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The Newest Laser From Fraxel 2 Lasers in One, Non-ablative treatment to reduces fine lines and scars.
Improved Fraxel re:store for wrinkles, scars, strechmarks, pigment – faster, less treatments, less discomfort.
New wavelength added – 1927 nm – for rapid resolution of pigment on any skin type, any part of of the body.
ABLATIVE VS NON-ABLATIVE
Traditionally, two kinds of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Typical ablative treatments, which use a high temperature to vaporize unwanted tissue, can be effective—but with significant side effects and several weeks of recovery time. Non-ablative treatments, meanwhile, have very few side effects and low downtime, but they commonly require numerous treatments to produce more modest results.
Fraxel delivers the potency of ablative treatments with the gentle safety of non-ablative lasers. So you get the best of both worlds: dramatic results and less downtime. The Fraxel family of products has three treatments, all delivering remarkable results safely with fast recovery.
FRAXEL DUAL 1550/1927
Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser treatment is a non-ablative procedure for mild to severe skin damage. It targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 is a relatively easy procedure to recover from. The treated areas are slightly swollen and pink for one to two days. Many patients are able to return to normal activities and work the following day, but I would give yourself 2 to 3 days (treat on Friday, looking good back at work on Monday). It is very important to avoid sun exposure after the treatment, so wear your sun block.
The expected results should be improved tone, texture, and color of your skin with lightening of brown pigmented spots. There is very minimal skin tightening, although the crow’s feet area lateral to the eyes seems to show good improvement. Your overall appearance is fresh, rested, and naturally slightly younger.
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- Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin.
- Improved tone and texture.
- Erasing of unwanted brown spots.
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
- Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars.
What side effects can I expect after a Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment?
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring.
How many treatments are required?
Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart.
How are Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatments performed?
First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 procedure takes 20 to 25 minutes for a full face.
What FDA clearances has Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment received?
- Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Age spots/sunspots (pigmented lesions)
- Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose)
- Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
- Skin resurfacing
WHAT IS DIFFERENT BETWEEN THE NEW FRAXEL RE:STORE DUAL AND THE OLDER FRAXEL RE:STORE?
The Fraxel re:store Dual is a combination of the 1550nm laser which the older re:store had, and the 1927nm laser, which is the only laser with this wavelength. With the older Fraxel re:store, 4 treatments were recommended, now the same correction with the Dual can usually be done in only 3 treatments. The improvements in the 1550nm are:
- Faster Treatment Times – With upgrades in the software, you can cut treatment times by about 25% and have no degredation in effectiveness
- More Comfort – The new handpiece has an integrated Zimmer Cooling Device (cold air) which allows for the skin to be chilled directly where the treatment is occurring.
The 1927nm wavelength allows for:
- Groundbreaking pigment eradication – The 1927 allows for a very superficial resurfacing which can eliminate pigmentation from melasma, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, actinic keratosis safely in all skin types, on all parts of the body.
- Extremely comfortable – very little, if any topical anesthesia is needed for using just the 1927nm laser. This allows for large surface areas to be treated in a single session.
- Superficial resurfacing similar to a superficial CO2 laser resurfacing – without the downtime or wound care. It is partially ablative, partial nonablative.
- When used simultaneously with the 1550nm laser, you get more effective resurfacing – a superficial and deep resurfacing – leading to less treatments for the same results.
- Safe for all skin types and all body surfaces
PLEASE EXPLAIN FURTHER THE FRAXEL DUAL 1550NM NONABLATIVE FRACTIONAL RESURFACING?
Fractional laser resurfacing is treating a fraction of the skin with the laser and leaving the majority of the skin uneffected. Typically about 20-35% of the skin is treated with microthermal zones (MTZ’s). These MTZ’s are columns of tissue heated by the laser that are much less than the diameter of a hair. By only treating a portion of the skin, the downtime and risks are minimized but the treatment depths can actually be higher – leading to more effective treatments. The 1550nm laser is an Erbium laser which is a rather “cold” laser. It causes very little “peripheral” damage when creating MTZ’s, and just heats the tissue. This is nonablative resurfacing. In contrast, the CO2 laser vaporizes tissue (removes tissue) which is ablative resurfacing. Typically, nonablative resurfacing will require multiple treatments, and will have minimal or no downtime.
WHAT CAN THIS LASER DO?
FDA indications include treatment of pigmented lesions, acne scars, melasma, mild to moderate periorbital rhytids (wrinkles), surgical scars and actinic keratosis. Physicians have been using the 1550 nm restore for stretch marks, burns, improvement in pore size with great results. The addition of both wavelengths in a single treatment makes the improvements faster and increases its effectiveness.
FOR PIGMENTATION, SHOULD I DO IPL OR FRAXEL DUAL?
An IPL is limited by the natural pigmentation in the skin. If there is a large difference between the area of pigmentation which one wants to remove and the natural skin color, IPL is effective. However, if the pigmentation is light, or very close to the skin color, an IPL has trouble safely removing the pigment. The Fraxel Dual does not care what skin color you are or what color the pigment is. It works by going down to the layer of skin where the abnormal pigment is, and renews/resurfaces it. An IPL can take up to 4 treatments to remove pigment and the Dual should take 1 or 2.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE?
You will have pinkness and mild swelling for about 3 days. There is no wound care, and no dressing changes. Your skin will feel dry and we recommend a moisturizer such as Cetaphil or Aquaphor. After a few days your skin will bronze and feel rough. It is about to peel at this time, and the peeling will take about 3 days to complete. Your skin will then look very refreshed and pink and will return to its natural color in about 5-7 days.
Treatment Type: No
Treatment Problem or Condition: No
Skin Type: No
Maximum benefit is usually achieved with an average of 3 to 5 treatment sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart.
Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you’re in the sun.
During the first 24 hours after a treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.