This is the workhorse of lasers. “It’s my gold standard laser for texture, pore size, fine lines, and brown spots,” Dr. Gerstner said. “The 1550 wavelength is a general resurfacing wavelength. It also has a 1927 wavelength which is for hyperpigmentation, melasma, and brown spots.” This is a treatment that Dr. Gerstner doesn’t recommend in the summer, because you need to stay out of the sun for four or five days afterwards.
Like the Clear + Brilliant, Fraxel is cumulative. Dr. Gerstner recommends monthly treatments for about five months. But if, say, you get pregnant and need to stop for nine months, the treatments you already did won’t wear off the way Botox and fillers do.
Side Effects/Down Time: “You can immediately go back to work, but you definitely look like you went to St. Bart’s and forgot your sunscreen,” Dr. Gerstner said. “You’re pink for two days.” There can potentially be some minor swelling. Fraxel is also the treatment of choice for acne scars, in which case your down time may be a little longer. “If a 25-year-old has ice pick acne scars on her cheek I’m gonna knock the hell out of her with the Fraxel,” Dr. Gerstner said. That’s a good thing for the scars, but possibly a bad thing for your social life for a few days, so plan accordingly. Great time to catch up on Orange Is the New Black!