What is the difference between Fraxel Dual & Fraxel Restore? What is best to minimize fine lines, pores, blood vessels by nose?

What is the difference between Fraxel Dual & Fraxil Restore? What is best to minimize fine lines, texture, pores, small blood vessels around the nose area. thanks

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The best lasers to treat lines, wrinkles, blood vessels

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Fraxel Restore Dual is two lasers in one: an erbium laser which can treat fine lines, skin texture, acne scars, and more, and a thulium laser which can treat brown spots and skin pigmentation very well. For broken blood vessels, a better option would most likely be IPL (intense pulsed light) or V-beam (a pulsed dye laser). The best thing to do would be to visit a board-certified dermatologist for an in-person consultation, during which they can evaluate your skin and come up with a custom treatment plan that addresses all of your concerns. We offer over 40 lasers at my practice in San Diego in order to ensure that each patient can receive a customized treatment plan that will work best for their individual skin needs. 

San Diego Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 51 reviews

Fraxel Dual offers great flexibility in treating skin imperfections.

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Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Dual both have a laser which produces what we call 1550 light.  It is a moderate laser in that healing is a few days and there are few side effects.  It is great for fine lines, pigment, pores, acne scars, texture and photo damage.  Fraxel Dual has a second laser built in which produces 1927 light.  This laser excels at reduction of surface pigment such as age spots.  It is also FDA approved for reduction of precancers.  The Fraxel Dual gives the physician the option of using 1550 or 1927 or a combination of the two for the best result for the individual patient. Flexibility in the choice of lasers, energy and treatment levels allows customizing.  I favor the Fraxel Dual for that reason.

Susan Van Dyke, MD
Paradise Valley Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Fraxel re:store originally had only the 1550 wavelength. Fraxel Dual has 1550 and 1927nm wavelengths for texture and pigment.

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The Fraxel DualLlaser represents a major advance over original Fraxel re:store
laser that had only the 1550nm wavelength of light that is mainly used for improving scars,  fine wrinkles and skin texture.  With the addition of the 1972 wavelength the Fraxel Dual the laser can achieve greater improvement in pigment, wrinkles and texture.  In our clinic, we have 2 Fraxel Dual Lasers and find them to be excellent for the 30 to 60 year old patient with mild wrinkles, blotchy pigment, uneven texture and mild precancerous spots.  One aggressive treatment with this laser will improve the skin dramatically for 2 to 3 years when maintained with good skin care products and sun protection.

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

Fraxel Dual vs Restore

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A Fraxel Dual treatment simply means the provider is using two separate lasers - a 1927 wavelength (also known as Thulium) and a 1550 wavelength (know as a Restore). In the case of a "Restore" the physician is only using the 1550 laser. They do different things, with the 1927 doing more for sun damage and the 1550 being better for scars and texture. Neither works on the blood vessels - try a V-beam PDL. Good luck, Dr. M

Jared Mallalieu, DO
Annapolis General Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 8 reviews

Other Treatments for Blood Vessels

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That's a good question.Fraxel DUAL and Fraxel re:store are very similar treatments. DUAL uses 2 distinct wavelengths to treat more skin concerns in one session, hence its name. However, neither option is appropriate for treating blood vessels and other vascular lesions — the types of irregularities that are responsible for red or purple discolorations. For these, I recommend intense pulsed light, or IPL. Keep in mind that it's always best to consult with a board-certified dermatologist in person before moving forward with any laser treatment. Best of luck!

Susan M. Stuart, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

Fraxel DUAL / Restore

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The fraxel dual/restore are the same thing , they are nonablative erbium/thulium lasers.  the repair is co2 laser and is ablative.  I suggest you speak to your physician if you are considering either to determine what is best.  Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews

Fraxel Dual and V-Beam

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The best way to treat both is through a combination of Fraxel Dual at the 1927 setting for hyperpigmentation and the V-Beam laser for redness and to treat blood vessels.  Best, Dr. Green

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