Author Bio: Dr. Sanusi Umar MD is the author of this article.
The Beverly Hills patient wanted to even out her skin tone and improve its overall texture, so she consulted Dr. U in Los Angeles. Fraxel Laser skin resurfacing is a solution for the oncoming signs of aging in all skin types. Unlike other lasers, it can also be used on patients with darker skin complexions. It can also be helpful for reducing the appearance of age spots, mild-moderate wrinkles, enlarged pores, and also for improving skin texture.
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing with Fraxel Laser – Before Photos:
The patient was concerned about brown spots on the face, enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and rough skin texture. She sought out Dr. U at his Redondo Beach, California clinic for laser skin resurfacing. Dr. U recommended the use of the Fraxel Dual laser for treatment.
What is Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing using Fraxel involves heated beams of light split into thousands of microscopic (hence the name “fractional”) columns that target specific areas within the skin. This is different from other laser technologies, which treat wide layers of skin at a continuous spread. The untreated skin around the targeted area then forms the base for new skin and pigment.
There are two Fraxel Laser models which can be used for skin resurfacing:
- Fraxel Dual Laser
- Fraxel Repair Laser
Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure Photos:
Dr. U used the Fraxel Dual laser to target the areas the Beverly Hills patient wanted to improve. Dr. U chose the Fraxel Dual not only because of its fractional epilation ability but also because it is safe for all skin types, including the patient’s ethnic skin tone.
The procedure was painless, but there was, of course, the option to use a mild sedative if the patient chose, as well as a numbing cream.
The Fraxel Dual uses two wavelengths, the 1550 nm Erbium and the 1927 nm Thulium to target specific areas. Typically there is minimal downtime — some patients even schedule the procedure during their lunch break and return to work afterward. Mild flaking occurs up to three days after the procedure, and it usually cleared up by day five.
In addition to skin resurfacing, the Fraxel Dual can be used for acne scar removal.
Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After Results Photos:
After just one treatment, the Beverly Hills patient felt good about her appearance. She said her skin looked tight and glowed.
It usually takes one to three treatments to see favorable results. The patient was overjoyed and would definitely recommend it to someone else.
Video: Laser Skin Resurfacing Results for Beverly Hills Patient
Watch the video below to see the full results of the Beverly Hills patient’s laser skin resurfacing with the Fraxel Dual.
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Frequently Asked Questions – Laser Skin Resurfacing with Fraxel Dual:
When will I see laser skin resurfacing results?
Most patients need 6 to 10 days for recovery. The patient will need rest, recover, and to avoid sun exposure. The skin will go through a redness, drying, and peeling process. The healing process is often likened to a bad sunburn, except the skin will become bronzed, dried, and cracked. This layer will soon shed to reveal a more beautiful, smooth, even, and firm surface beneath.
What is fractional skin resurfacing and how is it different from an ablative treatment?
Fractional laser skin resurfacing involves the use of beams of light energy split into thousands of fractional column to treat specific areas. Fractionation means only a fraction of the skin is treated interspersed between unaffected skin fractions which then form the basis for new tissue regeneration and healing. By minimizing thermal injury by fractionation and complications of scarring and pigmentary abnormalities are minimized. Ablative laser treatments, on the other hand, work in a non-fractional fashion subjecting the entire skin surface to thermal damage with no intervening unaffected skin from which fast healing and recovery can occur.
What laser skin resurfacing procedure is appropriate for my skin type?
Because of the ablative nature of the Fraxel Repair laser, it is only safe for patients with very fair skin (Fitzpatrick levels I-III). The heat energy of the Repair laser wholesale targetting of water in the dermal and epidermal cells results in more trauma which in people of color, can lead to several side effects like scarring and hyperpigmentation.
The Fraxel Dual is safe for all skin types due to its use of the shorter 1550 nm and 1927 nm wavelengths, hence the “dual” nature of the laser.
During a consultation, your provider will recommend the best laser for your skin type.
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