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Fraxel Laser for Wrinkles Around Mouth

Fraxel laser is a cutting-edge technology that offers incredible results for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging. This advanced laser resurfacing treatment is specifically designed to target and improve various skin concerns, such as surface wrinkles, fine lines, pore size, and acne scars. If you are looking to achieve smoother, more youthful-looking skin, Fraxel Laser is a highly effective option to consider. Whether you want to address wrinkles on your face or other areas of your body, this treatment can help you achieve your desired results. Say goodbye to signs of aging and hello to radiant, rejuvenated skin with Fraxel laser technology.

It can be intimidating to undergo a procedure like this so we went to Nussbaum to break down everything you need to know before trying Fraxel.

Fraxel Laser For Wrinkles Around Mouth

The fraxel laser can definitely improve perioral rhytids (vertical lines around your mouth) but best results are seen with a series of treatments. Although you will notice a difference in your skin with a single treatment to impact lines such as those it usually requires 3-5 treatments.

Fractional laser resurfacing is a revolutionary treatment that targets specific fractions of the skin, allowing for precise and controlled treatment of wrinkles above the lip while protecting surrounding tissue. This safe and effective procedure can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin looking younger and smoother. Some of the top fractional lasers on the market, such as the Fraxel Re:store Dual® and Fraxel Re:pair®, are known for their ability to deliver impressive results with minimal downtime. With advancements in technology, fractional laser resurfacing has become a popular choice for those looking to rejuvenate their skin and achieve a more youthful appearance.

What do Fraxel lasers treat?

Most patients seek Fraxel laser treatments for three reasons: hyperpigmentation or sun damage, wrinkles, and acne scarring. People most commonly have lasers applied to their whole faces, but the neck, décolletage, hands, and arms are also popular areas to treat.

For textured acne scars, in particular (think: icepick, boxcar, and rolling scars), lasers are more effective than any topical treatment. “Being able to go that deep allows you to really break up that scar tissue that’s clouding the textural difference, whereas a cream wouldn’t be able to”.

Are there different types of fraxel lasers?

The Fraxel dual laser is the type you commonly find in dermatologists’ offices. It features two lasers with different wavelengths in one device: One that targets pigmentation and sun damage and another that goes deeper to target wrinkles, texture, and acne scarring. There is Fraxel Restore, a non-ablative (meaning no open wounds) laser, and Fraxel Repair, which is the most powerful and uses an ablative fractionated carbon dioxide laser for more severe cases. The latter requires more extensive downtime.

How do Fraxel lasers work?

No matter which Fraxel laser you choose, the mechanism is the same. The energy from the lasers creates tiny “columns of thermal destruction” in the skin that stimulate the growth of new, healthy skin cells to replace old, damaged cells. “It’s really working from the inside out,”of the skin turnover and collagen production, which is actually just the body’s natural healing process accelerated.

How do you prepare for a Fraxel laser treatment?

First, make sure you don’t have extensive breakouts, open wounds, or infections on the face. Stop using products with retinoids one week before your treatment. On the actual day, you’ll be topically numbed for 45 minutes, and the procedure itself takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on where you’re getting treated.

Do Fraxel lasers hurt?

Nussbaum describes the sensation as “a little teeny prickling,” but because your face will be numbed so it should only be “mildly uncomfortable.”

How much downtime do you need after a Fraxel treatment?

“I always tell my patients there will be three to five days of downtime,” Nussbaum says, “You won’t look like raw meat but you’re going to be red, peeling, and scaley.”

What does aftercare look like?

Make sure to use ample amounts of sun protection. You’re also going to want to avoid any harsh products or prescription acne products on your skin for up to a week. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer twice a day and avoid peeling and picking your skin at all costs. “That will only make you red and take longer to heal. It’ll peel when it’s ready. No exfoliation.” A DIY compress made with half whole milk and half ice water because the lactic acid and fat content in the milk helps calm the skin. “It sinks right into the channels that we’ve made in the skin,” she says.

As for actual products, Nussbaum recommends “gentle cleansers like the Elta MD Foaming Facial cleanser twice a day. Then, I recommend a Vitamin C in the recovery period like Skinceuticals Phloretin gel every morning. Use Elta MD sunscreen in the morning, but any moisturizer like Cerave PM is great because it’s not too thick, so if you put it on during the day it won’t clog the pores.”

Foaming Facial Cleanser
Ame Skin Theraphy Foaming Facial Cleanser

$27 at Dermstore

Phloretin CF Gel (1 fl oz.)
SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF Gel (1 fl oz.)

$166 at SkinCeuticals

PM Face Moisturizer for Nighttime Use
CeraVe PM Face Moisturizer for Nighttime Use

$17 at Ulta Beauty

UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (1.7 oz.)
EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 (1.7 oz.)

$39 at Dermstore

How many sessions of Fraxel should you do to see results?

It depends on what you are targeting. If it’s pigment, you will see results in one to two sessions. If you’re trying to get rid of wrinkles or acne scarring, it’s three to five sessions. For both acne and wrinkles, it’s recommended to space out sessions four weeks apart. For photo damage, you space out sessions six to eight weeks apart.

Here, impressive results from someone who went for Fraxel repair (the strongest setting):

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Fraxel Laser For Wrinkles Around Mouth Side Effects

Laser resurfacing can cause side effects. Side effects are milder and less likely with nonablative approaches than with ablative laser resurfacing.

  • Redness, swelling, itching and pain. Treated skin may swell, itch or have a burning sensation. Redness may be intense and might last for several months.

Fraxel Laser Cost

Skin resurfacing and brightening lasers are the bread and butter of the industry, with Fraxel leading the way as one of the most requested laser procedures.

“Lasers such as the Fraxel work by punching microscopic holes in the skin, creating a controlled wound and taking advantage of the skin’s ability to heal itself,” Zeichner says. “In the process, excess pigmentation is shed, creepy skin is improved, and texture is evened out. A single treatment can offer up to 50% improvement in the skin.”

One Fraxel laser treatment costs somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000, Zeichner says. One treatment will give significant improvement, but some patients require more than one—performed every four to six weeks.

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The Cost Breakdown: Ingredients that can provide a tiny fraction of the immediate effect you’ll get from Fraxel include retinol, which helps improve skin texture and build collagen, and hydroquinone or soy, a classic dark spot lightener. Let’s say you’re a fan of drugstore favorite RoC Retinol Correxion Sensitive Night Cream, which costs $22.99 for 1.0 fl oz. You want to keep your skin as bright as possible, so to the mix you add Clinicians Complex 6% Skin Bleaching Cream ($70), which contains hydroquinone, kojic acid, and bearberry extract. Here’s what you’ll wind up spending on these products if you use them from age 21 to 55: $4,827.90 (for retinol you’ll purchase every two months) and $9,800 (for hydroquinone cream that you’ll purchase four times a year). That’s a combined total of $14,627.90 — about $8,600 more than you’d pay if you received four Fraxel laser treatments that are almost guaranteed to make a significant difference in your skin.

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