FAQs Fraxel® Dual
WHAT IS THE FRAXEL DUAL PROCEDURE?
The Fraxel® Dual laser is a non-ablative laser that is able to address such issues as discoloration, melasma, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and textural irregularities. Multiple treatments allow the patient to obtain significant improvement without the down time associated with laser resurfacing in the past.
HOW MANY FRAXEL PROCEDURES DO I NEED?
For color improvement, we recommend 1-3 treatments spaced no more frequently than 4 weeks apart. For fine lines, textural irregularities and acne scarring, 3-5 treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart are recommended on average. Improvement in discoloration can be seen 3-4 weeks after treatment. Improvement in texture is more gradual and may be best assessed 6 months after the final treatment
HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Light energy that targets water in the skin is delivered in pinpoint beams to the skin. The beams remove extremely small areas of the epidermis and superficial dermis. These small areas of injury heal with increased collagen and remodeling with minimal recuperation time. The entire face is treated in one 30 minute session. The neck, chest, arms and back of the hands may also be treated very safely and effectively. The Fraxel® Dual laser uses two energy wavelengths, 1927nm and 1550 nm. Both of these are safe enough for all skin types. The 1550nm targets deeper skin issues and the 1927nm is used to address issues closer to the skin’s surface.
IS THE FRAXEL DUAL LASER PAINFUL?
There is some warmth and discomfort with each pulse of light. In order to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, we apply a prescription numbing cream in the office seventy-five minutes before your treatment.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS OR SIDE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT?
Redness and swelling after each treatment are expected for 1-3 days. This is often followed by peeling for 5-7 days. Greater swelling occurs in the lower lids when the eye area is treated. More serious side effects are rare, but most can be avoided by proper sun avoidance before and after the procedure and following the post procedure instructions. Possible adverse effects include discoloration (lightening or darkening), prolonged redness, significant swelling and extremely rarely infection or scarring. During the treatment, shields are worn to protect the eyes. You will be given an antiviral medication to take before treatment to prevent the activation of old sores after treatment.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO MAINTAIN MY RESULTS?
The best way to maintain results is to protect the skin from the sun. One or two Fraxel® treatments per year are helpful in some patients to keep brown spots, and fine lines at bay. At home antioxidants, such as Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, may also help maintain the beneficial effects of treatment.