Factors that determine the cost for a Fraxel laser treatment are the condition of a patient's skin, the clinical results desired, the provider the patient prefers and the geographical region in which the treatment facility is located, according to the Fraxel website. Other factors that determine the cost of laser skin resurfacing include treatment facility and anesthesia costs, surgeon's fees, and expenses for care before and after the surgery, according to DocShop.com.
As of 2016, Fraxel offers treatments such as Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 and Fraxel re:pair SST, notes the Fraxel website. Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 uses tiny columns of laser that penetrate a patient's skin's layers to stimulate the body's collagen production, which promotes new skin cell growth beneath the skin's surface. The skin heals quickly because the laser only affects small amounts of tissue. The surgery produces results immediately and visible improvement continues for up to three months as healing occurs and new skin cells develop. Spacing three to five treatment sessions about 14 to 28 days apart is an average schedule for treating patients effectively.
Fraxel re:pair SST treats aging and damaged skin conditions more aggressively than Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927, although both use laser, explains the Fraxel website. Fraxel re:pair SST is an ablative procedure during which a surgeon vaporizes tiny tissue columns far beneath the skin's surface by using a carbon dioxide laser. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted clearances for Fraxel treatments.