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7 Doctor Answers | Asked by morgan in socal in Laguna Niuel
We have 3 fractional CO2 lasers, one standard CO2 laser and an erbium laser. Theoretical information is great, but look at the before and afters of both the Fraxel repair and profractional and you will see that the Fraxel repair photos are more impressive and require less treatments. In fact, the majority of patients require only one treatment with the Fraxel repair. I have posted photos of patients that I have treated so that you can review for comparison. Whatever you decide,...
Profractional is the trade name for scitons erbium fractional laser. There are many erbium and carbon dioxide fractional systems available. Both erbium and carbon dioxide (CO2) are considered ablative fractional devices - they differ in general by the amount of thermal damage generated. The sciton profractional is a very sophisticated erbium laser that allows the operator to determine the amount of thermal damage and downtime created. See the Sciton website at www.sciton.com for further...
Profractional is Sciton's trade name for a fractional laser. There are many types of C02 fractional laser resurfacing. Some are more effective for certain treatments than profractional, but most are less effective. When deciding on a laser treatment, choose an experienced, reputable, and expert practitioner who can tailor laser or provide a combination of lasers to meet your needs/objectives.
After performing more than 4600 CO2 procedures since 1992, I can catagoricaly state that threre is no contest. Microfractional CO2 laser resurfacing is Superior to All of the Erbium lasers. the reason is simple. CO2 lasers are 10,600 nanometers and Erbium-yag laser are at 2640 nanometers. This higher wavelength produces much more heat in the deep dermis that Erbium can and this deep, higher temperature is what is needed to ensure long lasting (10 years or more) tightening. The...
Hi. Both lasers that you ask about are "minimally invasive". Unfortunately, this sometimes also means they are minimally effective. The results do not compare with ablative erbium laser resurfacing. Ablative laser needs some anesthesia and has a five day recovery, but I think the results are worth it.
Both Profractional and Fractional Repair are good lasers and when used properly by an experienced doctor, both can achieve good results. The MOST important factor in laser resurfacing is not the machine but the experience and skill of your doctor. That said i will tell you that at 2 years, the final results of a properly done Profractional laser resurfacing and a Fraxel repair laser resurfacing are equal. The Profractional is an Erbium laser and generally speaking, Erbium laser resurfacing...
Both of the laser you mention create small dots or mtzs (Micro Thermal Zones) of tissue injury or heating. The MTZ heal from the surrounding injured tissue so that you get a smoother, tighter more uniform appearance of the skin. ProFractional lasers utilize an erbium laser that is very specific for water. With this laser you can remove or vaporize a specific amount of tissue giving your skin a beautiful resurfacing. You can also add heat to the columns of tissue or not depending upon what...