What Makes Fraxel® Better?


Many patients would love to renew the appearance of their skin and erase the evidence of aging, acne and sun damage from their faces. If you look in the mirror and see a tired reflection with more lines and wrinkles than you'd care to, you may not realize how many nonsurgical treatment options are available to help you look younger again. One of the most popular of these is the Fraxel® Dual Laser, which impressively delivers tighter, smoother skin while using a gentler approach and requiring less downtime than traditional laser treatments. That’s not all that makes Fraxel® better, though.

The Fraxel® Difference

Traditional ablative laser resurfacing delivers sweeping, indiscriminate bursts of laser energy to the skin. Essentially, this process destroys the skin in the treatment area, and smoother, younger-looking skin emerges as the skin heals itself. Fraxel® is different because the fractional laser delivers small bursts of laser energy to tiny portions of skin—just those that need to be treated within the target area.

By leaving intermittent sections of untreated skin, the treated areas are able to heal more quickly, resulting in a shorter recovery period. Fraxel® patients are thrilled with the win-win of improved skin tone and texture yet without having to set aside significant time out of their work schedule or personal life for recuperating.

A Customized Approach to Skin Resurfacing

The handheld Fraxel® device has the ability to operate at two different wavelengths to address multiple problems in the skin simultaneously:

  • The 1927 wavelength thulium laser corrects pigmentation issues, such as sun damage and age spots, both of which may be diminished with as little as one to two treatment sessions, although results may vary depending on the level of correction needed and other factors.
  • The 1550 wavelength erbium laser targets deeper layers of the skin to promote new collagen production. By increasing collagen levels, the appearance of wrinkles and even acne scars can typically be reduced. Because scars and wrinkles originate from deeper layers of the skin, several treatment sessions (generally four to six) spaced a few weeks apart are typically needed for the best results.
By using both wavelengths in a single treatment session, your practitioner can take a holistic approaching to resurfacing your skin, addressing a multitude of skin concerns during one office visit.

Improves Overall Skin Tone

Because the Fraxel® Dual Laser can correct so many skin concerns, your skin's overall appearance often dramatically improves in more than one way after treatment. Beyond erasing sun damage and eliminating specific concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, Fraxel® stimulates new collagen production throughout the deeper layers of the skin in the treated area. As collagen levels increase, you’re likely to see the reintroduction of that healthy glow you had when you were younger, and enjoy a smoother, more even skin tone and firmer texture.

While the face is the common area of concern that patients mention when requesting laser skin rejuvenation , Fraxel® can be just as effective in other areas of the body as well. For example, the backs of the hands and the delicate skin on the chest receive an inordinate amount of sun damage but don't always get the same sun protection we provide to our faces. The sun damage to hands and décolletage can really show your age prematurely, but Fraxel® offers a way to refresh and renew uneven skin tone and turn back the hands of time. 
Article by
New York Dermatologist