Fraxel is an advanced technology to treat numerous skin concerns such as wrinkles, sun damage, melasma, acne and acne scars as well as surgical scars. Here are some details on the treatment and the science behind it. The field of cutaneous laser surgery has evolved rapidly over the past few decades, powered by technological innovations and a strong demand for new procedures that minimize downtime while providing dramatic results. Fractional laser resurfacing first became commercially available in 2003 and filled the gap between ablative and non-ablative devices. Fraxel® targets water as a chromophore (chromophore is the part of a molecule responsible for its color) but uses an objective lens and adjustable beam to focus the laser beam within the dermis, thus targeting specific depths in the skin, a phenomenon called “fractional photothermolysis” (FP). The interest and need in fractional photothermolysis have exploded over the years addressing peri-ocular rhytides (around the eyes), facial and non-facial like the neck and hands, photo-damage (sun damage), acne scarring and melasma. Given their popular demand in the cosmetic world, fractional lasers continue to grow. Simply put, as you age, your skin’s collagen and elastin break down faster than your body can rebuild them. Whichever our patient’s concerns may be, Dr. Sarmela Sunder guides her patients with care, understanding and expertise in which Fraxel® laser will offer the best results.
Fraxel® Dual – Restore (1927/1550)
1927 – Targets aging and sun-damaged skin
1500 – Targets aging and mild to moderate scars
Ablative procedure using a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to vaporize microscopic columns of tissue deep within the skin. This treatment is a more aggressive procedure and is used to treat the most severe signs of skin damage
Facts about Fraxel®
- “Smart scanning” hand piece ensures consistency and safety
- Fractional lasers penetrate top skin layers
- Fraxel light energy stimulates collagen, and resurfaces the top skin layer
- Your skin’s natural rejuvenation process to smooth out wrinkles and scars by stimulating collagen
- Fraxel treatments usually last between 15-45 minutes
- Most patients see the best results with 1-5 Fraxel treatments
- Fraxel works with your body’s natural skin cells, so results typically take 1-3 weeks to take effect
- Recovery depends on the depth of treatment
- Average cost widely varies
Ask Dr. Sarmela Sunder which Fraxel® treatment is right for you.