One of the great things about the Fraxel treatment is that there is very minimal post care. The current Fraxel is a non-ablative laser which lays down thousands of tiny little dots of laser energy called micro thermal zones. The micro thermal zones are skin cells that have been coagulated. That means that the cells have died and they will be pushed out by the healing process. This will cause the skin to feel a little bit rough and will also turn a little bit darker which is called bronzing. The primary thing that we recommend is for patients to use a good sunblock as sun exposure would be the most likely cause of complications from the Fraxel laser. If you have been on topical medications for melasma, you will need to restart those a few days after your treatment.
Dr. Lornell Hansen