What To Know About Fraxel® Laser Treatment
By Lori Skinner, BSN, RNC, ANS
The winter months are the perfect time to rejuvenate your skin. Fraxel® laser can help you achieve the smooth, beautiful complexion you have always wanted. There is nothing else like it. With just a few simple treatments, no sedation or general anesthesia, and minimal downtime, Fraxel® laser is simply the best cosmetic laser skin treatment for rejuvenation and renewal. South Shore Skin Center has the area’s most experienced and trained providers for Fraxel® laser.
What Fraxel® can do for your skin
Fraxel® produces impressive results for patients looking to improve the tone, texture and overall appearance of their skin. Fraxel® treats age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, aging skin, sun damage, and uneven pigmentation. It helps improve the appearance of acne scarring and in some cases, surgical scarring. Fraxel® works by treating a fraction of the skin at a time with microscopic laser columns, which stimulates collagen growth and the body’s natural healing process. The laser treatment signals the body to begin replacing the old damaged skin with a fresh new layer of soft supple skin. Fraxel® can be safely and effectively used on your face, chest, neck, hands, and almost anywhere on the body. Each of our staff of board-certified dermatologists and licensed skincare professionals customize Fraxel® treatments for each individual patient’s needs and cosmetic goals. Fraxel® offers significant cosmetic improvements, with minimal downtime, and provides a superior solution to your complexion concerns.
What to expect with Fraxel® laser procedure
To assure that you are as comfortable as possible, we apply a topical anesthetic to the skin one-hour prior to Fraxel® treatments. The treatment itself is most often described as a heated, snapping feeling on your skin. Our experienced providers will determine the appropriate settings to achieve the best results. The length of treatment will depend on the areas selected for treatment. After the treatment, you will likely feel as though you have sunburn for a few hours, but the feeling subsides quickly and there is no further discomfort. Redness should go away within a few days and the skin may become slightly pink for about four to five days a following your treatment. Your skin will begin its rejuvenation process immediately. As this occurs over the next week, you may notice a bronzing look and slightly rough texture on the skin, this is the result of the surface skin cells beginning to slough off as the newer skin begins to replace it. The entire rejuvenation process lasts 10 days to 2 weeks. Use of a good moisturizer will help diminish the appearance of dry or peeling skin. It is also very important to wear an appropriate sunscreen during the healing process. Our providers will help you select the best sunscreen option. Once the full healing is completed, you will notice a new look and feel to your skin. In short time, your skin will feel softer; appear more even toned and smooth, giving you a more youthful and radiant appearance.
Want to know more about how you can benefit from Fraxel® laser this winter?
Call the experts at South Shore Skin Center’s Medical Spa at 508.747.0711, we will be happy to answer all your questions and help you determine if Fraxel® is right for you. To schedule an appointment click here.
Lori Skinner, BSN, RNC, ANS sees patients exclusively at South Shore Skin Center. She is the first Massachusetts Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist whose primary clinical focus is Botox, Sculptra, fillers and laser treatments. Lori’s experience with lasers to treat brown spots, fine lines, uneven tone and texture, dilated capillaries, leg veins and tattoos is unsurpassed. She also performs XTRAC Excimer laser treatments for patients with vitiligo and psoriasis. Lori holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Curry College and is also a Licensed Esthetician. She is a member of the Dermatology Nurses Association and the American Society of Plastic Surgery Nurses Association. Lori regularly attends national cosmetic conferences. She is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and has received training through workshops and courses conducted by the organization. Lori has received formal Botox and filler training from Aesthetic Advancement with the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine as well as laser training from Dr. Richard Eisen, a nationally recognized expert in laser therapy. In 2011, Professional Biographies recognized Lori with inclusion into their Registry of Professionals, Executives and Entrepreneurs. Her article “Indoor Tanning is Not Pretty” has been published across several platforms.
How to Care for Your Baby’s Skin
By Tivon I. Sidorsky, MD, MBA
Parents often ask me how to best care for their baby’s skin. Here are some of the current recommendations from pediatric dermatologists. These answers are not all inclusive, and are meant to relate to otherwise healthy infants without other known skin conditions.
- Should I bath my newborn? Newborn bathing is important, and can be carried out with no harm to your baby.
