Pittsburgh Fraxel® Dual Treatments
Because only a fraction of the skin is being treated at a time, those treating the skin have greater control. This enables the laser to get close to areas of the skin that were once difficult to treat, such as wrinkles near the eyes and mouth. The laser can focus on smaller areas, so that way areas that do not need to be treated aren’t treated. Once the treatment is completed the skin will begin to repair itself by creating new collagen on the surface in response to the heat that was applied by the laser. There is minor discomfort and/or pain associated with this type of treatment. Some choose to use a topical pain relieving cream when getting treatment, while others may opt for taking a pain killer. Typically one hour after the treatment all pain is gone and patients will feel heat where treated.
There is some downtime associated with Fraxel® treatments. Downtime after treatment is typically three to five days. During that time the treated skin will become darker and eventually flake off. The skin then appears pink, similar to that of a sunburn. Patients will be advised on how to care for their skin after treatment, including avoiding the sun.
Fraxel® is ideal for those that have a light to olive tone skin and is not recommended for those with darker skin tones.
Fraxel re:pair® SST
Fraxel re:pair® SST is a more abrasive procedure compared to Fraxel® DUAL. Fraxel re:pair® treats more challenging skin conditions such as deeper lines and wrinkles and severe acne scars. It also treats sagging and aging skin. Fraxel re:pair® uses the same technology as Fraxel® DUAL, which is a CO2 laser that targets precise areas of the skin. The energy levels can also be adjusted to tailor individual skin conditions. Downtime is approximately one to three days, which is less than other Fraxel® treatments. This procedure targets older skin cells and leaves the skins protective barrier intact. This is how the downtime is shortened.