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Cosmetic Dermatology

Fraxel DUAL Laser

At Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, we are proud to offer the Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 nm laser. We use this laser to treat textural changes, brown spots, soften fine lines, and improve complexion.

What is Fraxel DUAL Laser?

Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 laser is a non-invasive fractional non-ablative laser treatment that targets aging and sun-damaged skin. The laser works by generating microscopic laser columns that penetrate the skin to help remodel collagen. Since these laser columns only treat a portion of the skin, recovery is typically very rapid leading to stimulation of new, healthy skin cells.

What is Fraxel DUAL laser good for?

The Fraxel laser is ideal for anyone aged 25 to 60 who would like to improve various aspects of their skin, including but not limited to skin texture, fine lines, acne scars, brown spots or hyperpigmentation, sun damage, surgical scars, large pores, and melasma. The recovery is typically short and several treatments can be performed.

How long does it take to recover from Fraxel DUAL laser?

Fraxel DUAL typically requires about four to five days of downtime. Initially, your skin may feel similar to a sunburn, but over the next several days, pigment spots rise to the skin and appear a dark-coffee color. These eventually flake off revealing healthier looking skin.

Does Fraxel laser actually work?

Most patients see great results with three to four sessions. The Fraxel laser is over 20 years old, meaning it has a strong track record of producing consistent results. It has several indications and is one of the most versatile and highly demanded lasers on the market due to its efficacy, consistency, and short recovery time.

Are Fraxel lasers safe?

Fraxel DUAL is generally considered to be a safe form of laser skin resurfacing for most healthy adults. It should always be done by a board-certified physician who understands the physiology of the skin. It is important to schedule a consultation to see if this treatment options is right for you.

How painful is Fraxel?

Most patients do not complain of pain, but a mild prickling sensation. At Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, we employ topical anesthetic cream before the treatment and use a cold air device (known as a Zimmer) to blow chilled air on the skin to distract nerve endings. We recommend having a fan at home for immediately after the procedure. It is not common to have discomfort the following day.

How long is your face red after Fraxel?

Depending on the location being treated, most patients will recover from Fraxel laser within 5-7 days after treatment. Locations off the face, such as the hands, chest or legs, can take longer (up to 2 weeks) to recover.

What should I avoid before Fraxel laser?

It is important to avoid sun exposure for several weeks prior to and after the Fraxel laser procedure. Some medications should be stopped prior to the procedure including but not limited to topical and oral steroids, retinoids, and some skincare products that can irritate or abrade the skin such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.

What should I avoid after Fraxel laser?

Sun protection is very important after Fraxel laser to minimize post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Additionally, smoking and excessive alcohol should be avoided.

How often can I get Fraxel laser treatment?

A series of five treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart often brings maximum benefits when treating fine lines and wrinkles or general skin resurfacing. Pigmentation can typically be addressed in one or two sessions spaced 2-3 months apart.

Do you peel after Fraxel?

Yes, peeling typically occurs about 3-5 days after the procedure. We ask that you do not remove the peeling skin. Make sure the skin is moisturized before and during the peeling. When all is peeled, your skin will be smoother and less pigmented.

Can Fraxel help with large pores?

Yes, Fraxel can reduce pore size by up to 70%, but several treatments may be needed.

At Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Fraxel DUAL laser 1550/1927 is used for many purposes in the trained hands of Dr. Ramin Fathi a board-certified dermatologist. Call to schedule today if you are interested in learning more about Fraxel DUAL laser (fractional non-ablative laser).


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