Healing Skin on the Inside and Outside

Utilizing two wavelengths, the Fraxel laser is able to both penetrate energy deeply into the skin and deliver superficial improvement for conditions such as sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and much more.

Fraxel Laser Treatment is Great For:

  • Scarring 
  • Pigmentation
  • Uneven tone and texture 
  • Sun damage 
  • Age spots
  • Dull skin 
  •  Fine lines and wrinkles

About Fraxel Laser Treatment

The Fraxel laser is a new approach with many of the benefits of ablative laser skin resurfacing — with virtually little to no downtime. At our medspas in both NYC and Santa Monica, laser skin resurfacing can be done on the face, neck, chest, back, arms, and hands, and is performed right in our office at Grossman Dermatology, led by Dr. Grossman.

Before & After

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How the Treatment Works

The Fraxel laser treatment works by producing thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment in your skin known as “micro thermal zones” so that it can eliminate old epidermal pigmented cells. The laser also penetrates deeply into the dermis.

The skin will then naturally, and vigorously, exfoliate as the reorganized epidermal skin replaces dead tissue.

This fractional treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections.

Fraxel Laser Treatment Details

When arriving to our medspa in NYC or Santa Monica, laser skin resurfacing will begin with your face being cleansed and a topical numbing agent will be applied which will need to stay on your skin for an hour before treatment begins. (You may also require anesthetic injections if your treatment is going to be more aggressive; this will be discussed during your initial consultation.) Once the area has been properly numbed, your specialist will give you protective eyewear and will then begin using the Fraxel laser device to treat the area, passing it over the skin as cold air is blown on the skin to keep you comfortable. The duration of each treatment is approximately half an hour, and patients can expect to see improvement after just one treatment.



Most patients are able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure, although for about 24 hours after a Fraxel laser treatment there may be a tight sensation in the skin, almost a sunburn-like feeling, and some swelling. The skin may also darken temporarily and become crusty, but this is a normal part of the process.

Once it flakes off, glowing skin will be revealed underneath. The skin will be pinkish for 4-7 days, and this is a normal sign that the skin is healing. The skin may also take on a bronze appearance that lasts anywhere from 3-10 days, depending on the treatment area.

The use of a moisturizer and sunscreen will mask the appearance of flaking. It’s important to avoid exercise, hot water, and saunas for 48-72 hours, and only use hydrating skin products — no exfoliants or scrubs. Avoid picking at the skin.


Over the following weeks, the body will repair the deeper tissues that have been affected by the Fraxel laser, producing beneficial changes with a healthy appearance. You’ll begin to feel the difference in your skin as it gradually becomes softer, smoother, and fresher, improving the quality, tone, and texture of the skin. Clinical studies show best effects after 3-5 sessions, 4-8 weeks apart.

Dr. Karyn Grossman, MD

Fraxel Laser Treatment from Grossman Dermatology

If you’re in the Santa Monica or NYC area and you’re interested in Fraxel laser treatment, you’re in the right place. Not only is Fraxel one of our primary services; Dr. Karyn Grossman was also one of the first people in the world to be trained in lasers and has been involved in many groundbreaking laser studies. She is a big advocate of educating her patients on their options and combinations of treatments so that their desired aesthetic goals can be achieved. Her long-established, high-end boutique cosmetic dermatology practice is known for quality, excellence, a high level of customer care, and exceptional results. if you’re considering laser skin resurfacing, we invite you to reach out to us.

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