are not Co2 lasers, it sounds like you might have had the Fraxel Restore for
your acne scar treatments. Fraxel Repair is stronger than Fraxel Restore and is
a Co2 laser.
Repair is an ablative Co2 laser, which means the laser will cause a wound.
There is generally redness, oozing, swelling and scabbing immediately post
Fraxel Co2. In my office I let my patients know that they can have major
downtime for 5-10 days post Fraxel Repair.
Restore is an excellent choice for acne scars but you will need multiple
treatments for best results. The Restore also has many energy levels, it may be
possible to do stronger Restore treatments.
It is important to consult
with a Board Certified Dermatologist with plenty of experience using the Fraxel
Restore and Repair to see which treatments is most appropriate for you scars
and skin type.
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In my hands the best treatment for acne scars includes tumescent anesthesia, extensive subcision and Fraxel Repair Laser. Our average improvement in 114 cases in a single treatment is 72%. I have been treating acne scars for over 20 years and this method far exceeds anything else I have every used.
Not all "fraxel" treatments are the same. The Fraxal DUAL (re:store) requires multiple treatments (because it is non-ablative) depending on the type of scarring you have. You look like you had a sunburn after each treatments. Swelling is common, but there is little downtime. Some acne scars do not respond to this laser treatment, despite what some dermatologists will tell you or have you believe. The Fraxel re:pair is a co2 laser and can be used for more aggressive resurfacing, but the results will be dependent on the operator/physician and what type of scarring you have. Treating acne scars is an art. They often require a multitude of treatments including small surgeries followed by multiple laser treatments. Co2 is the gold standard for acne scarring, but often im doing subcision, grafting, fillers ect to give an even better improvement. Further, different companies making different types of co2 lasers. After using many of them, I still firmly believe that it is the experience of the doctor and how aggressive he choses to treat you, that gives the ultimate results. Postoperative skin care is essential. I will be starting practice in LA mid-august and would love to see you for a consult.