What Are Good Fraxel Laser Alternatives?

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Active and Deep FX

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Active FX combined with another treatment of Deep FX is the best alternative to Fraxel re:pair laser.

Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Alternatives to Fraxel Laser

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Consider fat injections, a regenerative technique, rather than lasers, an ablation technique.

All skin resurfacing lasers work by vaporizing the top layer of skin, then depending on the body to repair the damage by creating scar.

Fat injections have stem cells. The stem cells help restore all the cellular elements of skin and underlying tissues. They improve the quality of skin, and the results, when properly done are permanent.

Ricardo L. Rodriguez, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 97 reviews

Fraxel is an excellent laser

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I am not sure if you are asking about lasers that are "similar" to the Fraxel or other procedures that you can do instead of laser.  Since you don't mention the condition being treated this is difficult to answer.  The Fraxel laser is an outstanding laser.  There are many "copies" of this fractioniated system being marketed but I have found the Fraxel laser to be superior.  Again, the skill and experience of the physician is extremely important.

Alternatives Depend On What To Address

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The question you ask is quite broad actually. As other physicians have pointed out, Fraxel is the brand name of a several laser technologies. The more applicable question would be 'What are the alternatives to treat (insert your concern here)?'. Alternatives to laser treatments range from skin care to surgery. I would suggest talking with a facial plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or plastic surgeon about your concerns.

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Other lasers are available that are similar- Fraxel is a brand name

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Fraxel is the brand name of a laser that is used in treatments. Additionally, there are different types of Fraxel treatments available, depending on your needs. Theses include erbium-based, Thulium-based and CO2 -based treatments. Other lasers are available without the brand name and perform similarly by using the comparable technology. Thulium-based fraxel is new however with none like it at the moment.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Fraxel alternatives

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Fraxel is the brand name of a device. The technology has been used in other laser devices also that can also "pixilate or fraxilate" the light in different wavelenths (CO2 or Erbium for example). This technology uses the laser devices to poke little holes in the skin, microns apart with small zones of untreated skin. This results in small wounds that heal from the inside out. If you are looking for an ablative procedure similar to Fraxel- this is the technology you are looking for. It is best to discuss what your concerns are with your cosmetic physician to decide what treatment would suit your needs.

Alternative treatments to Fraxel laser depend on what you want to treat

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You need to be a little more specific in your question. What are you treating, why are you thinking about Fraxel, what don't you like about it? Alternatives to Fraxel depend on what you are treating and also at what point you will be satisfied with the results. Are you looking for alternatives because you don't want the expense of Fraxel? Other treatments may give slight improvements over time, but they will be more subtle.

And which type of Fraxel are you referring to? The Fraxel re:store has less downtime and fewer side effects but requires more treatments, while the Fraxel re:pair will give you more noticeable results after just one or two treatments, but has 7-10 days of downtime and some potential long term side effects.

Also, Fraxel is the name of one brand of laser that uses the fractionated technology. There are other brands of lasers that use this technology as well. Depending on your particular goals, you may do well with Fraxel or another laser, too.

Jordana S. Gilman, MD
Washington Dermatologic Surgeon

Fraxel Laser Alternatives

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There are other lasers that work just like the Fraxel laser but without the brand name, including the Pearl, the Profractional and the Lux 1540 laser. Fraxel is a well-known name but there are alternatives that work as well. Unfortunately, there are other lasers that get lumped into the Fraxel group that don’t work as well. In the end, the more important issue isn’t the name of the laser but the qualifications of the physician treating you.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Try Deep FX instead of Fraxel

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There are different types of Fraxel, the most popular are either erbium-based (as in Fraxel Restore) or CO2-based treatments (as in Fraxel Repair and DeepFX), the former requiring more treatment sessions for full results. There are other deep fractional lasers on the market. We have extensive experience with several types of these lasers. I suggest DeepFX (without ActiveFX) as an alternative to Fraxel Repair. The results appear to be equivalent when performed with comparable settings.

Brett S. Kotlus, MD, MS
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 63 reviews

Fractional CO2 Laser may be more effective than Fraxel for Rejuvenation and Acne Scarring

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Given the relatively shallower skin penetration of Fraxel Restore compared to Fractional CO2 Laser, you may need multiple Fraxel treatments before approaching the clinical outcomes of ONE Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing. Even though Fractional CO2 Laser is superior for rejuvenation, reversal of sun damage and acne scar revision, it also has greater risk of post treatment redness or pigmentation in the hands of less experienced laser surgeons who may not have performed adequate number of laser resurfacing of your skin type.

William Ting, MD
Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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