Fraxel Laser Resurfacing
Fraxel® DUAL Laser Treatments, the Ultimate Skin Resurfacing Tool
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If you’re suffering from aging or sun-damaged skin, it’s time to consider a Fraxel® DUAL laser procedure. This fractional laser can pinpoint specific problem areas on your face, hands, or decolletage.
What Fraxel® Laser Treatments Can Do For Your Skin
By producing thousands of tiny laser columns that can penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen, Fraxel® laser treatments:
- Resurface damaged skin in specific areas
- Accelerates collagen production
- Stimulate regrowth of healthy skin cells
About Fraxel® DUAL
Fraxel®DUAL is considered to be the ultimate fractional, non-ablative skin resurfacing tool. We use Fraxel® DUAL to target and treat pesky, problematic skin concerns such as:
- Uneven skin tone/pigmentation
- Skin texture concerns
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Age spots / Sun spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
The “fractional” portion of Fraxel® laser treatments refers to the hyper-targeted area of actively treated skin that leaves surrounding skin unaffected. Many patients say the treatment is much more tolerable than traditional full face (non-fractional) laser treatments and down-time is minimal.
Fraxel® DUAL Is Effective
Remember the old adage “out with the old, in with the new?” That’s the science behind Fraxel® laser treatments. This laser readily targets aging and damaged skin by creating thousands of deep microscopic treatment zones. The result is the appearance of a new layer of glowing, healthy skin.
At Cosmetic Laser Centers, we offer two treatment wavelengths; our team will help you determine the right course of treatment.
- The Fraxel® DUAL 1550nm penetrates deep into the layers of the skin. It is appropriate for the treatment of wrinkles, texture issues, and scars.
- The Fraxel® DUAL 1927nm focuses more on the skin’s tone and texture, as well as superficial signs of aging caused by sun damage.
Fraxel® DUAL Before and Afters
Common Fraxel® Questions and Answers
Q: What are the benefits of Fraxel® laser treatments and resurfacing?
A: Fraxel® laser treatments are ideal for those who are over the age of 35 and are eager to improve their skin tone and texture, reduce unwanted fine lines and wrinkles, erase sun and age spots, or improve the appearance of acne and surgical scars.
Downtime is minimal—generally less than one week. Some patients return to their normal routine, including work and social activities, just one day after treatment. Others may require a little more time. No two patients’ experiences will be identical.
Naturally, skin variations can affect treatment outcomes as well as cost. However, Cosmetic Laser Centers℠ staff may also be able to use unique settings on different areas, offering a patchwork treatment for ideal results. 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: Typically, redness and swelling are the most common side effects—similar to those of a mild sunburn. On the off-chance swelling does occur, it’s usually minor and typically only noticeable the day after treatment. Potential adverse reactions will be discussed at your consultation prior to treatment.
Q: How Many Fraxel® laser treatments will I need?
A: The number of laser treatments required can vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the condition and the desired outcome. Clinical studies suggest that an effective laser treatment regime is four to six treatments, spaced approximately four to six weeks apart. Some require more or less to achieve optimal results.
Q: Does Fraxel® laser resurfacing hurt?
A: There can be some occasional discomfort associated with Fraxel® laser treatments. A topical anesthetic will be applied before the treatment to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Additionally, an air-cooling device is used to make the treatment more comfortable. Some patients liken it to getting a tattoo or a prickling sensation. Following the procedure, most patients feel a sensation similar to sunburn, which usually subsides in a couple of days.
Q: What is Fraxel® laser recovery like?
A: Swelling generally will subside within two to three days. It is also common for patients to experience redness, flaking, and peeling following treatment with Fraxel®. Generally, you’ll need to allow up to one week for these signs to resolve. Limiting sun exposure and thorough sun protection are a must at all times, but especially after Fraxel® laser resurfacing treatments.