Why is a Blue Dye Cream Used for Fraxel Laser?

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Blue dye for Fraxel is a thing of the past

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The Fraxel RE:store laser has gone through multiple upgrades via technology improvements. The first generation laser, needed a bluish-green vegetable dye to be applied to the skin as an optical guide for the laser to be able to track the skin's position so the laser's computer could fire correctly. The more recent upgrades have eliminated this older methodology for many years and this has been a very welcomed advance. It use to take at least twenty minutes to wash off the dye and patients left wtih a bluish tinge still on their skin. Now, a cream is applied right after the laser to moisturize the skin and you can leave immediately.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Fraxel does not require blue dye anymore...YEAH

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The original Fraxel lasers used a blue dye for the computer optical tracking scanner. The blue dye was necessary so that the laser would fire making it safer and more accurate. However, the blue dye was rather messy and was difficult to remove. The newer generation Fraxel lasers do NOT require the blue dye but also will not fire unless they are in contact with the skin making them just as safe as the previous models.

John L. Burns Jr., MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Older version of Fraxel

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You may want to look into the new Fraxel systems that do not require this blue tracking gel. Fraxel has been dramatically imporved twice since first being introduced. The new Duel version is excellent.

Mary P. Lupo, MD
New Orleans Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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