Is fractional Co2 better than Fraxel re:store in treating acne scars & large pores?
Fractional Co2 Vs. Fraxel Restore - Which is Better?
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Fractional CO2 laser is an Excellent Resurfacing Modality
Although there are many "brands" of fractionated CO2 laser (eCO2, Deep FX, Fraxel Repair), you would be hard pressed to find any reliable data which showed one laser produced consistently better results. There is no doubt, however, that fractionated CO2 lasers are able to produce more significant results than fractionated erbium lasers (Fraxel Restore). The appropriate resurfacing modality used must be applied to treat the problem at hand. Fractionated erbium lasers can help when the aging or sun related findings are minimal, but are less impressive as the indications are more significant.
Fractional CO2 (Fraxel re:pair) is ablative and more powerful than the non-ablative erbium Fraxel re:store laser. In a 1-3 treatments acne scars are very much improved. Fraxel re:store is good for those patients unable or unwilling to undergo an ablative treatment. Good luck and be well.
Fractional CO2, like DEEP FX is a good choice for acne scarring treatment
There are several different kind of fractional CO2 lasers now. Active/ Deep FX and Fraxel Repair are the ones that are best studied, and also the ones that will probably give you the best result, provided you are a good candidate. Fraxel Restore is not likely to give you much improvement for acne scars or large pores.
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Choosing the Right Fraxel for You
Both Fraxel Re:Pair ablative CO2 laser and Fraxel Re:Store non-ablative laser can do an excellent job in reducing acne scars and tightening pores. Which is best for you will depend partly on the evaluation your board-certified dermatologist makes of your skin and partly on your preferences.
Re:Pair is a more heavy-duty treatment that can resurface your skin in only one session but will have up to two weeks or more of side effects, such as a reddened face and/or dryness. It is usually not appropriate for darker skinned individuals, as it may cause hyper- or hypopigmentation.
Re:Store is gentle enough to resurface even extremely dark skin. It has no real side effects and is sometimes referred to as the “lunchtime laser,” as you can have a treatment during your break and go straight back to work. It takes several sessions to get results that are comparable to one treatment of Re:Pair. Please see a board-certified dermatologist with expertise in laser resurfacing to find out which Fraxel is best for you.
Fraxel For Acne Scars
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