Can Fraxel Improve the Appearance of My Acne Scars?

Can Fraxel Improve the Appearance of My Acne Scars?

Dear Dr. Brooks,
A co-worker mentioned Fraxel the other day. Can you please explain what Fraxel is? I’m interested in laser resurfacing to get rid of acne scars. Can it help improve the look of my skin? How many treatments would I need?

Thanks,

Still Having Acne in My 30’s!

Dear Still Having Acne in My 30’s,
Thank you so much for your question. Fraxel is a very diverse laser that can treat a variety of conditions and skin types, but it is very good for treating acne scars. In fact, I primarily use it for resurfacing both acne and surgical scars, but it’s great for reducing  fine lines and wrinkles, too. It is also used for melasma, discoloration and age spots. It would absolutely make your skin look better. The advantage to Fraxel over other Erbium lasers, is that we can treat any skin type with minimal down time. The number of treatments depends on several factors: 1. Skin type (the darker the skin, generally the more treatments needed). An estimate would be 5-6 treatments for a person
with a darker complexion versus 3 treatments for someone with a lighter complexion. 2. What are we treating? If a patient has deep surgical or acne scars, they may need 1-2 more treatments than stated previously. 3. How aggressive can I be with treatments. This is very similar to point number 1; For a patient with very light skin, I can be every aggressive with my treatments. For example, if a patient with fair skin, blue eyes, blonde hair came for treatment of severe acne scarring I would be VERY aggressive in my settings (how much energy I use and how much surface area I am treating). Often, people feel because this is a non ablative laser, it will be pain free. There is discomfort with the Fraxel. I ask my patients to come in an hour before treatment to apply topical numbing cream on the area to be treated. Most of my patients tolerate the procedure very well.

– Dr. Brooks

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Comments (4)

  • kallie seniff

    I just need a new prescriptionn for my triaz, they are the facial whipes. I also need a new one for his pill i use to take orally 2 times a day but forgot what it is called. I found one last pill. Its big and white with the letters IP and 272 written on it. hope this helps. It needs to be filled at the CVS on george street in charleston, sc. thank you!

    August 30, 2010 at 3:42 am
  • Annette

    Accutane
    I started accutane, but did not finish because of financial reasons. My acne is coming back and was wondering if there is another approach to getting rid of them with out such a harsh treatment such as accutane. I believe my acne is mild. Its not severe as I have seen in some people. What will be my next step? Will I have to get more medicine and perscriptions? Or can I get some kind of lazer work done to end the acne nonsense?

    September 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm
  • Lorenzo

    Would you suggest a procedure such as Fraxel for someone in their early 20’s? I’m interested but just unsure on whether I want to have any type of surgery so young.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    • Hlbrooksmd

      Dear Lorenzo,
      It depends on why you are having the procedure. If you have acne scars that you would like to improve, then Fraxel would be an option. I would have to evaluate your skin prior to making any recommendations on treatment options.
      Thank you,
      Dr. Brooks

      January 31, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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