Imagine you could take all your skin concerns—hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines—and peel them all away to reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin. That’s essentially what Fraxel lasers do. Which is why the on-the-rise treatment has become a solution for people serious about blasting away imperfections for good. “I use Fraxel literally everyday,” NYC-based dermatologist Marnie Nussbaum tells ELLE.com. “My best patients are the acne scarring patients who can’t believe that something has given them such a rush of self esteem. And the photo damage patients getting their skin to a neutral tone instead of being speckled is really satisfying to them. People are really happy with it.”
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.
What do Fraxel lasers treat?
Nussbaum says most patients come into her office seeking 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,” Nussbaum explains.