In the past, if you wanted to dramatically improve the appearance of sun damage and wrinkles, or improve acne scars, it meant hiding from the world for several weeks while recovering from ablative resurfacing procedures. Non-invasive lasers, while very safe and convenient, require numerous treatments and often do not yield as dramatic results in skin texture and wrinkling. Fraxel – fractional laser treatments – are treatments that offer the convenience of non-ablative procedures with minimal downtime, but better, more consistent results. Refer to the chart at the end for an overall comparison of skin rejuvenation lasers. Let’s discuss fractional skin rejuvenation further:

 What is Fraxel? Fraxel laser treatments utilize a novel method of skin rejuvenation called fractional photothermolysis (FP) that rejuvenates skin by creating microthermal injury zones (MTZ) via laser impacts that are applied in a computer controlled, geometric pattern. The word fractional refers to the fact that only a fraction of the skin receives a laser impact with each treatment – typically 12 – 20% of the skin is affected by the laser. This leaves normal skin surrounding each micro-wound to renew and repair the laser-impacted skin. Because only small microscopic areas of the skin are impacted each treatment session, you may return to normal activities with minimal side effects.

 Collagen stimulation is the key: Collagen is the major protein in our skin and makes up our skin’s structural support. Over the age of 30-35 our skin no longer produces collagen without an outside stimulus, thus laser stimulation is an important tool to maintain our skin’s collagen.

                                                                        

This fractional wounding of the skin stimulates collagen production and skin renewal. It is the collagen production that improves wrinkles and texture and helps reverse the signs of aging. Additionally, the healing of the MTZs leads to removal of pigment that has accumulated in the skin leading to improvements in melasma and brown spots and freckles.

Fraxel Laser Family:

 

Charlotte Skin & Laser offers all types of Fraxel non-ablative lasers allowing choice and flexibility in your rejuvenation plan. Fraxel Re:pair is ablative and is reviewed elsewhere on our website.

Fraxel Clear and Brilliant (1440nm)

  • Lighter fractional treatment to improve fine lines, texture and tone
  • Perfect for busy lifestyles that cannot have downtime

Fraxel Dual (1927nm)

  • Best for discoloration, melasma, light rejuvenation
  • Darkening and light peeling of spots is expected for 3-5 days

Fraxel Re:store (1550nm)

  • Excellent  for treatment of many aspects of aging and sun damage – including pigment, wrinkles, texture – and scars
  • Series of 3-5 treatments spaced 3-6 weeks apart, minimal downtime

 Fraxel Re:Pair (fractional CO2)

  • For more aggressive treatment of wrinkles, sun damage and scars
  • 4-7 of significant downtime

 The Fraxel family of lasers gives us a wide range of choices in skin rejuvenation and scar treatment. We often combine different lasers with a Fraxel laser treatment in order to get the most optimal results. For example we might recommend the Vbeam laser for redness or broken blood vessels and the GentleLase or Spectra laser for brown spots in the same treatment session as your Fraxel treatment. Get started now for your best skin!

 Laser skin rejuvenation:

Nonablative:
•CoolTouch/SmoothBeam
•Vbeam
•IPL
•GentleYAG
•No Downtime
•Limited results in wrinkles
•Better for younger patients
•Need for multiple treatments
•Good for maintenance/prevention
•Safe for non-facial areas
 
Fractional Resurfacing:
•Fraxel
•Better results than non-ablative
•Minimal to no downtime
•Significant improvement in wrinkles
•as well as pigment
•Safe for non-facial areas
 
Ablative:
•CO2/erbium laser skin resurfacing
•2 weeks of downtime
•Higher risk
•Great results in more severe damage
•Unable to treat non-facial areas

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