Fraxel® laser treats aging, sun-damaged or scarred skin to improve its tone, texture and radiance without surgery or injections.

How does it work?

During the procedure, the laser treats underlying skin tissue without penetrating the skin surface. This means minimal downtime and less risk for the patient, compared to other options that remove the skin’s outer layers.

Fraxel® uses narrow laser beams to heat the deeper layers of the skin, which in turn stimulates collagen remodeling and growth of new healthy skin cells from the inside out. Because the microscopic laser beams treat fractions of the skin, while leaving surrounding tissue untouched, the treatment promotes rapid healing and a quick return to work and daily activities.

What can I expect?

About an hour before the Fraxel treatment, a topical numbing cream is applied to the treatment area to reduce any discomfort during the treatment. The laser treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes for a full face. Afterwards, patients may feel like they have a sunburn on the treated area. The sensation usually goes away in one to three hours. Going forward, patients should follow the aftercare instructions provided to them. They should be especially careful to avoid direct sun exposure for at least three months, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or more once the skin has healed, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when in the sun.

How many sessions will I need to see results?

On average, a patient may require three to five sessions spaced two to four weeks apart. This regimen facilitates healing and replacement of damaged tissue with new collagen. Optimal improvement is usually seen in two to three months. Results will likely include smoother skin, improved tone and texture, reduced brown spots, fewer lines and wrinkles around the eyes, and diminished acne scars.

Where can I get this treatment?

Board-certified dermatologists offer the Fraxel laser treatment at the UChicago Medicine River East outpatient center. Treatments are not usually covered by insurance and costs vary depending on the patient’s skin condition and desired outcomes.

To schedule a consultation to see if the treatment is right for you, call 1-888-824-0200.

Request an Appointment

The information you provide will enable us to assist you as efficiently as possible. A representative will contact you within one to two business days to help you schedule an appointment.

You can also make an appointment with our providers by:

Scheduling a virtual video visit to see a provider from the comfort of your home

Requesting an online second opinion from our specialists

Filling out an online questionnaire (e-visit) to get a same-day diagnosis and treatment for common conditions.

To speak to someone directly, please call 1-888-824-0200. If you have symptoms of an urgent nature, please call your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.


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Dermatology at UChicago Medicine River East