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The Fraxel Laser Procedure

The Fraxel® Laser Procedure

About the Laser Treatment Procedure

The Fraxel® Laser Procedure

Article reviewed by: M. Kirk Moore, M.D. - West Jordan, Utah

A typical Fraxel® Laser treatment of the face takes approximately 30 minutes when performed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Larger areas, such as treatment of stretch marks on the body, may take longer. Treatment of smaller areas, such as spot treatment of scars, will be shorter in duration.

Fraxel® Laser treatment is usually performed on an outpatient basis at your plastic surgeon’s office or at a laser treatment center your plastic surgeon uses. You will need to arrive early so that the plastic surgeon or his nurse can apply a topical anesthetic to the area to be treated. This topical anesthetic requires up to sixty minutes to achieve its full numbing effects. You may also receive an oral analgesic (pain killer), a local anesthetic nerve block or, for those patients who do not want to be awake or who require very deep treatment, general anesthesia may be an option.

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