Whether from sun damage, other environmental factors, or just aging, facial skin can quickly look dull and worn. Many people desire to regain healthy and glowing skin around their faces. However, dermabrasion and other treatments that used abrasive or chemical methods to remove the worn top layer of skin may come with a recovery or peeling and scabbing skin.
Along with the peeling, the treatments can be uncomfortable, and there is a risk of scarring and discoloration from hyperpigmentation as your skin heals. By using laser energy on the other hand, board-certified dermatologist Esta Kronberg can bring you similar results as these other treatment methods, without the risks and discomfort.
Using the Fraxel® laser system, only a fraction of the top layer of skin is affected. The Fraxel® system also has the ability to use different wavelengths of laser energy. This gives Dr. Kronberg much more control and allows for a wider variety of skin conditions to be specifically treated, without the side effects.
Certain skin conditions such as sun damage, freckles, and melasma respond better to different to a different wavelengths than ones that help stimulate collagen and elastin production. The dual wavelengths of the Fraxel® system allow for all to be treated in a more specific, and often more effective method than more general options.
After applying a topical numbing gel that takes about an hour to have its full effect, Dr. Kronberg glides the handheld device over the areas to be treated, and selects between the two wavelengths to best address your skin condition. The laser treatment itself takes less than 30 minutes, depending on the area treated, and you can go home right after.
Recovery is as simple as being diligent about sun protection and skin care for a few months following the procedure. With less scabbing or flaking, your skin will continue to improve over the next 12 weeks.
Call board-certified dermatologist Dr. Esta Kronberg in Houston, TX at 713-771-8941 or visit www.estakronbergmd.com to learn more about the Fraxel® laser system or any of the many other treatment options offered by her office.