Over time, sun exposure, air pollution, stress, fatigue, and lifestyle factors can affect your skin’s texture, color, and tightness.
There are many options available to correct imperfections and to resurface and rejuvenate your skin. Unlike other treatments that scrape, peel, or cut the surface of your skin, the FDA cleared Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser treatment gently and effectively resurfaces your skin. This results in improved texture, more evening out of the skin tone, and smoother skin, without the risks, discomfort and prolonged downtime of some other procedures.
What Is Fraxel Skin Resurfacing?
Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 is an advanced non-ablative laser treatment for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. The procedure uses two lasers at 1550 nm and 1927 nm wavelengths and optical technology to create thousands of microscopic laser columns to treat a fraction of the skin without affecting the surrounding tissue. These microscopic wounds stimulate the body’s healing process, which includes collagen production, to replace damaged skin with new younger, smoother, and healthier tissue.
This process can help repair:
- Photodamage (sun spots or brown spots caused by UV radiation)
- Mild to moderate wrinkles
- Surgical and acne scars
- Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and nose)
- Actinic keratosis (scaly or crusty pre-cancerous skin lesions)
What Should You Expect?
Because Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 is a non-ablative treatment, you can expect a sensation of heat during the procedure. A topical anesthetic applied before and cold air utilized during the procedure will help minimize any discomfort. Treatments take about two hours, with approximately 30 minutes of laser time, for the full face. Additionally, other areas are routinely treated, such as the neck, chest, hands, and arms.
After the procedure, patients may experience a slight stinging sensation similar to a sunburn, which usually lasts one to three hours. Any residual redness, minor itching, peeling, flaking, or the bronzing of skin usually only lasts a few days. There is minimal social downtime after treatment, but the best results occur with three to five sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Timeframes and results may vary from patient to patient.
Caring For Your Skin
Make sure to be gentle with your skin after the procedure. Avoid harsh skin care products such as exfoliating products, or products with glycolic or salicylic acid. Make sure you apply a high SPF sunscreen and avoid sun exposure. Follow your skincare specialist's directions carefully to protect the skin you are striving to perfect!
What Are the Benefits?
The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser treatment targets aging and sun-damaged skin, leaving surrounding tissue intact, which promotes rapid healing. The procedure resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new healthy skin cells from the inside out. Dramatic results include smoother, fresher and younger looking skin, improved tone and texture, the removal of unwanted brown spots, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, and the reduced appearance of acne scars and surgical scars.
Fraxel Skin Resurfacing is perfect for people who want real results, but don’t want the discomfort or extended downtime that comes with surgery. Fraxel treatments are non-invasive and comfortably fit into your routine. This simple, anti-aging treatment reverses the signs of aging and gives you real change you just can’t get from lotions or creams.
With more than 800,000 treatments performed, Fraxel skin resurfacing has been clinically proven to be safe and effective for multiple skin types and conditions, on and off the face, for men and women. The Fraxel laser treatment restores the skin’s youthful glow without the risks commonly associated with other procedures.
Individual Results May Vary.
How Does a Fraxel Treatment Differ from Other Laser Skin Rejuvenation Treatments?
There are two kinds of laser treatments available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Typical ablative treatments, which use high temperatures to vaporize unwanted tissue are effective but may come with side effects and a prolonged recovery time. Non-ablative procedures have fewer side effects and less downtime, however, they usually require numerous sessions and lead to more modest results. Timeframes and results may vary from patient to patient.
How Long Do the Positive Effects of the Treatment Last?
It all depends on your specific condition and how you care for your skin. After treatment, follow your skincare specialist's directions on how to protect and care for your skin. She will give you advice based on your specific needs.
Talk to the Experts
Visit us at Santa Fe Vein & Med Spa to learn more about Fraxel Skin Resurfacing and how it can rejuvenate and enhance your skin’s appearance. Our state-of-the-art facility is home to an expert and caring staff,who are here to answer all your questions and design a skin care plan for you and your specific needs.