What is Fraxel Dual?
Fraxel Dual is a laser procedure that can treat sun damage, acne scarring, and fine lines and wrinkles, as well as pigmentation issues like age spots, sun spots and melasma. In some cases patients also look into Vbeam treatment.
How does it work?
Fraxel Dual resurfaces the skin by causing controlled micro-injury to its outermost layer. The results occur as the body heals itself, replacing the old, damaged skin cells with new cells and increasing collagen production for a slightly uplifted look. Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative fractionated laser, which means it works in a gentler, less invasive manner than other kinds of lasers. While ablative lasers remove the top layer of the skin, non-ablative lasers like Fraxel Dual heat the targeted tissue without destroying it. The fractionated laser creates tiny columns of thermal injury, called micro-thermal zones, among the unaffected skin. This combination means that the treated skin will sustain less damage and heal faster than other kinds of lasers. Fraxel Dual is comprised of Fraxel Restore and Fraxel Repair lasers to best treat a full spectrum of concerns.
What kind of results can I expect?
Fraxel Dual may be used on most areas of the skin, including sensitive areas like the hands, chest, neck and face similar to Vbeam. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session. Patients can expect a reduction pore size, textural unevenness, fine lines and wrinkles, signs of sun damage and uneven pigmentation. Fraxel Dual FDA is approved to treat:
- Discoloration and uneven pigmentation
- Sun Spots
- Pre-Cancerous Lesions called Actinic Keratoses
- Acne Scars
- Other Scars from Surgery, Accidents, Etc
- Large Pores
- Melasma or “Pregnancy Mask”
- Irregular skin texture
- Age Spots
- Fine Lines around the Eyes called “Periorbital Wrinkles”
Results vary depending on the patient’s goals, number and frequency of treatments, age, skin type, and pre-existing skin issues. Visit our friendly staff to determine if Fraxel or Vbeam is right for you.
How long will the results last?
Fraxel Dual results are permanent, but do not stop the natural process of aging, or prevent the accumulation of future sun damage, scarring, or uneven pigmentation and texture. Results can be best preserved by a skin care regimen that provides both protection and nourishment. We help our patients customize a post-procedure skin care plan that address their lifestyle and goals.
How many treatments are necessary?
Your provider will discuss your goals and create a treatment plan to best achieve them. In clinical studies, patients saw maximal results after 3 to 5 sessions, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Following this period, patients may opt for intermittent maintenance sessions.
What can I expect during the procedure?
Before the procedure begins, a topical numbing gel will be applied to the treatment area. This ensures that you will feel as little discomfort as possible during the procedure. Once the numbing is complete, the gel will be removed, and the treatment area will be cleansed. We provide all patients with eye protection to block the eyes from laser exposure. Your provider will then begin the Fraxel Dual laser treatment. The procedure itself typically takes less than 30 minutes. Patient report a sensation of heat, and may experience mild discomfort.
How long does recovery take?
Because Fraxel Dual is a non-ablative fractionated laser, recovery time is significantly less than other lasers. The most noticeable side effects usually resolve within a week of treatment. Recovery is characterized by predictable stages. Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear bright red, and feel very warm. We provide ice packs, and often recommend that patients make use of air conditioning on their drive home. Over the coming week, most patients experience some degree of minor itching, dry skin, and peeling or flaking. You may notice that your skin appears to have a “gridded” or “pixilated” look. Two to four days after treatment, the skin may appear bronzed or darkened. Your provider will give specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize side effects.
Throughout recovery, it is important to drink lots of water and use a high-quality moisturizing product to keep your skin hydrated. We often suggest keeping your skin care products in the refrigerator during recovery – the cool products sooth skin and feel great! It is possible to apply make-up immediately after the procedure. During and after recovery, a clinically proven sunscreen is essential.
Is it safe?
The FDA has approved Fraxel Dual to safely treat a number of issues related to skin tone and texture. It is gentler than some other kinds of laser treatments. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks associated. As a teacher and trainer of other physicians in laser procedures, Dr. Cox stresses the importance of finding an experienced physician who understands the finer points of laser resurfacing.
What is the difference between Fraxel Dual and Clear + Brilliant?
Fraxel Dual and Clear + Brilliant are both non-ablative fractionated lasers that treat similar issues of tone and texture. Both are relatively gentle resurfacing treatments with no true downtime and relatively short recovery time. Comparatively, Fraxel Dual is the more intensive procedure. It produces more dramatic results, and also requires a longer recovery time. Fraxel Dual is ideal for older patients and those with moderate to severe issues. Clear + Brilliant is considered the most gentle laser resurfacing procedure and is sometimes called a “mini-Fraxel” treatment. It is ideal for restoring radiance to younger skin, for treating mild issues, and as maintenance treatments after more invasive lasers.
Who is a good candidate?
Because Fraxel Dual treats a range of issues related to skin tone and texture, a wide range of patients can benefit. Especially good candidates are those who are bothered by damage from the sun or acne, signs of premature aging, and other issues of uneven pigmentation or tone. The face, neck, chest and hands are the most commonly treated areas, but skin on the arms, legs and the back also respond to treatment. Fraxel Dual can treat all skin types, but those with fair, olive or tan skin often benefit most. As with any procedure, good candidates are those who understand the procedure and post-treatment care, and have a realistic understanding of the results of the treatment.
Why come to Aesthetic Solutions for treatment?
Since 1994, our team leader Dr. Cox has performed laser resurfacing almost every single day of her practice. Thanks to her extensive experience, Dr. Cox knows which laser treatments, including Fraxel Dual, will produce optimal results for each individual patient in her care.
- Dr. Cox has performed thousands of laser resurfacing procedures over twenty years.
- Dr. Cox learned from the best, getting her early training from Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, the inventor of laser resurfacing.
- Today, Dr. Cox trains other physicians in many areas of cosmetic dermatology, including best laser resurfacing practices.
- While she may not have written the book, she has several chapters! Dr. Cox has contributed to several textbooks on laser resurfacing.
You can feel confident that Dr. Cox will provide the best possible results. Call us today at (919) 338 5007 to arrange a consultation.