Fraxel: The Best Choice For Treating Dark Spots And Pigmentation On The Face

Actual patient results of Dr. William Numa, Top half of a woman's face side by side before and after a Fraxel Laser Treatment in our Boston Med Spa Office.

What Is Fraxel?

Fraxel laser procedure is a type of skin resurfacing treatment that uses fractional laser technology to improve the appearance of the skin. It is often used to address various skin concerns, such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, sunspots, age spots, and uneven skin tone. The name “Fraxel” comes from the words “fractional” and “laser.” Unlike traditional laser treatments that target the entire skin surface, Fraxel laser treatment delivers precise microscopic laser columns (fractional beams) into the skin. This creates small, controlled zones of damage while leaving surrounding tissue unaffected.

Types of Hyperpigmentation Treated By Fraxel

Fraxel dual laser treatment can effectively target and improve various types of pigmentation issues. Some common concerns that can be treated by a Fraxel laser procedure include Sunspots and Age Spots, Melasma, Post-inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH), uneven Skin Tone and some freckles, especially those caused or intensified by sun exposure. Fraxel is also a highly effective option to soften the look of acne scars.

How Do Fraxel Lasers Work?

Fraxel Dual laser is based on fractional laser technology using two different wavelengths or depths, to address different skin concerns. The laser system delivers thousands of microscopic laser columns, or “microthermal treatment zones” into the skin. These columns of laser energy create controlled micro-injuries in the targeted areas, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue intact. The 1550 nm wavelength is utilized to penetrate deeper into the skin, reaching the dermal layer. By targeting the deeper layers of skin, it can help improve wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars, as well as promote overall skin tightening. The 1927 nm wavelength is designed to target the more superficial layers of the skin. It is most effective in addressing pigmentation issues by breaking down excess melanin and reducing the appearance of pigmented lesions.

What Are The Benefits of Fraxel Laser Treatment?

Fraxel face treatment offer several benefits for improving the appearance and health of the skin. Results are both immediate and progressive. This treatment is highly effective on the face as well as neck, chest, arms, legs and back.

  • Skin Resurfacing: Fraxel laser procedure stimulates the production of collagen and promotes skin cell turnover, leading to smoother, more refined skin texture and reduced appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Hyperigmentation: Fraxel effectively targets and reduces various types of pigmentation issues resulting in a more even skin tone.
  • Acne Scar Improvement: Fraxel face treatment can help minimize the appearance of acne scars by encouraging the regrowth of collagen and skin regeneration, leading to an overall smoother skin texture.
  • Minimal Downtime: Fraxel is a fractional laser treatment, which means it targets only a fraction of the skin at a time, leaving surrounding tissue intact. This results in faster healing and reduced downtime compared to traditional ablative laser treatments.
  • Customizable Treatment: The intensity and depth of the Fraxel laser treatment can be adjusted based on individual skin concerns, making it customizable to each person’s specific needs.
  • Non-Surgical: Fraxel is a non-surgical procedure making it a less invasive option for skin rejuvenation.
  • Long-Lasting Results: The improvements achieved with Fraxel laser treatment can be long-lasting, especially with proper skincare maintenance and sun protection.
  • Safe and Effective: Fraxel laser has been extensively studied and used by dermatologists and medical professionals worldwide, and when performed by a qualified provider, it is considered safe and effective.

What Should I Know Before Getting A Fraxel Dual Laser Treatment

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Fraxel laser treatment. Your skin type, medical history, and current skin condition will be evaluated to determine if Fraxel is the right option for you. Skin care products containing retinol or hydroquinone, chemical peels and exfoliants should be avoided for at least one week prior to treatment. Fraxel Dual laser treatments are not recommended for patients who have a history of keloid scars.  Patients who have a history of cold sores should be premedicated prior to the treatment to avoid a possible outbreak.

It is crucial to protect your skin from sun exposure before and after the treatment. Sunburned or tanned skin can lead to complications and may affect the effectiveness of the treatment.  While Fraxel laser treatment is generally well-tolerated, some patients may experience slight discomfort during the procedure. A topical numbing cream is used to make most patients comfortable during the treatment. Immediately following the treatment, your skin may be flushed and warm similar to a sunburn. Some patients also experience minor swelling for the first 1-2 days. For the next few days, your skin will become darker as the damaged skin cells begin to rise to the surface. By day 5, your skin will gently begin to slough off as collagen is regenerated.

How Many Sessions Of Fraxel Do You Need?

Depending on your skin concerns and the desired results, multiple Fraxel laser treatment sessions may be required. Undergoing a series of 4-5 sessions typically spaced about 6 weeks apart will offer the best long term results. Individual results may vary, and it may take upwards of 3-6 months to see the full benefits of the treatment as collagen regeneration and skin remodeling take time. Fraxel Dual laser treatment is a terrific option for those looking to improve their overall skin texture and tone, requiring very little downtime. The procedure is well tolerated and completed in less than one hour creating results that are both immediate and long term.


Fraxel Dual laser treatment presents an excellent choice for individuals seeking to enhance their skin while minimizing recovery time. This treatment is generally easily tolerated, typically completed in a under an hour, and offers both immediate and lasting outcomes.

Make An Appointment For Fraxel Laser Treatment In Boston On Newbury Street

Dr. William Numa is one of the best facial plastic surgeons in Massachusetts.  Renowned for his seamless integration of exceptional clinical expertise, unparalleled artistic sensibility, and dedication to the well-being and safety of his patients, he has earned widespread recognition in the field of plastic surgery.

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