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Fraxel Dual Laser

Skin conditions usually cut out a significant portion of one’s self-esteem. Research shows that around 80% of people between the ages of 18 to 30 experience some form of scarring in their life. Imagine if you could remove any skin imperfections such as acne, moles, hyperpigmentation, and eczema and peel them away to reveal glowing and dewy skin. That’s essentially what the Fraxel laser does.

Fraxel dual laser duo is now considered the gold standard among people looking to get smooth skin and get their rush of esteem back. It can be intimidating undergoing such a procedure, especially if you haven’t previously done it, so here is what you need to know about the Fraxel dual laser.

What does a Fraxel Dual Laser treat?person with acne scars

Most people with hyperpigmentation and acne scarring seek Fraxel dual laser more than any topical treatment. This is because the Fraxel laser can go deeper into the skin’s tissues and break down the scar tissue covering the textural differences. A cream is unable to go as deep into the skin as the laser treatment does and takes much longer to see the results, if any.

While most people like to get Fraxel dual laser treatment on their faces, it can be done on the arms, hands, neck, and decolletage of the best. Fraxel treats a fraction of the skin, leaving the surrounding tissues intact leading to more rapid recovery and less down time as compared to other less sophisticated lasers. The treatment is ideal for people aged 20 to 85 who are looking to:

  • Resurface skin textures
  • Soften fine lines
  • Reduce acne scars such as post-acne hyperpigmentation and icepicks
  • Take care of the texture issues
  • Balance any unevenness in the skin tone
  • Lessen stretch marks
  • Address texture issues

How does Fraxel laser work?

There are various treatment options out there for skin issues such as acne scarring and hyperpigmentation. They include micro-needling, microdermabrasion, and Photodynamic Therapy. While all these methods effectively eliminate scarring issues, the Fraxel laser is the most advanced option of the treatment options listed and is the most effective as well.

Fraxel gently injures the skin in a controlled manner and stimulates the body’s own natural healing process. A closer look at how the device works would uncover that it makes microscopic injuries to certain skin areas and exposing the tissues to treat acne.

The lasers get deeper into the skin to deliver waves of laser energy, thus stimulating the skin to react by producing new healthy cells via collagen production to heal the damaged ones. The healthy cells then replace the old damaged ones of the acne-scarred skin. The treatment essentially stimulates cell regeneration from the inside out.

How to prepare for Fraxel dual laser

There are various things you should do to prepare for your Fraxel dual laser treatment.  After scheduling a consultation with your Dermatologist,  they will provide you with guidelines to follow as you await the day of the procedure.

If you’re a smoker, the doctor will advise that you avoid any tobacco products or those that have nicotine a few weeks before your procedure. Smoking increases your chances of complications after treatment since it interferes with blood flow.

The doctor will also advise that you stay out of the sun to avoid getting wrinkles and sunburns. You should also avoid tanning in the weeks leading up to the Fraxel treatment. Tanned skin increases the risk of hyperpigmentation during the treatment. You will also be advised to use sunscreen containing at least 30 SPF but not when going into the surgery.

You should also avoid any topical products as they are usually made up of exfoliants. Products containing retinol or salicylic acid can make your skin irritated and produce unwanted results after the treatment.

On the day of the treatment, your skin will be numbed for about 60 minutes. The procedure takes about 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of treatment you opt for goals of treatment. Fraxel laser treatments can be uncomfortable, but since the skin is numbed before the procedure, the treatment is very tolerable and has no pain at completion.

How long does the skin take to heal?

The downtime usually depends on the patient’s skin and how fast their body repairs itself. However, the average recovery period for Fraxel treatments takes about a week. During the first few days after the procedure, you should expect some swelling and redness. After approximately 3 days, the skin will start to look scaly and flaky and start to heal.

You might get tempted to peel the skin out yourself. You shouldn’t do so since you’ll be risking scarring and suboptimal results. Any Fraxel treatments done on the chest usually takes longer to heal,  so you don’t need to worry if the process seems slower than on your face.

woman putting on moisturizerThings to do after the procedure

Always use plenty of sun protection to avoid the harsh UV rays of the sun. The few weeks after the Fraxel treatments aren’t the best time to amp your skincare routine. Leave any harsh products and prescription acne products, including topical products, for a while.

Use a moisturizer and gentle cleanser twice a day to help your skin stay moisturized since it will dry up a bit to make room for the new cells. As mentioned above, try and resist any urges to pick and peel any skin to avoid redness. Peeling will also result in a prolonged healing period. Do not exfoliate the skin when it gets rough. Let the skin go through the natural healing process.

If you’re experiencing throbbing, cool compresses with gauze and ice water can be helpful.

How much does the Fraxel dual laser treatment cost?

The cost of the Fraxel treatments usually ranges between $1300 to $1600 per session, but can vary based on the number and extent of areas being treated. Pigmentation usually takes about two sessions to realize the results. For any acne scarring or wrinkling, you should expect to see results in three to five sessions. Experts recommend that a four week recovery period should be allocated between each session.

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If you’re looking for highly trained board certified Dermatologists to conduct Fraxel laser treatments, give us a call. At Dermatology Institute of Southern California, we are dedicated to ensuring that your skin is healthy, clear, and beautiful. You can also schedule a consultation with us, and our team of highly experienced Dermatologists will take you through the entire process.

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