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Our fractional laser skin resurfacing in Boston is one of the latest generation of advancements in rejuvenating treatments for aging and sun-damaged skin. Originally called Fraxel™, the new idea underlying fractionated laser skin treatments culminated in the development of the

sophisticated Active FX and Deep FX. ActiveFX and DeepFX. These advanced lasers, developed by Lumenis, are considered by many experts to be the leaders in fast-recovery skin rejuvenation.

A Leader in Facial Rejuvenation: Dr. Fechner

When considering any anti-aging treatment, remember that laser treatments are a tool – not magic. Just like a scalpel blade, it is the hands behind the treatment that matter above all. Dr. Fechner is a leading authority in facial rejuvenation, and may advise you to undergo fractional laser treatments as part of your customized anti-aging treatment plan.

What Is Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Fractional laser treatments are one of the latest developments in effectively improving the quality of aging skin. The innovative technology is designed to target only specific areas, leaving the other untreated skin undamaged. This treatment leads to an improved appearance of aged and sun-damaged skin, while triggering the production of new collagen to firm and improve the quality of skin. The face, neck and chest can be effectively treated with our fractional laser skin resurfacing in Worcester.

How does fractional laser resurfacing improve skin?

A laser works by sending a powerful and microscopically thin beam of light energy into the skin. The energy is then preferentially absorbed by the water, which makes up about 80 percent of the damaged skin. Fine layers of surface skin are removed, leaving untreated bridges of skin intact for faster recovery. The aged collagen fibers supporting the skin is remodeled and tightened, producing improvements in the appearance of wrinkles and texture. Through the restructuring process, the skin appears healthier, smoother and softer.

What are the advantages of fractional laser skin resurfacing with ActiveFX And DeepFX?

The revolutionary Encore DeepFX and ActiveFX laser treatments produce dramatic improvements after a single application. ActiveFX and DeepFX are fractional CO2 laser treatments. The downtime is minimal. Because un-treated skin bridges remain, the treatment means rapid healing.

Does ActiveFX And DeepFX Differ from Fraxel laser treatments?

The Encore ActiveFX and DeepFX technology are advanced CO2 laser treatments. Because of their impressive efficacy, CO2 lasers have become the “gold standard” in skin rejuvenation. Unfortunately, conventional CO2 laser treatments commonly had an unacceptably long recovery.

Encore ActiveFX and DeepFX treatments capitalize on the CO2 laser’s results with fractional technology for a more rapid recovery. For conventional Fraxel™ treatments about 4 treatments are recommended for a reasonable result. In contrast, Encore ActiveFX and DeepFX will deliver significant improvements after just one treatment session.

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What is the UltraPulse ActiveFX treatment?

Encore ActiveFX is a single treatment solution for aging and sun-damaged skin. It is optimally used for people who cannot afford a long recovery but still want improvements of dyschromias (age spots), fine lines, and wrinkles. The superficial ActiveFX treatment uses fractional laser beams to treat the skin surface leaving bridges of untreated skin for a rapid recovery.

During the treatment, loose collagen fibers contract, softening wrinkles and lines and improving skin texture. Patients can return to their professional and private lives much faster than with older generation laser treatments. Initially, you may feel like you are sunburned; after two days, the treated skin flakes off. Depending on your skin type and extent of treatment, you may be able to wear make-up to hide the remaining pinkness of your skin.

What Is DeepFX?

As the name implies, DeepFX produces changes of the skin that deeper within the surface. Deep FX uses fractional CO2 laser treatments to improve the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, texture irregularities and scarring. The process tightens aging collagen strands and triggers the body to produce more fresh strands.

While effective, conventional treatments required a lengthy recovery (old CO2 lasers or deep facial peels) or multiple treatments (conventional Fraxel™). Deep dermal skin layers are treated by laser micro-beams precisely targeting the skin’s collagen layers. Immediate collagen tightening leads to long-term collagen remodeling. The remodeling takes some time to mature, and improvements continue in the months ahead.

What Is TotalFX?

Most patients will come to us with a combination of sun dyschromias, lines, wrinkles and some scarring. TotalFX allows the laser surgeon to address all these issues in one treatment. Usually, DeepFX is performed first, followed immediately by ActiveFX for more complete skin rejuvenation. The recovery time is shorter than traditional skin rejuvenation laser treatments. The treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Although not required, Dr. Fechner may advise a light sedative when you arrive for your appointment, for your comfort. A topical anesthetic cream is applied and allowed to penetrate for maximal comfort. The TotalFX treatment is performed first, centered upon the appropriate visible wrinkles and scars (such as acne scars). ActiveFX follows to ensure balanced and more complete skin rejuvenation.

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* Results may vary by individual.


Dr. Frank Fechner

428 Shrewsbury Street,Worcester, MA 01604

Fax: (508) 754-4222 Tel: 508-306-8363

428 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604


On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.



As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.

  • Our accredited practice is exclusively reserved for our patients and staff.
  • Our facility is in a single, free standing building only occupied by our practice. This allows us to limit foot traffic to our patients and staff only.
  • Our staff work only at our facility and all travel in private transport. All of us are otherwise self-isolating at home.
  • We closely monitor our staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily.
  • We sterilize all our instruments in house further reducing potential exposure.
  • We have PPE to meet our needs.
  • All our staff members will be using appropriate PPE including N95 masks and protective facei shields, goggles and head coverings.
  • We have purchased and installed air scrubbers throughout the facility to clean the air while the practice is open to patients.
  • We have purchased and installed ozone generators designed to sanitize the air in the facility at the end of each day.
  • We have purchased and installed touchless hand sanitizer units throughout the building.
  • We have purchased and installed plexi-glass protective shields in the reception area to provide a protective barrier for staff and patients.
  • Our staff continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines within our facility.
  • We have implemented a stringent survey and testing protocol for staff and patients.
  • We have implemented a virtual check in/ check out process for our patients.
  • We have ensured that there is minimum interaction of patients with other people while in the office.
  • We will continue to offer virtual consults and virtual follow up visits.
  • We provide you with a touchless payment system.

The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.



Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).



  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred appointment date and time, but we very much appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time.
  • When booking your appointment, we will ask for your payment information to be securely stored in our payment system. The card you provide will be the card used to pay for your services. This will allow for a touchless checkout.
  • Required forms and documents will be sent to you electronically two days prior to your scheduled appointment via our new patient app, Touch MD. Touch MD will allow you to receive, review and sign documents directly from your personal cell phone.
  • One hour prior to your appointment, we will send you the Covid-19 Wellness Screening document to be completed via Touch MD. This must be completed prior to entering the building.



  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you park and remain in your car. Please send us a text message or call to let us know that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • When your provider is ready for your treatment, she will call or text you to let you know you may proceed to our vestibule.
  • Please leave your coat and personal belongings in your car.
  • Please do not bring along family or friends, unless you require physical assistance. They will not be allowed entry to the building.
  • Please wear your mask prior to entering the building and throughout your appointment. Should your mask need to be removed for treatment, your provider will let you know when to safely remove it.
  • Your provider will greet you at the door and will take a no contact temperature reading. *Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the building and their appointment will be rescheduled a minimum of 14 days later.
  • You will be escorted immediately to a treatment room. Our waiting room will not be open during this time.
  • After your procedure or treatment the provider will collect payment via our secure payment system with the information you provided at booking.
  • Your provider will book a virtual follow up appointment with you, if necessary, and will escort you to the exit.


We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!

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