Does Fraxel Laser Treatment Hurt?

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to take some time to talk to you about my experience with Fraxel Dual laser treatment for a scar on my neck which is from thyroid removal surgery. Back in 2014 my doctor had discovered a lump on the right side of my neck. They were unable to determine exactly what the lump was through ultrasound and biopsy, so ultimately I had to have the right lobe of my thyroid removed surgically. I’m happy to say that the lump was benign, but unfortunately they did find a tiny speck of cancer within that lobe. Lucky for me the treatment for the cancer was the removal of the lobe, no radiation or chemo therapy, yay!

After my surgery I was left with a scar on my neck that was very visible and unsightly.

I just so happen to work with one of the best dermatologists in Minnesota, her name is Dr. Holly Hanson with Associated Skin Care Specialists in Eden Prairie and Maple Grove, Minnesota. Of course Dr. Hanson did not want to look at the scar on my neck every day so she said to me “We need to fraxel that scar immediately.” Guess what! That is exactly what we did. The first treatment that I had with the fraxel laser we did not use any numbing gel and I would say that it felt prickly at first then hot and it burned for maybe a couple hours. It looked red and slightly raised but by the time I went to bed that night it was mildly pink.

The second treatment with the Fraxel laser we did use the numbing gel and I would have to say but it did make it more comfortable but I could still feel the prickliness in the heat. I had a total of three treatments and today people cannot even believe I had a surgical scar on my neck.

The way that the Fraxel laser helps remodel scars is by making tiny microscopic holes into the dermis of the skin and when your skin begins to heal it heals over smoother and helps it to build collagen. If you have any scars and areas that are visible or even if you just don’t like the look of the scar anywhere on your body it would be a good idea to look into the Fraxel laser treatment for them as I would have to say I am very glad that I had mine. One thing to consider is with any scar the earlier you do it the better, if a scar has been present for many years the results will not be as good as if you were able to treat it when the scar is actually developing.

Author
Dr. Holly Hanson Dr. Holly Hanson is a board-certified dermatologist at Associated Skin Care Specialists in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. She has been featured in numerous magazine articles for her expertise in skin cancer and skin disease. She has been named a Twin Cities Top Docs Rising Star by her peers 2 years in a row.

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