Is Fraxel re:pair or Fraxel restore dual better for old stretch marks?

I have old stretch marks from pregnancy and already had fraxel restore dual done 3 times. I don't really see any difference after the treatments. I wonder if I should try and do more treatments with fraxel restore dual or would it be more effective to use fraxel repair? Thanks

Doctor Answers 3

Fraxel Dual for Stretch Marks

The Fraxel Dual is an excellent laser.  The stretch marks need to be treated on the 1550 setting and it takes several treatments.  The Fraxel Repair would be too aggressive and is not indicated for stretch marks.  I have had great results with the dual as well as the Ematrix for stretch marks from pregnancy.  Please be certain your dermatologist has a great deal of experience with the Fraxel laser.

New York Dermatologist
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Fraxel re:pair is a much more aggressive treatment with longer healing time and more risk.

Fraxel re:pair Laser is a much more aggressive treatment for stretch marks than the Fraxel  re:store Laser.  Depending on your skin type and healing response, the skin may stay discolored (either red or brown) for months following an effective treatment.  Fraxel re:pair make real laser holes in the skin that need to fill in and heal vs. the Fraxel Dual laser that scrambles the tissue eliciting a healing response and skin tightening, but not actually making real holes in the skin.   There is some risk of scarring when using the Fraxel re:pair laser on areas other than the face. 

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Use Fraxel restore for stretch mark

Fraxel Restore is the laser you want. The dual has two lasers in it. Make sure you're getting the 1550 wave length. It hurts more and you will need topical anesthetic cream. 

Daryl K. Hoffman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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