Fraxel CO2 Repair Laser Treatment


Fraxel CO2 Re:pair Laser
The Gold Standard in Fractionalized CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Fraxel CO2 re:pair™ laser is the most advanced laser skin rejuvenation treatment available on the market today. Results of a Fraxel CO2 re:pair treatment approach the tightening and wrinkle removal that can be seen after a facelift, with less risk of complications and downtime than seen with traditional CO2 lasers and facelifts. While patients of any age can benefit from this treatment, patients who get it in their 40’s and 50’s can often prevent the need for a facelift later.

How it works and how it’s different from other lasers
As opposed to traditional CO2 resurfacing lasers which ablate 100% of the skin (vaporize and remove it all at once), leading to extended downtime, wound care and high risk of complications, the Fraxel re:pair Laser is the first CO2 laser to treat the skin fractionally and deeply. The Fraxel re:pair lays down thousands of tiny microscopic wounds in the skin, penetrating much deeper than traditional ablative lasers, but leaving the cells around these tiny wounds untouched. The tissue in each of the microscopic wounds is removed with the use of the CO2 energy. The healthy tissue surrounding the wounds then contracts which leads to immediate tissue tightening. This spared tissue between treatment zones also promotes rapid healing while stimulating collagen production in the deep layers and new epidermal cells in the top layer.

What Fraxel re:pair laser treats

• Wrinkles- mild, moderate and deep
• Skin tone, texture and pore size
• Skin laxity (tightens and smoothes skin)
• Severe sun damage
• Pigmented lesions and skin discoloration
• Acne scars and surgical scars

Comparing Fraxel re:pair with Fraxel re:store and with other Fractionalized CO2 lasers
Both Fraxel lasers utilize the same delivery system (laying down thousands of microscopic spots) however they use different energy sources. The Fraxel re:store is non-ablative (does not remove skin), uses erbium light and requires 3-6 treatments. The advantage of this laser is that it treats most skin types and body parts. It also has only minimal downtime, usually only 1-3 days of swelling and redness. This treatment is best for younger patients, those with only mild wrinkling and for patients who cannot have 3 or more days of down time.

The Fraxel re:pair is a deep dermal ablative modality using CO2 technology that usually only requires a single treatment. It can treat the face and neck on most skin types. The Fraxel re:pair does have more down time than the Fraxel re:store. The Fraxel re:pair is best for patients with severe sun damage, sagging skin, moderate or severe wrinkling and for patients who would like optimal results with only 1 treatment. The advantages of the Fraxel re:pair are:

• immediate tissue tightening
• treats deeper wrinkles
• only 1 treatment is necessary*

While there are many other “fractionalized” CO2 Lasers being used by physicians, there is only one “Fraxel re:pair”, the best, safest and most effective of all lasers of this type. Dr. Klein researched these lasers thoroughly before choosing the Fraxel re:pair. While it was a much more expensive laser to acquire (twice the price of the others), Dr. Klein chose it because she always wants the “best in class” lasers for her patients. Many of these other lasers require many treatments and because they do not penetrate as deeply, do not achieve the degree of improvement that Fraxel re:pair does.

Side effects
There are always risks with any cosmetic procedure. The most common side effects for any ablative laser are loss of color, increase in color, infection and scarring. These risks are very low with Fraxel re:pair, no serious side effects have been reported to our knowledge. Compared with traditional CO2 laser it is much safer with less downtime and side effects.

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Laguna Niguel Dermatologic Surgeon