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The Fraxel DUAL 1550nm/1927nm laser is a fractional nonablative laser that features two lasers with different wavelengths in one device to address specific skin concerns on the face, neck, chest, and hands. A “fractional” laser treats only a fraction of the skin’s surface at each session (like a grid), leaving surrounding tissue intact. One wavelength treats the superficial layer of skin to target pigmentation and fine wrinkling due to sun damage. The other wavelength treats deeper to target wrinkles, uneven texture, pore size, and acne scarring. We can use one or both wavelengths according to your specific skin concerns.

The procedure is fairly quick and takes approximately 20 minutes for treatment on the face.

Prior to the treatment, numbing cream is applied to treated area for 45 minutes. Your skin is cleansed and protective eyewear is applied. You will feel some heat and a prickly sensation, but cool air is applied to help minimize any discomfort.

Immediately after treatment, the skin is red, feels warm, and can be mildly swollen. To help soothe the skin and promote healing, platelet rich plasma (PRP), a component of your blood, will be applied to your face after the Fraxel treatment. The nurse will draw a small amount of blood and spin it in a centrifuge causing the blood components to separate. The platelet rich plasma is collected and applied to the top of your skin.

Gentle cleanser and a special moisturizer (which we will recommend) are used until skin is healed. The healing process generally takes about 3-5 days. Mild to moderate swelling may last for 3-4 days. After several days, the treated area may feel like sandpaper (this is the injured skin flaking off) and may exhibit mild flaking. The healing process after fractional laser resurfacing is rapid, and results in stimulation of collagen and elastin production, adding firmness and resilience to skin. Makeup may be worn after 24 hours.

As only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated with each Fraxel treatment, several sessions are needed for optimal results. The majority of our patients see improvement after each treatment session. We offer consultations to determine if you are a good candidate for Fraxel DUAL and create a plan specific to your skin’s needs.

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