Fraxel™The Fraxel laser treats the skin with multiple, microscopic bursts of laser energy that is "fractionated" like pixels on a computer screen. These multiple micro-treatments create "microscopic thermal zones" that cause a change in collagen and elastin over time and a series of treatments. It is a very controlled process. With each treatment, there are microscopic islands of untreated skin that allow for a fast healing process. MDLSVI was among the first to begin using the blue-dye Fraxel in 2004. In 2007, we upgraded to the Fraxel SR1500--a major upgrade. No more blue dye,and the treatments are more effective with less discomfort*. Wrinkles, sundamage, scars, and pigmentation can be improved with a series of 4 to 5 treatments spaced a few weeks apart. Besides the face, larger body areas such as the neck, chest, arms and hands can be treated. Redness and peeling usually last 3 to 5 days.
Are all Fraxel treatments the same?
Many patients are confused by the same term "Fraxel" used to describe several devices which have very different downtimes. There are on-line reviews which praise it and others that complain about it. Fraxel has almost become a generic name for fractional laser. The different "Fraxels" and their use are summarized
- Fraxel RePair - CO2 ablative fractional - harshest Fraxel - redness for 2 weeks or longer
- Fraxel ReStore - Erbium nonablative fractional - for wrinkles and scars - much milder
- Fraxel ReStore Dual - Erbium plus Thulium nonablative fractional - best with pigmentation, pre-skin cancer - milder
- Fraxel ReFine - very mild fractional - mostly sold in Asia
Before and Afters
Results may vary for each patient.