What does Fraxel Laser Do?
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What does Fraxel Laser do?
Fraxel laser is my absolute favorite laser. Fraxel Dual is uniquely designed with two wavelengths. It is far superior to the IPL laser for removing sun damage and dark spots. The Fraxel 1927 wavelength is an amazing laser for treating pigmentation in a very gentle way with minimal down time. Fraxel also has another laser called the Clear and Brilliant Laser which is like a "mini-Fraxel". This laser has a special hand piece called the Permea which also removes pigmentation without any down time. Please consult a board certified dermatologist with experience with lasers and Fraxel for the best cosmetic results.
If you wanted a fresher glow I would recommend Fraxel Dual. The Fraxel Dual machine houses a 1550 wavelength and a 1927 wavelength. The 1550 wavelength penetrates deep into the skin layers specifically targeting concerns such as wrinkles or acne scars. The 1927 wavelength effectively targets tone, texture, superficial signs of aging, actinic keratosis and pigmentation.
When receiving a treatment using this machine you can receive a 1550, 1927 or both during your treatment. The wavelength used is dependent on your skin and what improvement it needs.
Immediately after treatment you may have some redness and swelling that can last a day or two. The sensation post procedure is similar to the heat from a sunburn. The skin also gets dry and rough similar to sand paper and the skin can appear darker as it is going through this process.
The dry rough skin will flake off, usually about 3-5 day post procedure. During this time you can continue your daily activities and apply make-up if you would like. Many of my patients come in on a Friday and are back at work by Monday. Fraxel is the most popular laser in my office.
It is best to consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see what treatment is appropriate for your skin type.
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Fraxel laser can reduce photo damage, brown spots, freckles and sunspots
The Permea laser can gently treat post inflammatory hyper pigmentation and melasma in some patients. Fraxel Dual 1927nm. component of the Fraxel Dual laser, specifically targets the pigment layer of the skin. Fraxel Restore can also reduce pigment spots, as can Fraxel Repair carbon dioxide laser. All of these lasers will make it look worse before better. The Clear&Brilliant Permea is the least obviously affected, but brown flaking dots do occur in the Permea and Restore.
The Clarisonic Brush helps clear the skin of the brown flakes starting at the fourth day typically. Moisuturizer and sunscreen is important.
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