As with the Fraxel DUAL, Fraxel Re:store creates small “tunnels” to the tissue under the skin, which then triggers a healing process that restores a youthful appearance. The wavelength of the Fraxel Re:store laser is different than other Fraxel lasers, targeting the deeper tissue. This gives us improved of collagen stimulation, rejuvenation of deeper wrinkles, as well as some degree of photoregeneration.
While Fraxel DUAL is a strong tool for repairing photodamage, Fraxel Re:store is a bit more flexible, correcting a wide variety of antiaging issues: laxity, dullness, and fine lines. It can be used to address persistent skin issues on the face, such as scarring, tone and texture, and general pigmentation problems.
During consultation, our physicians will ask you about your heritage and skin history to help us decide which Fraxel treatment is right for you.
What to Expect
Length of Procedure
For a full-face treatment, patients should expect the actual laser time to take 15 to 30 minutes, with an additional 20 minutes of cool-down time.
Patients will see rapid improvement in clarity and pigmentation as the skin begins to heal, without peeling or flaking. Over the course of a few weeks, patients should expect an improvement on all parameters, including acne scars, wrinkles, and fine lines.
There is little to no downtime after treatment, though there is some redness for a few hours afterwards. “The face feels slightly warm after the procedure,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler.
Patients might experience some swelling or redness, similar to a sunburn, but these side effects should subside after a couple of days. If you have any questions about your healing, feel free to contact us with questions.
Number of Treatments
Patients who are looking to reap the benefits of photoregeneration should think about investing in additional appointments. “Only 20% of the surface area is effectively treated with each visit,” says Dr. Wexler. “Several treatments are needed for full effect.”
Our Doctors Say…
“Fractionated resurfacing (such as Fraxel Re:store) involves using a laser to stimulate new collagen and replace old damaged cells. Each treatment takes 15 minutes of actual laser time, leaving the face slightly red for several hours and has no recovery the day after.”
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