel laser has the ability to penetrate fractions of skin, spot by spot, without breaking the skin’s protective outer barrier. The result is natural stimulation of new collagen without the fear of downtime and risks associated with traditional ablative treatments.


The Fraxel laser passes through the top layer of skin like light through glass, reaching into the dermis below to create thousands of tiny, microscopic areas of thermal damage that stimulate the body’s own wound healing response, notably new collagen production and replacement of damaged skin surfaces with new epidermal skin.


Fraxel treatment is performed using topical anesthesia in the doctor’s office. A typical facial treatment is completed in about 30- 45 minutes. While results vary from patient to patient, results are typically achieved in an average of 4 treatment sessions spaced about 3 to 4 weeks apart, and many patients notice a marked improvement sooner.

Age and Sun Spots

Fraxel - Before After Sun Spots

Age spots are flat, uneven brown patches that appear on the parts of the body that are most regularly exposed to the sun – most commonly the face, chest, hands, shoulders and arms. They are also known as sun spots or liver spots.

Today, Fraxel treatment offers the most advanced laser restoration treatment – one that actually awakens the subsurface cells so they revitalize themselves naturally, reducing the appearance of sun and age spots and returning skin to its original beauty.

Acne Scarring

Fraxel - Before and After Acne Scars, Fine Lines

When acne advances to the point of injuring our tissue, it can result in a scar – a discolored fibrous tissue with abnormal collagen function that may appear as a red raised area or indented mark. To successfully treat this type of scar, the top layer of skin (epidermis) must be removed, and the production of new collagen must be stimulated to improve the skin’s overall tone and texture.


Traditionally, topical agents, abrasion therapies, surgery and conventional lasers have been used to treat acne scarring. Unfortunately, most of these treatments achieve only moderate results or are very aggressive, resulting in a long, painful recovery period.


A breakthrough came only recently when the FDA approved Fraxel treatment for acne scars after studies showed that the new laser could be far more effective than traditional therapies. The powerful, yet precise laser effectively encourages the skin to create new collagen to replace the scarred epidermis.


Melasma is a very common disorder that is estimated to affect about 6 million women in the United States. Melasma typically occurs as brown spots and darkened pigmentation on sun-exposed facial areas, notably the cheeks, forehead, upper lip and nose, and is most common in women of child-bearing age and among male and female adults of dark-skinned races.


Fraxel treatment has been shown to be very effective in treating persistent melasma that has otherwise been unresponsive to traditional therapies, such as bleaching creams, microdermabrasion, IPL therapies, and laser ablation. Fraxel treatment can help to reverse the unsightly changes associated with Melasma and return skin to its original beauty.


To understand the Fraxel laser’s unique mechanism of action, think of your skin as a wall made up of tiny tiles. If a patient has melasma, every third tile on this wall would be brown in color, representing the brown splotches that are characteristic of this condition. With fractional resurfacing, many of these brown tiles are “zapped” and eliminated making the appearance more uniform.

Wrinkles around the Eyes

While wrinkles around the eyes may signify a life rich with laughter and emotional experiences, many people would prefer to keep the memories but lose the crow’s feet!


The skin around your eyes is much more delicate than other areas of the body and tends to age more rapidly. The tiny wrinkles that develop, often called crow’s feet, develop largely from years of contracting the muscles that display our emotions when we smile, squint, deeply consider, show surprise or laugh.


There are countless cosmetic strategies for reducing crow’s feet, including acid peels, injectable fillers, collagen, dermabrasion or traditional laser treatment. However, in many cases, the results are unsatisfactory, painful or too expensive, as the process must be repeated a number of times each year in order to be effective.


The real breakthrough came recently when the FDA approved Fraxel treatment for wrinkles around the eyes after studies showed that the new laser was extremely effective in improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fraxel laser works to rebuild and restore the skin naturally in the area around the eye, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and returning skin to its original beauty.

Surgical Scars

Scars are depressions or indentations that occur from the skin’s natural healing process following surgery. Scars contain reduced amounts of collagen, have irregularly structured dermal fibers and usually lack elasticity. A surgical scar is scar tissue that forms and leaves a mark in response to skin healing after a surgical incision.


Only the Fraxel laser with its unique science of fractional resurfacing provides a comprehensive treatment approach that gently repairs the epidermal abnormalities and also reaches deep into the dermis to induce new collagen formation without compromising

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks, which occur due to sudden weight loss or gain and are usually associated with pregnancy. Although Fraxel is not approved by FDA, for eradication of stretch marks many doctors are reporting very positive results. With the use of the Fraxel laser there is about 50-75% improvement in eliminating the appearance of stretch marks after a series of 5 treatments.