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Cosmetic Surgery: Fractional Laser Treatment (Fraxel)

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Targets: Brown patches, wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, uneven skin texture

Procedure: A topical ointment is applied first. The device addresses only tiny microscopic areas, or a “fraction” of the site, creating deep columns. As these select wounds heal, the process stimulates collagen production. 

Time: About a half hour to 45 minutes, not including the time it takes to numb the face.

Recovery: There are different types of fractional layers, some of which are more aggressive than others. There might be redness and some scabbing. You may need more than one treatment, but even one can deliver “significant results,” Pontell says.

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Before and after fractional laser treatment • PHOTOS courtesy of DR. Jonathan Pontell