Skin Resurfacing Lasers
Conditions treated: brown spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, age spots, sun damage, precancerous spots, melasma, scarring and acne scarring.
Fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatment is one of our most popular cosmetic procedures.
Fraxel works by touching up the skin, point by point, leaving the skin with the ability to rapidly heal. The Fraxel consists of two laser wavelengths and has evolved significantly since it was introduced years ago.
The Fraxel treatment has a period of pink to redness for about 1-2 days, and there may be some slight peeling.
This is considered a non-ablative resurfacing. That means that the skin is resurfaced, but not destroyed, removed, or peeled off. It is resurfaced and left intact to heal quickly.
The newest Fraxel actually consists of 2 lasers in one.
The deeper wavelength (1550 nm) is designed to penetrate into the skins collagen, and helps to heal scars (such as those caused by acne) and smooth everything from fine lines to wrinkles.
The superficial wavelength (1927nm) is designed to correct skin imperfections such as brown spots, discoloration, and texture.
What we have learned more recently since the introduction of Clear Brilliance (a less aggressive fraxel laser skin resurfacing treatment) is that immediately after the laser, and for the next few days, the little channels opened up by the laser act as a medication delivery system. Vitamin C and other topical agents are used, and they not only shorten the downtime (anti-inflammatory), but more rapidly stimulate improvement, and decrease the number of treatments needed. We are seeing results after a single Fraxel Dual treatment (both the 1550 deeper laser, and the 1927 superficial laser) that used to take 4-6 treatments.
Fraxel laser resurfacing treatments have been performed almost a million times, with an excellent safety record. The procedure feels like a hot prickly sensation, and takes about 20 minutes. You will feel like you have a sunburn (and look like it) for usually 1-2 days. We want you to consistently use the prescribed topical medications, and we will apply them immediately after the treatment.*
ActiveFX – more advanced wrinkles, sun damage and discoloration. Downtime 5-7 days.
Conditions treated: sun damage, wrinkles, loose skin, precancerous spots and brown spots.
Active FX, Deep Fx, and Max FX are variations of the most advanced CO2 (carbon dioxide) resurfacing laser.
If your concerns are wrinkles, loose skin, or sun damage, and you can tolerate some downtime (not pain or discomfort, but significant redness and some peeling), the Active FX is designed to improve your skin.
The laser targets damaged tissue and more or less vaporizes it. You can think of it as a laser peel, but unlike a chemical peel, the laser gives total control. The depth is set, and the energy is totally predictable. This allows an aggressive treatment in a controlled environment.
Unlike traditional CO2 lasers, the Active Fx uses advanced technology called “fractional resurfacing” that creates little tiny areas of resurfacing at a time, and allows the skin to cool in milliseconds between pulses. This leads to less downtime, less risk, and better results.
The Active fx is more for people with loose skin (a good example is treatment to the extra skin under the eye, a classic use for this laser) and more advanced sun damage. Also, if you are undergoing a surgery, we use the Active fx as an add on, because it has the same downtime.
Conditions treated: scars, acne scars, stretch marks and fine lines.
If you have scars (a classic concern is acne scarring), the Dermapen (usually combined with fraxel) is the best treatment for managing this condition. The Dermapen creates tens of thousands of little tiny pokes in the skin, allowing your skin to fill in the scars. It’s kind of like aerating your skin. The Dermapen has been used for the vampire lift, stretch marks, wrinkles, and skin rejuvenation. We find it best for acne scars and stretch marks. This is frequently combined with Fraxel for better delivery of Vitamin C to rebuild collagen.