Fraxel Re:store or Fraxel Re:pair for Rosacea?
- Asked by anonymous001 in Florida
- 4 years ago
Rosacea and Fraxel
There is no theoretical reason why Fraxel would help Rosacea. Acne Rosacea, consists of red bumps, pustules, increased capillary blood vessel formation in the surface skin and increased oil gland size which can thicken the nose. Not all of these features are seen in all patients with Rosacea. The bumps and pustules might flare with more aggressive laser resurfacing including Fraxel Re:pair and even the non-ablative Fraxel Re:store. The blood vessels do not tend to disappear with either of these lasers and can reform readily if they do. The V-beam 595 nm. laser is more effective to lessen the blood vessels. Rhinophyma, or the thickened oil glands, can lead to large bumps on the nose and thickening of the entire skin of the nose ( the W.C. Fields nose). Possibly Fraxel Re:pair may help shrink this thickening, and even multiple Fraxel Re:store treatments, but flares of Rosacea papules (bumps) and pustules may be induced during the healing.
Fraxel for Rosacea
Both Fraxel Restore (Erbium glass fractionated laser) and Fraxel Repair (fractionated CO2) laser target water in the skin (water is the target chromophore). Because rosacea is a vascular (red) problem, lasers which target blood/hemoglobin usually work better than those that target water. While both the Fraxel Restore and Repair can improve redness in the skin (rosacea), I would suggest going with a laser which will target blood such as a pulsed dye laser or a broad-band light source (IPL or fotofacial device). The vascular lasers generally give a better result if redness in the skin is your primary problem.
How about neither?
If you have a doctor who is pushing this on you, you need to go elsewhere! None of these lasers are effective for this problem and can actually cause damage. It used to be thought that this type of laser treatment might help rosacea. We now know better, but it sounds like you are hearing some bad information.
On the other hand, IPL is fantastic for that and would be a great adjunctive tool to medications if you wished. Good luck!
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Neither Fraxel Restore or Fraxel Repair are my favorite
In my experience these give more consistent results, but remember that rosacea is chronic and nothing will cure it. Only control and remission are reasonable goals.
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