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FRAXEL Laser was the first erbium non-ablative laser developed for the treatment of superficial skin resurfacing. The Fraxel superheats tiny micro columns of skin called Microthermal Treatment Zones.
Whether your problems are sun spots, age spots, rough skin, wrinkles, acne scars or surgical scars, Fraxel offers improvements that previously were only available through more invasive laser procedures which required extensive healing and discomfort.
Photos Courtesy Solta Medical Aesthetics – Single Treatment Thulium
The latest Fraxel Laser system is the Fraxel DUAL, which provides selective treatments for both resurfacing and / or superficial pigmentation. The Fraxel Dual actually is a platform for two separate lasers – the Fraxel Restore Erbium laser, and the new Thulium wavelength for superficial pigmentation.
One major advantage of fractional laser resurfacing is that it can be used not only on the face but on many areas of the body. This state-of-the-art advanced procedure is a "Total Body Laser." We can treat a variety of conditions all over the body to improve skin appearance on chest, arms, hands, upper back and even the legs:
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Fraxel for Acne Scar Reduction
Yes. The Fraxel Lasers have FDA 510(k) clearances for acne scars and surgical scars; skin resurfacing procedures; pigmented lesions such as age spots, sun spots and diffuse pigmentation; melasma; treatment of wrinkles around the eyes; and for other dermatological conditions.
The Fraxel Restore, the original fractional resurfacing laser, uses a “coagulation” process which superheats columns of skin, but does not vaporize them (as is the case with CO2 lasers). Healing is quick since surrounding skin tissue stays completely unaffected.
Studies and practical application indicate that 3 to 5 sessions usually spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart, provide the best response. However, treatment plans can be very flexible and effective, even spaced by weeks if that best meets the needs of our patients. By design, each treatment session targets about 20 to 25% of the skin’s surface, depending on the treatment level selected.
Our new Fraxel Dual is able to speed up the treatment process by up to 25%.
The Fraxel Thulium is a pigment-specific laser which is typically used once, with more difficult cases requiring a 2nd session. The process typically is complete over a 7 day period.
Epidermal pigmentation from sun exposure, epidermal melasma and some levels of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation are ideal problems to be alleviated by the Fraxel Thulium laser. However, certain skin types REQUIRE a preparatory period during which time those patients will use topical pigment suppressors to prevent bounce-back hyperpigmentation.
How your skin type affects treatment protocol. All lasers work by heat and heat has the potential to create an inflammatory process in the skin. Patients with backgrounds which include southern hemisphere countries, Asia and the Middle East all have potential higher risk. For this reason, we require patients with those ethnic skin types to properly prepare their skin. Our medical staff will determine your potential suitability.
All FRAXEL treatments are performed by Dr. Mani or our trained laser staff using topical anesthetics and blocks. There is no need for heavy sedation as the treatment is tolerable and quick.
Photos courtesy of Jay Burns, MD
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To learn more about all that La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic offers its clients, please contact our office today to schedule your first appointment.
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