What can I expect from Fraxel treatment?

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Fraxel and Benefits/Results

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Fraxel is one of my favorite lasers.  Most patients are thrilled because years of sun damage is "erased" from their skin.  It also helps with pores, fine lines, tone, and texture.  Patients who have significant sun damage may need three treatments and touch-up with an Alex laser for especially deep pigmentation.  Fraxel can be used on the face, chest, arms, neck, basically any sun exposed area.  Please consult a board certified physician with expertise with Fraxel for the best cosmetic results.  Best, Dr. Green


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The benefits of fraxel re:pair are so dramatic that it is one of our most popular procedures. Specifically, patients can expect to see softening of deep lines and wrinkles, a significant reduction or elimination of age spots or sun spots, smoother/ even skin tone and a tighter look to the face. Of course, individual results may vary from patient to patient.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews


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Fraxel is a laser skin rejuvenation treatment that resurfaces your outer skin, erasing imperfections. It also encourages the production of collagen, a protein found in connective tissue.The result is clearly visible lines, folds and wrinkles. Fraxel laser skin rejuvenation is a non-invasive technique that affects only about 20 percent of the facial skin exposed to it. The most common side effects of Fraxel laser treatment are swelling and skin redness, which should subside within a couple of days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. The risk of infection or scarring is very limited.

Elliot M. Heller, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 96 reviews

Fraxel is just a brand name - take care in what you are asking for

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Fraxel (fractionated) lasers are distributed by Solta Medical in Australia. There are 3 different types, all delivering fractionated laser light but from different light sources and at different powers. Be aware that the term Fraxel has been "borrowed" by some other companies making fractionated lasers - they are not Fraxel lasers.
"Clear and Brilliant" is a gentle, non-ablative  laser often found in beautician's clinics - it provides a nice, powerful facial with short term effect.
Fraxel Dual, a medical grade laser operates in 2 different wavelengths - 1927nm for overall facial, neck and chest rejuvenation. It lightens pigmentation, improves skin texture and fine wrinkling and may remove some vascular blemishes. A single treatment should show significant improvement. The face is red/bronze after treatment and will peel. Plan on several days out of circulation. The 1550 wavelength is effective on mild acne scarring - also factor some private time after treatment.
Fraxel re:pair is the most powerful family member - it is a fractionated CO2 laser which drills small holes in the skin to stimulate collagen rejuvenation and is excellent on deeper wrinkling and severe sun-damage skin as well as more severe acne scarring. It is  an aggressive ablative laser which requires substantial aftercare with regular cleansing and at least 7-10 days out of circulation. So you've heard the old ad "oils ain't oils"? Well Fraxels ain't Fraxels - you need to seek advice from an experience laser dermatologist who can assist you in choosing the right laser system for your particular problem. 

Phillip Bekhor, MBBS, FACD
Melbourne Dermatologist

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