Why is Fraxel Laser Treatment Better Than Traditional Laser Treatment for Asian People?

Will fraxel be significantly more expensive than traditional laser treatments? What is the cost difference?

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Fraxel treatment for Asian skin

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This is a great and important question!  Darker skin types such as Asian, Hispanic and African require caution when it comes to laser treatments.  Aggressive and older non-fractionated systems can risk skin darkening as part of the healing process. The advantage of  fractional technology in the Fraxel laser is that it is much less likely to cause hyperpigmentation, scarring or infection!

Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon

Fraxel laser treatment and Asian skin

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Because Asian patients naturally have more melanin in their skin, one of the main possible side effects with laser treatment is termed post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).  In other words, your natural pigmentation is more likely to darken in response to inflammation.  Because many of the older, traditional laser systems such as the ablative carbon dioxide laser completely remove the surface layer of skin, PIH occurred more commonly.  Now with the development of the fractional systems such as Fraxel, more of the patients own natural skin is preserved reducing the chance of PIH, although it can still occur, but with less frequency.

Pricing will vary depending on the laser procedure, condition, and area(s) to be treated.

Lori Stetler, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

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