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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fraxel offers three levels of fractional resurfacing treatments - re:fine, re:store, and re:pair

Fraxel is one of the most advanced laser treatments for skin available today. Fraxel is used to treat sun damaged skin, uneven pigmentation, and fine lines in just a few painless treatments.

The Fraxel® family of products, which includes the Fraxel re:store laser system, the Fraxel re:pair laser system and the Fraxel re:fine laser system, has quickly become the industry standard for fractional aesthetic skin treatment. Unlike traditional laser devices, Fraxel brand fractional laser systems treat only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for fast healing.

Fraxel lasers have received multiple FDA clearances and have been found safe and effective in treating many areas of the face and body. The versatility of the product line ensures that patients can choose the best treatment for various stages of their lives as their skin care needs evolve.

The Fraxel re:pair laser is the breakthrough device in ablative fractional resurfacing, with the most clinical testing of any product in the category. Fraxel re:pair treatment has been clinically proven to improve wrinkles, rhytides, furrows, fine lines, textural irregularities, pigmented lesions and vascular dyschromia in a multi-site, multi-phase study of more than 400 patients.

The Fraxel re:store laser, delivering Non-ablative Fractional Resurfacing (NFRTM) treatment, was introduced in 2004 and has been adopted by more than 1,500 dermatologists, plastic surgeons and aesthetic physicians worldwide. It is the accepted gold standard for treating acne scars and periorbital wrinkles, and for skin resurfacing procedures on the face, neck, chest and hands.

The Fraxel re:fine laser, offering superficial non-invasive skin rejuvenation, combines the unique method of fractional delivery with a lighter treatment. Performed in 20-25 minutes, Fraxel re:fine treatment is excellent for medical spas and family physicians seeking a safe and gentle option.

What is the Fraxel laser?
Fraxel is a laser used to treat damaged and aging skin by harmlessly penetrating the outer layer of skin, but only resurfacing 15-20% of the skin during each session. This method protects the skin from enduring too much damage at once and eliminates much of the downtime associated with CO2 or erbium laser resurfacing treatment.

Is it FDA-approved?
The Reliant Fraxel SR Laser has received FDA 510(k) clearances for skin resurfacing procedures; the photocoagulation of pigmented lesions, such as lentigos (age spots), solar lentigos (sun spots) and dyschromia; treatment of periorbital wrinkles and for dermatological conditions requiring the coagulation of soft tissue. It is also approved for the treatment of melasma.

What are the benefits of Fraxel Laser treatment?
This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deeply into the dermis.

What conditions can be treated with Fraxel technology?
Wrinkles, poor texture, large pores, sun spots, brown spots, scars, melasma, and uneven pigmentation can be treated successfully with the Fraxel laser. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about two to three months.

How many treatments will I need?
The greatest benefit is achieved with 4 to 5 treatments, however, your doctor will be able to determine how many treatments you need.

What happens before treatment?
Your skin will be cleansed thoroughly and a topical anesthetic may also be applied to provide more comfort during the procedure.

What are the side effects after treatment?
Side effects are minimal and usually limited to a sunburn-like redness which disappears in a few days. Within 24 hours, new epidermal skin will develop and your skin will have a bronze appearance which can last from three days up to two weeks depending on what level of treatment you have received. As the new epidermal tissue replaces the damaged tissue, your skin will flake off.

September of 2007 brought the introduction of the Fraxel Skin Ecology System, a skincare line specifically formulated and dermatologist-tested to enhance the experience of Reliant's Fraxel laser treatment, a skin rejuvenation therapy that provides patients with effective, consistent results without significant downtime and risk of complications.

The Fraxel Skin Ecology System is a physician-dispensed cosmeceutical line that includes deep hydration masks, green tea infusion masks, antioxidant infusion serum, foaming cleanser, daily moisturizer (SPF 30) and hydrating night cream.

All components are formulated to enhance the experience of the Fraxel treatment by moisturizing, cooling and protecting the skin throughout the patient's Fraxel treatment cycle and beyond as part of a healthy skincare regimen. Fraxel Skin Ecology System products will be available at physicians' offices.

When can I go back to work?
Typically patients find they can go back to work soon after treatment or the next day.

Can I wear makeup or shave right away?
You may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment.

What can I do to protect my new skin?
Absolutely be sure to wear SPF 30-plus sunscreen and apply twice a day. You must completely avoid the sun and take extra care to protect your skin from more damage.

1 comment:

Julia said...

I love it, it really does what's on its description.

After the Fraxel Toronto I had a few months ago my face looked perfect without any scar or skin imperfection.
Anyone that has a skin problem should try it because is the best you can get.