Potential Side Effects of Fraxel Restore

Fraxel Restore is a procedure that works in the deepest layers of the skin, while the laser stimulates the production of collagen, tightening the skin and modifying its texture. Compared to other similar skin rejuvenation procedures, Fraxel Restore is safer and presents less down time, however, you should be aware that there are also a few side effects or potential side effects that can occur after the procedure.

Skin Redness

Fraxel Restore is a treatment that will cause redness. In some cases, this redness is not as visible as in others; it may only manifest as a pinkish hue, but for patients with more sensitive skin, the redness may be severe. Make sure you don’t schedule any important meetings or events 2 or 3 days after the procedure. However, you may conceal the redness with makeup, but you should also consider the swelling, which may be difficult to conceal.

Inflammation of Skin

The inflammation of the treated areas occurs as another side effect of Fraxel Restore and is due to the fact that the skin was affected by the laser beams. The swelling will be the worst during the second day and should subside in less than 1 week. Using cool compresses or ice packs can help reduce the swelling.


Blistering does not always occur, but may be a side effect of Fraxel Restore. The blisters will be small and similar to those that occur if you get sun burned. The blisters should go away in 2 or 3 days and are followed by the flaking stage. To diminish the flaking, you can get a moisturizing cream, which you should apply generously on the treated areas twice per day or as needed.

Hyper Pigmentation

Hyper pigmentation can occur as a result of a Fraxel Restore procedure. The skin may look darker or have some darker spots. Typically, this side effect does not last; it should go away in less than 1 month after the treatment is completed.

Skin Scarring

Fraxel Restore is not an aggressive treatment, but scarring may occur if the laser is not adapted to your skin and your skin is more sensitive. Your plastic surgeon will evaluate the quality and the sensitivity of your skin, and apply a treatment that is suitable to prevent scarring or other complications.

Delayed Recovery

In some patients, the healing process can be very slow. If you experience this, you should contact your plastic surgeon and see what can be done to speed up the recovery.

Acne Occurrence

The skin may be stimulated to produce more oil after the Fraxel Restore treatment, so if you are typically prone to acne, this may be activated by the treatment.

The Fraxel Restore is typically administered in several sessions (up to 6), scheduled every 2 to 4 weeks. After each of these sessions, the side effects (i.e. redness, swelling or flaking) should diminish in intensity, and you will get closer to having a younger and finer skin.

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