Over the last decade, numerous “non-ablative” lasers have developed to promote collagen remodeling. These lasers produce a controlled thermal injury to the skin that stimulates your body to produce new collagen. Some of these non-ablative lasers leave your skin intact. These tend to be less effective and cannot address surface issues like pigment or fine wrinkles. Other non-ablative lasers like Fraxel:restore and Dual Treatment Lasers treat both the surface of the skin and promote new collagen growth or remodeling. See our blog on Collagen remodeling and skin tightening Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Tightening
Fraxel:Restore and Dual Treatment resurfacing lasers are slightly stronger than Clear+Brilliant and they penetrate deeper into the skin allowing for more collage production and they specifically target aging and sun-damaged skin.
How Does Fraxel: Restore and Dual Treatments Work?
The Fraxel laser penetrates the thickness of the skin with many microscopic laser beams producing tiny spots or holes in the skin and removing old, damaged skin cells. The body’s natural healing process then comes and replaces these fractional areas with fresh, healthy, new skin. This process is done over and over again as your body tries to heal all these tiny microscopic areas of damage that was created by the Fraxel laser beam.
Who Will Benefit from Fraxel: Restore or Dual Treatments?
There is no age or gender restrictions on the use of Fraxel lasers. Fraxel can be used on Fitzpatrick Skin Pigment Scale 1-4. Very dark ethnic skin needs to avoid Fraxel. Good candidates for Fraxel lasers are people who have sun-damaged skin, aging skin, Crepey Skin, melasma, irregularly pigmented skin, mild to moderate wrinkles and acne scarring. See our blog on sun-damaged skin After-Summer Skin Savers
How Long Does the Treatment Take?
The procedure takes around 90 minutes from the time of numbing the skin to completion of the procedure. You will numb for around 30 minutes and then the procedure itself will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. You may experience some redness and soreness for the first-week post-treatment. There should be no bruising with the procedure. Most people need 4 to 6 treatments spaced around 6 weeks apart to see the results they are wanting.
What Can I Expect For the Results?
You can expect a significant reduction of superficial wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, improved appearance of your skin tone and texture, and unwanted brown and age spots will be erased. In addition, you will see an improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars.