Fraxel Repair Vs Erbium Yag Laser: Downtime and Results

What is the difference between the Fraxel Repair and the Erbuim Yag Laser in terms of results (mainly for fine lines, texture, pores, and scars) and downtime?

Doctor Answers 2

Fraxel Repair will out perform the Erbium YAG

Hi FairestOfAll

We have the Fraxel Repair and 2 different Erbium YAG lasers. For your concerns, the Fraxel repair will win this battle between the 2 lasers.

The Fraxel repair penetrates much deeper than the Erbium Laser, so this will yield much better results for scarring, lines, texture and pores. Because the Fraxel laser is a fractionated treatment, small, microscopic islands of "unlasered" skin will be left behind after your treatment. This islands speed the healing process and also minimize the risk of infection, pigment changes, and scarring. These side effects would be much more likely with an aggressive erbium treatment. Light erbium treatments can be good for brown spots and as a refresher for your skin, but will do little to address your concerns.

The social downtime with the Fraxel is approx 7-10 days. when used in a fairly aggressive manner, and 7-14 days with the Erbium. We also have a standard CO2 laser and Active FX and I can tell you the Fraxel repair is the workhorse in our practice. For the best results, see a board certified dermatologist/plastic surgeon that specializes in laser procedures and performs the treatment him/herself.

Take care,

Dr. Groff

San Diego Dermatologist
4.8 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Fraxel re:pair verus Erbium Yag Laser for the Treatment of Fine Lines, Texture, Pores, and Scars

Hi Fairest of All,

I fully agree with Dr. Groff, he has answered your question beautifully.  Fraxel re:pair is the treatment of choice for your concerns for fine lines, texture, pores, and scars. 

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Dr. P,  Los Angeles, CA

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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