Fraxel re:pair® SST
Fraxel® re:pair is a more aggressive type of laser. Is it an ablative type of fractional laser, therefore some post-treatment wound care is required. Often patients require only one session of the re:pair treatment. Fraxel® re:pair may be an option for patients complaining of:
- severe sun damage
- a considerable amount of age spots
- finer lines and wrinkles
Pittsburgh Area Fraxel® Re:Pair Treatments
Fraxel® Laser treatments are designed to target aged and sun-damaged skin by producing thousands of deep microscopic treatment zones or columns. These are called MTZ’s. Fraxel® is a fractional laser used for skin resurfacing. “Fractional” refers to the way that for each MTZ of skin treated, the skin surrounding each MTZ is left spare. In other words, a fraction of the skin (up to 20% approximately) is treated in one session. By leaving the surrounding skin intact the treatment becomes more tolerable than non-fractional lasers, and the recovery is much faster. Dr. Krysinski compares the effect of Fraxel® to that of a lawn aerator punching holes in the lawn 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 the Fraxel® re:pair which is ablative and fractional. We will focus on the Fraxel® re:pair below.
Fraxel Re:pair Before & Afters
Fraxel re:pair® SST
This laser resurfacing treatment is a little more aggressive. Fraxel re:pair® SST is designed to treat significant fine lines & wrinkles, severe skin tone and pigment issues. Fraxel® engineers advanced the application of traditional CO2 ablative lasers and made their laser fractional. Fraxel re:pair® SST targets only a “fraction” of your skin tissue at a time, increasing treatment tolerability and dramatically reducing downtime of traditional ablative laser resurfacing.
The Fraxel re:pair® SST offers a few different treatment modes. At Cosmetic Laser Centers℠, we use the 600 micron FMDA handpiece.
Fraxel Re:pair Questions & Answers
Q: How does Fraxel® re:pair® SST work?
A: This laser uses a patented fractional carbon dioxide laser to penetrate thousands of tiny, microscopic columns of laser energy into the skin. This removes the damaged, old skin cells, but leaves the tissue surrounding each column intact. The laser stimulates your body’s natural healing process and replaces the destructed skin cells with more luminescent, fresh, healthy skin.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: For most people, one treatment provides desirable effects. However, some patients repeat the treatment in 8-12 months. Every patient’s experience will be unique.
Q: What is the downtime like for Fraxel re:pair® SST?
A: Downtime with this laser is a little more significant than that of the DUAL laser. Patients receiving the re:pair treatment will have to practice a strict wound care regimen for the first 3-4 days post treatment. No cosmetics are permitted for about five days. Most patients return to their normal appearance by 5-7 days; however, every individual is different.