Fraxel Laser Resurfacing

Device based treatments for a younger, more rejuvenated appearance

Fraxel® DUAL is a non-ablative fractional laser that is used for skin resurfacing. Fraxel® is used to treat common aesthetic skin concerns such as:

  • Uneven skin tone/pigmentation
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Sun damage
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Stretch marks

Pittsburgh Fraxel® Dual

Fraxel® Laser Resurfacing:

Fraxel® Laser treatment target aging and damaged skin by producing thousands of deep microscopic treatment zones (MTZ’s), and reveal a new layer of glowy, healthy skin. 

Fraxel® refers to a type of fractional laser, and “fractional” refers to the way that for every zone of skin actively treated, there are areas of surrounding skin left untreated. By leaving the surrounding skin intact, the treatment is much more tolerable than traditional full-field (non-fractional) laser treatments. This also allows for a faster recovery. 

At Cosmetic Laser Centers℠, we offer two Fraxel® laser treatments, one of which is fractional and non-ablative (Fraxel® DUAL), and the other is fractional and ablative (Fraxel® re:pair).

Fraxel® DUAL Before and Afters

Fraxel® DUAL 1550nm/1927nm

Previously referred to as Fraxel® re:store, the Fraxel® DUAL offers a non-ablative means of targeting the skin’s surface without creating open wounds

The 1550nm penetrates much deeper into the layers of the skin. It is more appropriate for the treatment of deeper lines and scarring, including acne scars.

The 1927nm penetrates less deeply, focusing more on skin texture, tone and superficial signs of aging and sun damage.

Fraxel® re:pair

Fraxel® re:pair is known to be the most powerful fractional laser and can significantly correct the appearance of aged or damaged skin. This Fraxel® laser treatment uses Fractional Deep Dermal Ablation (FDDA™), a type of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, that penetrates deep into the tissues to treat more severe cases.

Fraxel® Questions & Answers

Q: How does Fraxel® laser resurfacing work?

A: Fraxel® laser resurfacing is designed to treat aging and damaged skin by targeting portions of specific damaged tissue. By creating microscopic treatment columns within the targeted area, Fraxel® laser treatments trigger the body’s natural healing processes and accelerate the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells.

Q: What are the benefits of Fraxel® laser resurfacing?

A: Given the fractional nature of Fraxel® laser treatments, healing time is significantly lessened and “downtime” is minimal — generally less than one week. Some patients return to normal routines, including work and social activities, the day after treatment. Others may require a little more time. No two patients’ experiences will be identical.

Some benefits are seen immediately, while other treatment results are progressive. Shortly after each treatment, you will notice your skin feeling softer and smoother, more even-toned, and more luminescent. However, over 3-6 months post-treatment, you will notice more improvement as the deeper layers of your skin create new collagen.

Q: What are some possible risks associated with Fraxel® laser treatments?

A: Swelling and redness are the most common side effects and mimic those of a sunburn. If swelling does occur, it is usually mild and most noticeable the day after treatment. There is a limited risk of infection or scarring; however, details about all potential adverse events will be discussed with you in more detail at your consultation and when you review your informed consent paperwork prior to treatment.

Q: How Many Fraxel®  laser treatments will I need?

A: Clinical studies and the manufacturer suggest that an effective treatment regime is four to six treatments, spaced approximately 4-6 weeks apart. Some require more or less to achieve their desired result.

Q: Is Fraxel® laser resurfacing painful?

A: There is some discomfort associated with treatment. Some patients liken it to a tattoo or burning and prickling sensation. A topical anesthetic may be applied prior to treatment, and an air cooling device is used to make the treatment tolerable for the patient.

Q: What is Fraxel® laser recovery like?

A: Swelling generally will subside within 2-3 days. Redness also may occur and will typically fade in a few days to one week. Limiting sun exposure and thorough sun protection are a must at all times, but especially after Fraxel® laser resurfacing treatments.

Q: How can I schedule a Fraxel® laser consultation at Cosmetic Laser Centers?

A: You can schedule a consultation online or call one of our two offices with any additional questions you may have. You can reach our Pittsburgh location by calling 412-788-1331 or our Warrendale location by calling 724-305-3890.


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