When we do a procedure like laser resurfacing like Fraxel, it peels some skin off but it’s stimulating your skin to repair itself. In a person who has a significant amount of sun damage and even precancerous spots, it can give you healthier skin in the long term. My name is Suzy, I’m 33 and I’m getting Fraxel done today. I thought about getting Fraxel for a while. I started noticing the texture of my skin changing right around when I hit 30, so I did a little bit of research and this kept coming up as a way to smooth out my skin. I have not done any lasers in the past. I’ve done a lot of different facials but this will be the first time that there’s actually a laser involved. Typically I wear concealer, foundation and a little bit of powder and blush so I’m hoping that with this I’m going to be able to cut back a little bit on all that stuff. My name is Dr. Nancy Samolitis. I’m a board certified dermatologist at Facile in West Hollywood in Pasadena, California. I’ve been practicing for 13 years. The Fraxel laser is what’s known as a fractionated resurfacing laser. That means it stimulates the skin to peel, so you actually can get rejuvenated new skin to grow, and that improves thickening of collagen and improves discoloration from sun damage. It can also stimulate collagen production to fill in old acne scars. The Fraxel has even been used to treat precancerous spots. Some people are better candidates than other for treatment. It depends on how much recovery time they’re able to have. The Fraxel’s a good option for her because it will give her a significant improvement with just one session. I’m really nervous right now. Dr. Sam said that the first couple days it just kind of feels like a sunburn and then it starts scabbing. And that sometimes this triggers a break out but I’m hoping that I can avoid that. I have told every single person I know that I’m getting this done, so I really hope that the results are as good as I’m hyping them up to be, because I just I told everyone that they’re not gonna even recognize me. When we start doing the laser treatment the patient numbs with a topical anesthetic cream for about 30 to 60 minutes prior to the procedure. The patient’s eyes are covered with goggles. The Fraxel procedure itself takes about 10 or 15 minutes. I always use my hands to touch where their skin is going to be treated so they know what to expect. I usually start on the forehead head because patients tell me they feel that the most. They feel a little heat and a little bit of a prickly sensation. It just got really real! Ooh, I think I might need a break. Ok, I’ll just hold the air on here for a minute. At one point I actually had to ask her to like pause when she got to the other side and started to do the same thing, it just got to be too much. Immediately after we were finished doing the Fraxel treatment on Suzy’s skin she was slightly red. Her skin felt very warm which lasts for about twenty four hours. And she had a little bit of swelling. All those things are normal and expected after that treatment. I pride myself on having a pretty high pain tolerance for whatever reason, but it was painful. So here I am about 12 hours after the procedure. I’m really red, you can very clearly see the definition of where the laser stopped. As far as how it feels, it’s not too hot right now. It’s just a little bit itchy and a little bit uncomfortable. I’m really excited to see what this looks
like tomorrow though. Over the period of the next week or so the laser dots will turn into brown spots that look kind of like coffee grounds and those little dots will gradually exfoliate off and the patient will see new skin healing in. It’s really important to do the post procedure skin care appropriately to maintain your barrier and to not use anything that’s too irritating for your skin. At about the two week point after the treatment, you will notice your skin is plumper, smoother, more even toned, and healthier in general. It’s been over two weeks since I had the Fraxel procedure done and I love the results. I feel like I was really glowing right after the final phase of it and I feel like I’ve really kept most of that glow and most of the clearness of my skin. We can accomplish a lot in the office with a laser treatment like the Fraxel, but if you don’t go home and take good care of your skin you could have complications from the laser, you could get more discoloration, or the problem that you’re fixing can come back pretty quickly. Your skin is really your barrier that protects you from the environment. If you don’t take care of it, it won’t take care of you. Thank you for watching Refinery29. For more videos click here, to subscribe click here.