Fraxel Laser

Fraxel

 

 

We would like to introduce the New Fraxel Re: STORE DUAL wavelength system which is the latest technology to treat pigment irregularities and resurface the skin, with minimal discomfort and downtime. Fraxel™ is an FDA approved laser for treatment of wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring and melasma (increased pigmentation of the skin). The innovative Fraxel™ system targets microscopic zones of skin, leaving the surrounding areas of skin unaffected and intact. This fractional treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once.

 

Conditions that can be treated with Fraxel™ include:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Lentigos (age spots)
  • Acne scarring
  • Scars (including surgical scars)
  • Acne scarring
  • Striae (stretch marks)

Fraxel™ treatments usually take 30 minutes. Dr.Toerge recommends that you do not have important events scheduled for 72 hours after treatment. Typically, there is no need for pain medication after the procedure and you will feel fine.

 

The best results are seen after 3 to 6 treatments, depending on the condition and location being treated. Dr. Toerge will customize a treatment plan to fit your unique goals.


Before and After Photos


How many Fraxel treatments will I need?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 4 to 6 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and the physician may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.

What precautions should I take after Fraxel re:store treatment?

Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 13 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you're in the sun.

How long do the effects of Fraxel Dual re:store last?

It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is treated, continue to protect it as described above. Your physician will give you specific advice based on your individual needs.

What side effects can I expect after a Fraxel Dual re:store and how long will they last?

Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of a treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. Dr. Toerge and staff will go over specific post care instructions with you the day of the procedure.

What should I expect after Fraxel Dual treatment?

During the first 24 hours after a treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.

Does Fraxel Dual treatment hurt?

Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.

How many Fraxel Dual treatments will I need and how frequently will they be spaced?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, you and Dr. Toerge may choose to space treatment sessions further apart. Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.

How are Fraxel Dual treatments preformed?

First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 procedure takes about 15-20 minutes for a full face.

What FDA clearances has Fraxel Dual received?

  • Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Age spots/sunspots (pigmented lesions)
  • Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks,
  • upper lip and nose)
  • Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
  • Skin resurfacing


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Chevy Chase, MD Dermatologist
Chevy Chase Dermatology Center
5454 Wisconsin Ave, Ste 1400
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
(301) 951-7905