With Fraxel®, NYC patients can experience long-lasting improvement in the overall appearance of their skin without the downtime associated with traditional laser surfacing procedures. The Fraxel® Dual laser can be used to rejuvenate the skin of the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and legs, and is designed to improve overall pigmentation and brown spots, sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and scars from acne.
How Fraxel® Helps
The Fraxel® Dual laser is equipped with two distinct settings, which means that you actually have two lasers in one. The 1927 wavelength is a state-of–the-art Thulium laser that allows us to remove pigmentation, age spots, and sun damage from the top layer of the skin quickly, evenly and painlessly.
The erbium component of the Fraxel® Dual laser utilizes the 1550 wavelength to improve skin texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. The Erbium technology focuses the energy in the deeper areas of the skin, stimulating new collagen production. The new collagen that is produced ultimately improves the fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, and scars.
If you have questions about Fraxel®, we encourage you to read our Fraxel® FAQs to see what common questions we get about the treatment and the results that it can achieve.
Depending on your needs, whether it be overall sun damage, acne scars, sun damage, or wrinkles, Dr. Green can customize a treatment protocol just for you. We can use either the 100% Thulium laser to treat brown pigmentation or the 100% Erbium to treat primarily fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and textures. Dr. Green often uses a balanced treatment with both Thulium and Erbium for more comprehensive results. The beauty of the Fraxel® Dual is that it can be tailor-made for each individual treatment for your unique needs.
Fraxel® delivers amazing results with almost no down time. Overall pigmentation and age spots can be treated with as little as one or two treatments. The result is beautiful, luminous skin. Treating fine lines, scars, and wrinkles, generally require four to five treatments at monthly intervals. The results are overall improvement in skin tone, texture, fine lines, and a younger-looking appearance.
If you’re frustrated with the appearance of your skin tone or texture, or want to minimize the early signs of aging that have appeared, there’s finally a solution that can help, without the downtime of other laser resurfacing procedures. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified dermatologist on the Upper East Side, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve. To learn more about Fraxel®, NYC patients can contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
View additional information and Fraxel Dual Laser FAQs
What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing is the process of using concentrated light energy to eliminate damaged cells from the outer layers of the skin. Ablative laser resurfacing provides a deeper level of correction, removing the epidermis (outermost layer of the skin) and tightening the dermis (sub-layer of the skin). Recovery time often takes a period of several weeks or more. Non-ablative laser resurfacing also removes sun-damaged skin cells but uses a shallower penetration of the epidermis. Because the intensity is less than an ablative laser, several sessions are typically required for best results. There is minimal downtime and recovery following non-ablative laser resurfacing.
Fraxel® has both ablative and non-ablative capabilities, both of which can improve skin tone and texture. Freckles, age spots or other pigmentation irregularities like melasma can be effectively minimized with laser resurfacing. Fine lines and wrinkles should become less noticeable, and even facial scars can be diminished.
Am I a Candidate for Fraxel?
The best candidates for Fraxel® laser resurfacing are in general good health mentally and physically, yet may have complexion concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles, freckles/age spots, melasma, or acne scarring. Candidates should also have good soft tissue support throughout their facial structure, without excessively loose skin. It’s also important to maintain realistic expectations about what laser resurfacing can achieve.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing uses microbeams of laser energy to create controlled damage in the target areas. This process simultaneously removes thin layers of damaged skin while promoting the natural healing processes of the body to create new, healthy tissue. The final result is skin that looks and feels smoother, more evenly pigmented, and younger. Because sun-damaged and pre-cancerous skin cells are removed during laser resurfacing, your skin’s health can actually improves as well.
What makes Fraxel® different?
Fraxel® is a fractionated carbon dioxide laser that treats the target areas while leaving untreated skin untouched, promoting faster healing and less downtime. This less aggressive approach toward laser resurfacing gives Dr. Green greater precision while minimizing the risk of complications.
Can I combine Fraxel® with other facial rejuvenation procedures?
Most patients see significant improvement after just one appointment, but some It’s not unusual to combine Fraxel® with additional cosmetic procedures, although it’s common to stagger the appointments. For example, laser resurfacing may be performed first, then followed up with a combination of BOTOX® to control dynamic wrinkles and dermal fillers to diminish the appearance of deeper lines. It’s best to work closely with Dr. Green to determine the customized approach that will help meet your specific goals.
What should I expect during treatment?
Before treatment, your skin will be cleaned and prepared, and you’ll wear protective goggles for your eyes. A topical anesthetic may be applied, sometimes in combination with a sedative. The laser energy is delivered in pulses, which are repeated in passes until the appropriate level of correction is achieved. Your appointment length will vary depending on how large the treatment area is as well as the level of correction needed.
Is Fraxel painful?
Most patients say the sensation is like having a rubber band snapped against the skin: not pleasant, but not exactly painful either. Others feel little to no sensation during treatment, or may have intermittent periods of discomfort. An anesthetic may be recommended for those with more sensitive skin.
How soon until I see results from Fraxel?
Immediately after treatment, your skin will look red or pink. Over the next several days, this will fade to reveal smoother, more youthful looking skin with fewer age spots, freckles and acne scars. Several treatments are typically recommended for the most impressive results, and these should be spaced anywhere from six weeks to a few months apart.
We offer Fraxel treatments in NYC, so contact us online, or call us at 212-535-3088.