I just went through my second Fraxel Restore session for my acne scars. I'm after the most optimum results, and when I spoke with the aesthetician, she recommends to have my final round done on a "restricted level" to see the best results. Is this dangerous or should I go for it?
"Restricted Level" for Fraxel Restore?
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Fraxel on restricted settings - No way!
I completely agree with what has been said by Drs. Persky and Groff.
Fraxel laser is an excellent treatment option for acne scarring. I routinely use the Fraxel re:store laser in my practice. I personally perform all the treatments. I believe that this is a very powerful laser and could have significant complications if used in the wrong hands.
The restricted settings are restricted for a reason. One should be extremely cautious before using these settings. It would be an extremely rare situation for me to use a restricted setting.
I am personally against an aesthetician performing a laser procedure. Having said that, an aesthetician who decides to use a restricted setting is, in my opinion, putting a patient at unnecessary risk. It may be better for you to use "normal" settings and do one or two additional treatment sessions.
My advice is to find someone else.
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Fraxel by Aesthetician in the "Restricted" Settings
I agree 100% with Dr. Groff. I certainly would not use any laser in the "restricted" area, all it takes is one burn to ruin someone's life forever. This is not a treatment to be administered by an aesthetician at high levels. The Fraxel re:fine is the "tuned down" version of re:store that has been devised for medispas and salons.
Aesthetician doing Fraxel laser treatment?
First of all, there is no way I would ever allow an aesthetician to perform this treatment on any of my patients. In fact, that would be illegal in most states.
Fraxel restore is a procedure that has many potential complications, especially when used at higher levels. Many of the states that used to allow non-medical personnel to do these treatments are enacting stricter laws because of the number of patient injuries and complications.
This is a procedure that should be done by a physician or under the direct supervision of a physician. If the physician is supervising, it should be a nurse or PA. I personally perform all treatments on my patients and would never delegate laser treatment to any of my staff. Patients deserve this attention and I am happy and proud to deliver it.
I recommend you seek your care elsewhere.
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Aesthetician and Fraxel
. Fraxel ReStore has many parameters that can be adjusted to give you a custom treatment. No two patients are the same. Acne scars generally require the more aggressive treatment settings and multiple treatments (4 to 6 is not unusual). "Restricted Level" refers to very aggressive treatment settings reserved for only the most experienced laser surgeons. An aesthetician would not be the appropriate person to perform such a procedure.
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