Is Fraxel Repair Less Effective on Male Skin?

I heard an MD on Realself say that Fraxel Repair would be less effective on male skin. Can anybody elaborate on this claim?

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Fraxel Repair is effective on both males and females

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Fraxel Repair is effective on both males and females. Male skin is thicker, allowing it to be treated more aggressively. Additionally, there is often less recovery time.

Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Fraxel re:pair is Effective in Both Male and Female Patients, But There Are Differences

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Hi VN,

Male skin is generally thicker than female skin. Male skin can be treated more aggressively with Fraxel re:pair than female skin. Males seem to heal a little faster than females, many of my male patients are back to work within 5-7 days, granted with some redness which covers up well with particular sun blocks.

I have treated many male and female patients and have not seen a difference in effectiveness between the sexes. Last week, after a post treatment visit from a male patient, my staff commented "Why can't our female patients be as "easy" as the males?" I better get back to reading "Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus" to answer that question.

I would encourage men to investigate Fraxel re:pair, as it is a very effective treatment at taking years off their appearance in a non-surgical procedure. I will have it done on myself as soon as I find a local physician that I trust my face with.

Good luck and be well.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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