At San Diego Cosmetic Laser Dermatology our doctors are experts with Fraxel re:pair and laser resurfacing treatments.

Fraxel re:pair ™ (or Fraxel repair) is a revolutionary and effective procedure in the treatment of wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, sun-induced redness, scars and irregularities of the skin. The recovery time associated with Fraxel Repair is significantly less than traditional laser treatments and the procedure has proven more effective than skin treatments used in the past.

“The Fraxel re:pair is a revolutionary concept because it has the capability of tightening and rejuvenating the skin with extreme safety.” Dr. Fitzpatrick

Dr. Fitzpatrick is one of the developers of the Fraxel re:pair technology and has conducted countless clinical trials on its efficacy with various techniques. He is known internationally for his innovative work developing medical lasers. According to Solta Medica, the makers of Fraxel Laser, our physicians Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Groff have performed more Fraxel re:pair procedures than any other practice worldwide. Additionally, our expert dermatologists Dr. Fitzpatrick and Dr. Goldman have written several textbooks on lasers.

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What benefits can I expect from Fraxel re:pair?

The benefits of fraxel re:pair are so dramatic that it is one of our most popular procedures.Specifically, patients can expect to see softening of deep lines and wrinkles, a significant reduction or elimination of age spots or sun spots, smoother/ even skin tone and a tighter look to the face. Of course, individual results may vary from patient to patient.

“The Fraxel re:pair finally gives us a tool that is effective in treating melasma and discoloration on all skin tones.”Dr. Groff

How does Fraxel re:pair work?

Fraxel re:pair significantly corrects aged or damaged skin by utilizing a new technology known as Fractional Deep Dermal Ablation (FDDA™), a type of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Basically, the laser works on a microscopic level—breaking the treatment area down to what would resemble pixels on a digital image. The laser then goes pixel by pixel, or zone by zone, to penetrate the dermis and resurface the uppermost part of the skin. This process allows the skin to stimulate itself while expediting the production of collagen and elastin-resulting in a tighter, smoother and  fresher look to the face.

However, the most revolutionary aspect of Fraxel re:pair is the laser’s ability to leave microscopic areas of the skin untouched—as this “fractional” approach allows for faster healing than if the entire area were treated all at the same time. Finally, the gentle nature of Fraxel re:pair makes this a safe and effective treatment for sensitive areas such as the neck, chest, arms, hands and legs.

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What conditions will Fraxel re:pair treat?

Fraxel re:pair is extremely effective in the treatment of:

  • Sun spots and age spots
  • Deep lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone and texture
  • General skin irregularities
  • Reduction of precancerous lesions
  • Reduction of scarring (including acne scars, traumatic scars and surgical scars)
  • Lightening of stretch marks

How long is the Fraxel re:pair recovery process?

The recovery process with Fraxel repair is significantly less than traditional laser treatments.
A patient can expect redness, swelling, and crusting for 7 to 10 days. These are all normal signs indicating that the skin is healing and the deep tissue is being repaired.

However, our patients generally return to work and normal activities within 6-10 days of treatment. It is important to realize that recovery varies from patient to patient. In some patients, redness or a pink tone may persist on the skin for longer periods of time.

Fraxel re:pair Frequently Asked Questions

Fraxel repair is a laser treatment that corrects deep wrinkles and tightens the skin. The high-intensity carbon dioxide (CO2) laser gets rid of unwanted tissue by using thousands of microscopic laser columns to penetrate deep into the skin and remove old, damaged skin cells. This skin resurfacing laser stimulates your body’s own healing process, which replaces old cells with fresh, healthy skin. Fraxel face laser treatments are a safe and effective way to remove years from your appearance by creating smooth, glowing skin.

How long does a Fraxel re:pair procedure take?

Fraxel repair treatments take approximately 30-40 minutes for the full face.  The length of the treatment depends on how many areas are being treated.

Do Fraxel re:pair treatments hurt?

Our patients are given a topical anesthetic cream , pain medication and nerve blocks prior to the procedure to numb the general treatment area. Therefore, patients experience little to no pain with Fraxel re:pair. Patients also have the option of having general anesthesia with a board certified anesthesiologist in one of our QuadASF accredited operating room.

“We offer our patients the option of having localized numbing of the treatment areas or general anesthesia with one of our board certified anesthesiologists. We find that not only are patients comfortable during the procedure, but remain virtually pain free following the procedure and require no pain medication during the recovery process.” Dr. Fitzpatrick

How much downtime should I expect after a Fraxel re:pair treatment?

Downtime differs depending on the strength of the Fraxel repair treatment. Some patients choose to go with a more aggressive Fraxel treatment requires fewer sessions but does result in a week of social downtime. If you opt for a less aggressive treatment, you will need more treatment sessions to achieve the same results, but there will be less down time after each treatment. In this case you will experience some redness and swelling for 1-3 days, but will be able to return to your daily activities shortly after laser treatments.

What are the side effects of Fraxel re:pair?

Like most laser treatment side effects, Fraxel repair side effects are mild and can include some swelling or redness after the procedure. These side effects should go away within a week. Other temporary side effects include minor itching, dry skin, and peeling or flaking.

How many Fraxel re:pair treatments will I need?

Clinical studies suggest that most patients will only need one treatment to see results. However, depending on the condition of your skin, you might need several treatments to experience maximum results. During a consultation our doctors will develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you and your needs.

How quickly will I see results from Fraxel re:pair?

Visible results from Fraxel repair treatments come in two stages. Immediately after your laser treatment there will be noticeable improvements in your skin tone and texture. Your skin will continue to improve over the next few months as new collagen growth plumps the skin. A Fraxel repair treatment can produce remarkable result without the prolonged recovery time needed after other laser procedures.

How long do Fraxel re:pair laser results last?

The results of Fraxel laser in San Diego are long-term but not permanent. By properly taking care of your skin with a good skincare routine and adequate sun protection, your skin will stay healthy longer.

How much does Fraxel cost?

The cost of Fraxel repair laser treatments varies among patients. During a consultation with one of our expert laser dermatologists we can give you a personalized Fraxel treatment plan and laser resurfacing cost estimate.

Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at (858) 943-2113 for more information on Fraxel Repair, cosmetic laser treatments and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.