With the glitz and glam of Beverly Hills, our team wanted to learn more about the skincare, health and wellness industry. With the pizzaz of Hollywood, I sought the expertise of Dr. Kimberly Lee, to understand more about the craze behind Fraxel treatments. With her raving online reviews, we knew she would steer us in the right direction and give us insight into the industry as a whole and what it’s like to experience a Fraxel treatment.
I got my very first Fraxel treatment and I have to admit, I was really nervous going in. I read reviews about the treatment and was anxious about the pain. With a very active social and work life, my other concern was how I would look post-treatment and how long it would take for my skin to heal and look “normal” again.
Fraxel is generally done in a series. You do multiple treatments for maximum results with some people getting it done as frequently as 1-1.5 months. The optimal time post-Fraxel treatment varies on the type of Fraxel performed. Superficial treatments usually lead to noticeable results in the first few weeks, while deep treatments require multiple treatments before any improvement is visible. After treatment number one, it minimized my pores, which was my biggest concern. My face has less scarring and my skin has a more even tone. Only four days after Fraxel, I hopped on a plane to attend a charity gala in San Francisco. The redness was minimal and I didn’t even have to apply foundation. I just had the moisturizer I bought from Dr. Lee and her own sunblock with a tint which, covered up the redness. In fact, I was complimented on my skin. That does not usually happen to me. My business partners and strangers were telling me that I was glowing. I’m confident that with more Fraxel treatments, my skin will only get better.
My feelings toward Fraxel treatments changed after meeting with Dr. Kimberly Lee in Beverly Hills, CA. I was greeted by the kindest staff. They made sure I was comfortable and answered all of my questions before the doctor greeted me.
For over a decade, I suffered from large pores, uneven skin tone, acne scarring, and sunspots. I’d wear make-up before to leaving my house because I didn’t feel comfortable in my own skin. Speaking to Dr. Lee, she understood my concerns and consulted me on what was best for my skin.
My favorite part of the treatment was when they put on the numbing cream, which immediately nixed any pain during the laser treatment. I hardly experienced any discomfort and it created a tingly sensation. I didn’t feel a thing when Dr. Lee went over a few places on my face with a laser, I thought getting a Fraxel treatment would be more painful that I even contemplated getting it done. Fortunately, Dr. Lee knows exactly what she’s doing.
The way Dr. Lee does her Fraxel treatments is different from anyone else because they take advantage of the microchannels that are created during the Fraxel treatment. She applies a collagen-stimulating agent that helps create a more youthful appearance, including infusions of super serums and antioxidants to cut down on redness, enhance recovery time, and rejuvenate the skin.
She has impeccable reviews and has won the most compassionate doctor of the year multiple times over. After getting one treatment with her, it was easy to understand why. While I was healing post-treatment, I actually reached out to her office multiple times. Since I never had a Fraxel treatment, I was scared during the post-treatment process, where I eventually found out that my healing process was completely normal. Not once did Dr. Lee or her staff make me feel like I was over-reacting or asking too many questions. It was quite the contrary. Her team gave me the best post-treatment service I’ve ever had which is one of the reasons why I want to go back. They gave me one of the biggest hopes a patient could ask for – ease of mind.
During the healing process for any laser treatment, avoid the sun as much as you can and heavily moisturize without clogging the pores. Your skin will peel (known as sloughing) and during that period, do not pick at the skin and prematurely peel it. My discomfort went away in less than 24 hours. I experienced mild itchiness on day 2, which meant my skin was healing. By the 4th day, I was mingling at a social event. Be aware that post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is a potential complication with Fraxel so it’s important that the person performing the treatment has experience performing the treatment for all different skin types.
After two weeks post-treatment, I applied make up for the first time. Foundation went on smoothly. I used to put it on to make sure I was covering up. Now, I walk out the door hardly putting makeup on at all. I still use the moisturizer and Dr. Kimberly Lee’s sunblock.
Part of why Dr. Kimberly Lee’s office is so unique is because they try out the products and the services they provide themselves. She makes sure any issues or complications are ironed out before introducing anything new to patients.
She is one of the few female plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills with female facial plastic surgeons only making up 15% in general. She has an extensive background graduating from Stanford University and Stanford University School of Medicine before doing her residency in Head and Neck Surgery at UCLA and serving as chief resident. She completed her fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Beverly Hills and is on staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Clinical Faculty at UCLA. She is Board-certified and specializes in the facial treatments. All a while, she’s accomplished so much and looks so young.
Other great services Dr. Lee provides are Botox and Dysport, facial fillers, and injectables to help rejuvenate the face as she’s a trainer for other physicians when performing these procedures. She’s also one of the best and most sought-after facial plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills. Another one worth reviewing is her Revision Rhinoplasty. Not only does Dr. Lee ensure that the nose looks great, but also focuses on its functions. She offers the most cutting-edge and advanced treatment options including a 3-dimensional computer imaging to help patients visualize what they may look like afterward. She provides Buccal Fat Removal and Jaw Surgery to tighten sagging skin with the latest technology.
My overall experience with Fraxel has been positive. With Dr. Lee’s expertise, friendly staff, advanced technology, and her outstanding postoperative care, you can tell she truly cares about every single one of her patients. She loves seeing her client’s inner self-confidence blossom through external rejuvenation. Getting any treatment or procedure done to the face can be nerve-racking. You would want to go to someone you trust and it can be difficult trying to find that person. Dr. Kimberly Lee is reliable, experienced and overall top-selection for facial treatments.
Images courtesy of Dr. Kimberly Lee.