Reducing the look of large wrinkles with lasers is not particularly new. However, it is possible to remove even fine lines with the help of the Fraxel laser. This laser was approved by the FDA in the first part of 2005, and is being used by dermatologists and cosmologists all over the country to help people enjoy younger, healthier looking skin.
The Fraxel laser works by taking a rather concentrated laser beam with a very small diameter and aiming it at the offending area. The heat of the laser removes the old, dead skin on top, creating the need for the skin to heal itself with younger, fresher, and healthier skin. This process is safer than some laser treatments because the small size of the beam creates almost pinpoint accuracy. The skin surrounding the blemish is affected very little by the procedure. The Fraxel can also be used on age spots and on sun spots, as well as being accurate enough to use around sensitive areas like the eyes (when they are properly covered, of course), the nose, and the mouth.
Many people are reluctant to have surgery (like a face lift) because it can be invasive. Additionally, infections and botched procedures are always risks. Surgery is frightening to many people. Non-surgical means, including injections like Botox, can also cause some people discomfort. Botox makes use of a toxin, and for those who are unsure of injecting poison into their faces, it is not a viable solution. Chemical peels can result in widespread peeling and redness that can be uncomfortable and also create a few days of feeling bad about one’s looks.
The Fraxel laser is a solution to all of these problems. It is non-invasive, as it does not require surgery. Additionally, there are no poisons involved or unnatural processes using chemicals. The Fraxel laser’s concentrated beam targets specific areas and gets rid of the old, dead, dull skin. This allows the body’s natural healing processes to take effect and create younger, healthier, brighter skin. And there is usually very little discomfort through the procedure and after it.
Like all dermatological procedures, however, there is the risk of some discomfort. Some redness around the affected area may be present, but it is generally small, and goes away after no more than a day or two. Additionally, some people with sensitive skin may experience irritation. It is always a good idea to consult fully with your dermatologist before making use of this technology that can help you look 5 to 10 years younger in just a few visits.