- How often should I bath my baby? At least two to three times a week.
- What is the best way to bath my baby? Bathing your newborn in a bath is preferable to just washing with a cloth. A washcloth may be used in the bath to cover or splash water onto your baby’s belly to maintain body heat. Clean the entire body, and don’t forget the skin folds. Your baby may be cleaned with water alone or by adding an appropriately formulated liquid cleanser*. If using a liquid cleanser, read and follow the product instructions.
- What precautions should I take? The bath should be located in a safe place. Never leave your baby alone in the bath, and young children should not be allowed to wash your baby. Keep the water temperature at 98.6°F–99.5°F. Be sure to keep the bath basin as well as any bath mat and bath toys clean to avoid microbial contamination.
- What about after the bath? Use a soft towel and pat dry, then cover up your baby immediately afterward.
- What is the best way to care for my baby’s diaper area? Always keep their diaper area clean and dry. Change their diaper as often as needed to ensure moisture stays away from the skin. The diaper area should be cleaned before bathing, if necessary. Gently clean the diaper area with cotton balls, washcloth/water alone, or specifically formulated wipes*. An emollient or protective ointment can be applied to the diaper area after cleaning/bathing. Any pathologic damage (e.g., fissures or flaking) should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Use of Emollients (Moisturizers):
- How often should I apply emollients? Consider applying a thin layer of an emollient to your baby at least twice weekly. If your baby develops infant acne, emollients should be avoided in these areas until the acne has resolved.
- Which emollients are best? The choice of which emollient to use depends on a number of factors including, but not necessarily limited to the relative humidity and temperature of where you live, seasonal variations, and your baby’s specific skin type. As such, you should consult a medical professional to find out which products may be most appropriate for your baby.
- What about cooking or kitchen oils? Over-the-counter cooking or kitchen oils should not be used on your baby’s delicate skin.
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*Liquid cleansers that are free of known irritants and neutral or mildly acidic (pH 5.5–7.0) or have minimal effect on the baby’s skin surface pH. Wipes should contain pH buffers to maintain slight acidity of the skin and should be free of potential irritants such as alcohol, fragrance, essential oils, soap, and harsh detergents (e.g., sodium lauryl sulfate); they should contain well-tolerated preservatives. There is no comprehensive and universal list of ingredients approved for use on baby skin, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a list of banned substances for use in cosmetic products.”
Tivon I. Sidorsky, MD, MBA is a Board Certified Dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center, whose practice includes medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology. After graduating with honors from Wesleyan University, Dr. Sidorsky received his medical training at Dartmouth Medical School, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society, and was named a Syversten Scholar for his academic excellence, humanitarianism and community service. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He completed his dermatology residency at the University of California-San Francisco. Dr. Sidorsky has published research in clinical dermatology, innovative clinic modeling and infectious disease in leading dermatology/internal medicine journals and dermatology textbooks. Dr. Sidorsky is an active member of AOA, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Massachusetts Academy of Dermatology, and the New England Dermatological Society. He is on staff at South Shore Hospital.
Winter is The Best Time for Laser Hair Removal
Summer clothing reveals more skin areas. Once spring rolls around, summer planning becomes top of mind, and we typically see an increase in requests for laser hair removal. According to our expert estheticians, the best time to consider laser hair removal is during the winter months, and here’s why:
- Laser hair removal requires several treatments to see optimal results. This is because hair has three main growing stages, laser hair removal is performed during the first stage. Optimal results are achieved after 4-6 treatments. Appointments are spaced to allow the hair in each follicle to regrow. Each treatment will decrease hair growth about 20%, so by the time summer arrives you will be ready for those great summer clothes.
- As laser treatments cannot be done on newly tanned skin, the winter usually provides the least likely time for sun-exposed skin.
- Laser treated areas need to stay away from sun exposure to protect the targeted areas from reacting to sunlight. This works best in the winter months, as we all tend to wear more clothing.
Excellent results take time, patience and consistency. Whether you choose underarm, bikini, legs, upper lip or anywhere else, now is the time to consult with one of our estheticians and get started on your path to silky smooth skin.
South Shore Skin Center is the area’s premier dermatology practice. We have the most experience and the latest technology in laser hair removal to provide you with the safest and best results.
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