Are Fraxel Re:pair and Re:store Painful? Which is More Uncomfortable?
Fraxel Repair vs. Fraxel Restore - Pain?
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Fraxel Repair vs. Fraxel Restore and pain
Fraxel Repair hurts much more than REstore. Fraxel Repair is a carbon dioxide laser and Restore, now in the dual, has an erbium 1550nm and a Thulium 1927nm. wavelength both of which are less painful than the Repair. My patients are able to tolerate the Fraxel Restore laser, a series of multiple treatments every few weeks, even with my highest energies, with a numbing cream applied on the face in the office for one hour, or so, prior to the treatment. The Fraxel Restore was made much more comfortable as soon as we combined our Zimmer air cooler which we blew across the skin at the time of the laser. The Reliant company, now Solta, had learned from physicians and now incorporate the same air chiller in their new Fraxel lasers. The Fraxel Repair, although fractional, is still ablative, unlike the fraxel Restore which is non-ablative. Ablative lasers mean that a second degree burn is caused and allowed to heal. Numbing cream, local anesthetic injections, pain killer and sedatives are often prescribed for Fraxel Repair. The healing of Fraxel Repair is also much more involved and prolonged than the Fraxel Restore. Each laser, is however, designed to treat different skin conditions.
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Fraxel Re:store much less painful than Fraxel Re:pai
Both procedures require topical numbing but the fractional CO2 -Fraxel Re:pair - procedure is much more painful. We use oral pain control and mild sedation with shots to face for local numbing as well. After the Fraxel Re:pair, there is a burning sensation for about an hour which is alleviated with ice packs and cold air from the Zimmer but beyond the first hour there is minimal pain.