Device Based Treatments
Fraxel® DUAL is a non-ablative fractional laser. It 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 treatments are designed to target aging and damaged skin by producing thousands of deep microscopic treatment zones (MTZ’s). Fraxel® is a type of fractional laser. “Fractional” refers to the way that for every zone of skin actively treated, there are areas of surrounding skin left untreated. In other words, a fraction of the skin (up 20% generally) is treated in one session. 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. Dr. Krysinski relates the effect of Fraxel® on skin to that of a lawn aerator punching holes in the grass to promote new, healthy growth.
At Cosmetic Laser Centers℠, we offer two Fraxel® lasers, 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, as well its deeper layers. It has two treatment modes or wavelengths.
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 DUAL Questions & Answers
Q: How does Fraxel® DUAL work?
A: Fraxel® DUAL 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® 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® DUAL?
A: Since Fraxel® DUAL mixes some of the impact of ablative lasers with the more gentle benefits of non-ablative lasers, healing time is significantly lessened. “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® DUAL 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. Swelling generally will subside within 2-3 days. Redness also may occur and will typically fade in a few days to one week. 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® DUAL 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: Are Fraxel® DUAL treatments 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.