There are a lot of options available today when it comes to scar treatment. You can go for ointments, creams, and even laser therapy. Today, we can add Fraxel treatment to the list. But how does it really do the job? Is it a safe option for you? And is it an efficient treatment? Let’s take a closer look to see if Fraxel is a treatment to go to.
When we speak of cosmetic laser treatments, this comes in two forms. This is ablative and non-ablative treatment. With ablative treatments, the instruments used make use of high temperature which can effectively vaporize unwanted tissue. It is indeed highly effective, but along with it are also a number of side effects which could take weeks to recover.
Non-ablative treatments on the other hand have lesser side effects, but it takes more treatment to create dramatic results. Fraxel laser treatment belongs to this category.
Fraxel treatment is often used for the treatment of acne scars. It is called Fraxel because it treats just a fraction of the skin for every session. The large amount of healthy skin that is left intact between treatments can also result to a faster healing time which is not even possible for older versions of non-fractional lasers.
But another use that Fraxel laser is also known for is the treatment of surgical scars. Results from previous treatments showed that it can minimize the appearance of surgical and traumatic scars with minimal downtime.
What types of scars are treated by Fraxel?
Although it is mainly known for the treatment of acne scars, Fraxel can also be used for a number of scars as well. It can also work on Atrophic or pitted scars, red scars and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation scars or brown scars.
So whether you have dot-like scars from FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) or the longitudinal one which runs crosswise at the back of your head with the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation), you can still use Fraxel to manage it.
What is good about this treatment for the treatment of post hair transplant scars is that it is safe for all skin types. It does not target melanin which means that it does not cause burning or discolorations.
In addition to that, Fraxel scar treatment can also be used for the revision of surgical scars. This means that you can improve the look of those scars which you expected to look differently through a series of treatments.
How does Fraxel Scar Treatment work?
Fraxel laser creates results by producing numerous microscopic columns which are able to penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. This then stimulates the collagen layers to replace the damaged skin on the surface area. This now results to a smoother and lighter scarring.
Some are concerned about using this treatment on surgical and traumatic scars. But with the millions of treatment that has been already done for this particular problem, it has been proven safe for use on all surgical scars without compromising the wound or the result in any way.
If you see this as a good option for scar treatment or revision, your first consult will determine the number of treatments that you need. You might need to be ready for several visits which mean that you also need to be ready with your budget.
A topical anesthetic can be applied which would take effect in 60 minutes. But the actual treatment often lasts for 10-30 minutes depending on how big your scar is. It may sting a bit with your skin slightly swollen after treatment, but this will just resolve in a few days.
A fractional laser treatment might allow you to wear your hair shorter even with an FUT, and a good option to consider.
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