What Accounts for the Dramatic Difference in Results of Fraxel Restore?

It seems there are a lot of conflicting reviews of the Fraxel procedure. Some range from good results to no results to damaged skin. Can the range of results be attributed to the diverse skills of the operators performing the procedure or is it due to the nature of procedure itself or the patient's individual skin reaction to the procedure or different types of machines?

Doctor Answers 3

Fraxel variability

There are many different reports on the internet about Fraxel and its outcome. Realize that many reports do not mention if it was Fraxel Restore or Fraxel Repair. They are "night and day". Secondly, there is a significant variability as to the energy settings that doctors use based on their experience, and a different approach to the skin type and skin condition that a patient has. Lastly, there is a variability between patient and patient that I see in my patients and settings do have to be different at times.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Fraxel Restore is terrific but...

Fraxel Restore is great and it works very well. We have seen varying results by other doctors but in our practice the results have been pleasing, long lasting and very satisfying

That being stated, the new Fraxel Dual which combines the 1550 wavelength of the restore with 1927 for more direct treatment of the superficial aging changes has taken the results to even a higher level- think two laser treatments for the price of one!

So if you have the choice choose the dual wavelength technology

Hope this helps

J. Timothy Heffernan, MD
Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Results from fraxelated laser treatments depend on several things

In general, results from fraxelated laser treatments depend on the type of laser used, the patient’s type of skin, and how aggressive the doctor wants to be with the treatments. It’s very important for the patient and the doctor to have the same expectations. For example, how much downtime the patient can tolerate will determine how many treatments they will need to get the result they desire. If the patient doesn’t mind being more red for a longer amount of time, they will often get a tighter and more robust result.

Joseph A. Eviatar, MD, FACS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 66 reviews

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