What Are the Effects of Fraxel Laser Treatment?

Fraxel laser treatments reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, and skin pigmentation, such as age spots, according Fraxel's website. Fraxel also treats the precancerous skin condition actinic keratosis and helps heal skin damage caused by sun exposure.

Although Fraxel laser treatments are safe for men and women with most skin types, the potential side effects include swelling, prolonged redness, scarring, scabbing or crusting, oozing, and pigment changes. Other side effects include delayed wound healing, acne flare-upS, herpes reactivation, and infection from viral, bacterial and fungal agents, according to the company's website.

The laser treatment sessions typically last between 15 to 45 minutes, and patients usually require one to five treatments to achieve the best results, according to Fraxel. The visible results of treatment generally take effect within one to three weeks following the treatments. Immediately following treatment, patients often feel as if they have a mild sunburn.

Fraxel is a brand of fractionated ablative laser device, as WebMD explains. Fractionated lasers create pinpoint punctures in the skin to stimulate collagen growth without affecting the surrounding tissue to treat signs of aging with less downtime and discomfort than nonfractionated ablative lasers. Generally, the treated area remains red for up to one week following fractionated laser surgery.