Will the fraxel laser fix my under eye wrinkles?
I have some pretty gnarly wrinkles under my eyes. I am 43 years old and have been wanting to look more refreshed for awhile now. Does the fraxel laser help with under eye wrinkles specifically? It is tough to tell online about which issue fraxel laser is the best at.
Thanks for the question. It's a bit hard to tell you anything without photos. Fraxel is best for fine lines, scars and complexion issues, in my opinion. Loose skin is best handled by surgical removal although lasers like Fraxel or a fractionated CO2 may be helpful for the lowermost part of the lower eyelids. If you are interested in learning more, check out our website at http://www.timsayedmd.com. We'd be happy to schedule a consultation with you in the office or via remote video consult tools. If you'd like to send photos for an initial opinion, please feel free.
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Yes, Fraxel lasers are an effective method for stimulating collagen production and can be used under the eyes, although without a photo I can’t determine if laser treatment is the right choice for your under eye wrinkles specifically.
The extent to which Fraxel works will depend on how deep the wrinkles are in the under eye area. While both Fraxel lasers and fractional CO2 lasers are good for acne scars and fine lines, they may not be the most effective treatment option if you have very noticeable under-eye bags. However, even with excessive loose skin under the eyes, Fraxel laser treatment can still be effective on the lower eyelids.
In many cases we combine Fraxel with additional treatments like Thermage, which uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production. In other cases we recommend dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane.
I encourage you to contact a local board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to see what options make the most sense for you.
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The choice of which treatment to use in the under eye area depends on exactly what kind of wrinkling you have. Both Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Repair laser types are effective at stimulating new collagen production, removing the visible signs of sun damage and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Fraxel is an excellent choice in many cases because there is almost no recovery time. After Fraxel treatment, most patients typically have very mild swelling for a couple days -- almost like a sunburn.
But whether Fraxel laser treatment is the right approach for you personally, I can't say for sure without a consultation. In some instances -- particularly in cases where there are deep, heavy wrinkles -- fractional laser treatments may not be the best approach.
Depending on what type of wrinkles you have under your eyes, I might also recommend a hyaluronic acid based dermal filler or Botox treatment to prevent future wrinkles from forming.
For best results, always be sure to contact a board-certified dermatologist.
We use Fraxel a lot for under eye wrinkles in our practice. For even more effective results, we often use TCA chemical peels, but of course the downtime is longer with the latter. Be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon and consider the pros and the cons. Be certain your surgeon is properly certified.