The Fraxel DUAL laser uses fractional photothermolysis to rejuvenate aging and damaged skin. “It makes microscopic tunnels in the skin to create new collagen,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler. “If you have it done enough times, all of your old skin is replaced.” By creating small “tunnels” in the tissue under the skin, the Fraxel laser triggers a healing process that restores your youthful appearance, minimizing sun damage and hyperpigmentation.
The patients that can most benefit from the Fraxel DUAL have moderate to severe discoloration and have not seen results from other treatments. Dr. Kenneth Howe says that fractional lasers “do a good job of correcting most aspects of sun damage: freckling, blotchiness, and rough texture.” As a nonablative laser, our patients will see significant skin improvements with little of the downtime associated with ablative treatments.
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
When using the Fraxel DUAL on the whole face, the laser portion of the procedure lasts about 12 to 15 minutes.
Immediately afterwards, your face will look red, as if you have a mild sunburn. Within the next few days, your skin will appear darker as pigment moves to the surface and begins to flake off. After a week, your skin will have a more even tone, and it will being to look younger and brighter within 2 to 3 weeks. Your skin might feel a bit hot during the procedure, but with a topical anesthetic most patients feel only slight discomfort.
It’s usual to experience some swelling and redness following the Fraxel DUAL, both of which should pass within 1 to 3 days. Post-treatment, it’s important to use sunscreen (SPF 50) and avoid tanning to prevent burns and/or rebound pigmentation.
Number of Treatments
Major improvements to pigmentation can be seen after 1 treatment. For the additional antiaging benefits of the laser, we recommend an average of 2 to 3 sessions, with a recovery window of 6 to 8 weeks between sessions.
Our Doctors Say…
“For photodamage, I resurface with a Fraxel DUAL laser. It makes microscopic tunnels in the skin to create new collagen, and over time, can replace damaged skin with new, healthy cells.”
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