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Why You Should Avoid Turtlenecks After a Fraxel Laser, and Other Skin-Healing Tips

Essential Tips For Post-Fraxel Laser Healing

About six years ago, my face was in desperate need of laser skin resurfacing. I’d developed acne, presumably from years of exposure to dirty, pollution-ridden New York City air. 

Eventually, my breakouts and inflammation subsided, but my cheeks were left riddled with visible acne scars. So, in order to combat my uneven complexion, I visited my board-certified dermatologist in the hopes of finding a solution. Together, we decided that the Fraxel® laser was the best option. 

It’s important to note that there’s a difference between Fraxel lasers. That winter, I went through three rounds of Fraxel Re:pair®, an ablative treatment that stimulates collagen and elastin, spaced four to six weeks apart. Numbing cream made the treatment itself totally tolerable; my six-day recovery period post-treatment (three times over!), however, was not exactly pain-free. Thankfully, I discovered a few tips, tricks, and products that eased the Fraxel Re:pair recovery period. I also learned what to avoid. 

If I were to do a Fraxel laser again — now that my deep scars are gone — I might instead opt for Fraxel Re:store®, which is similar to non-ablative lasers, meaning it’s gentler and has fewer recovery days. “Traditionally, a series of three or four Fraxel Re:store treatments would be performed one month apart, but even a single treatment does have some benefit for those who can’t do a full series right away,” says Jessica Krant, MD, MPH, a board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York®. Dr. Krant informed me that immediately after treatment I should expect my face to be red and a little bit swollen, like a bad sunburn. Swelling will likely occur and may get a bit worse over a few hours, and then go down within a day or two.

In preparation for my next Fraxel laser treatment, I researched and asked the pros about the best products to use and what to avoid afterward. Of course, consult with your doctor before opting for any kind of Fraxel laser and when starting a new regimen.