How does it work?
Fraxel Dual resurfaces the skin by causing controlled micro-injury. Results develop as the body heals itself, replacing the old, damaged skin cells with new cells, increasing collagen production and breaking up pigmentations and textural issues. Fraxel is a non-ablative laser, meaning it heats the targeted tissue without destroying it. It is appropriate for moderate sun damage, pigmentation and textural issues. It is especially effective in reducing the appearence of sun damage.
Is it safe?
The FDA has cleared Fraxel Dual to safely treat a number of issues related to skin texture, tone and pigment. It has an excellent safety profile. Like any surgical or non-surgical procedure, there are risks. 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 treatment.
How long does recovery take?
Fraxel Dual is well tolerated. Before the procedure begins, a topical numbing gel will be applied to the treatment area. This will minimize discomfort during the procedure. The procedure itself typically takes less than 30 minutes. Patient report a sensation of heat, and may experience mild discomfort.
Fraxel Dual requires downtime. Recovery is characterized by predictable stages that usually resolve within a week of treatment. Immediately after the procedure, the treated area will appear bright red, and feel very warm. 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. Your provider will give specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize side effects.
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. It is possible to treat multiple areas of the skin in a single session. You can expect a reduction of textural issues, such as pore size, fine lines, scars, wrinkles and creases, as significant improvement of unwanted pigment and sun damage, including precancerous actinic keratoses. Patients are typically happy with results from one treatment, although a series of treatments may be required to best address certain concerns.