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WHAT IS Fraxel® SR Laser Resurfacing?
Fraxel® SR Laser is a revolutionary approach to all laser resurfacing procedures. It is used to treat wrinkles, age spots, and melasma from years of accumulated sun-damaged skin. It can treat areas on the face , including around the lips and eyes, and body parts including neck, arms , and hands. It can also be used for acne scars. (Fraxel is not for Active acne breakouts, which we can treat with our IPL/Acne Triple Package) There is no cutting of the skin, so patients can achieve the same positive effects of ablative laser procedures (CO2 and Erbium lasers) and deep chemical peels without the associated “downtime” or potential side effects. There is NO peeling or flaking of skin. We also offer lighter treatment options called mini fraxel, and fraxel facials. More info below*
WHAT is The Difference between Fraxel and Fractional CO2 (aka Mixto)?
The scientific answer is the Fraxel is an erbium laser, whereas the Fractional CO2 is a CO2 laser. They have different wavelengths. For layman's terms it is best to think of the fractional CO2 as a more aggressive treatment , therefore 1-2 sessions are all that is required with 4-5 days downtime. The regular Fraxel usually requires 3-5 sessions with 1-2 days downtime. Darker skin types are best treated with the regular fraxel , whereas lighter skin can be more aggressively treated with Fractional CO2.*
WHAT IS SUBCISION FOR ACNE SCARS ? Subcision is a minor in-office procedure that involves inserting a small needle under the skin to release scar tissue . This allows the skin to rise and diminish the appearance of the indented scars from acne or chicken pox. This is an incisionless procedure done usually under 15 minutes . The area is numbed with local anesthetic so you not feel any pain, then a small needle is inserted under the skin to break up scar tissue. This also promotes the building of collagen. This is usually performed 2-4 times every 4 weeks and can be combined with laser/fraxel treatments for additional improvements. Cost ranges $400-1000 a session.
*Individual results may vary
Patient continues to show long term results after only 1 initial session 2 years prior.*
Before & After
Fractional CO2 by Drew Varano MD (1 session)
*Individual Results May Vary.
Treated vs untreated CO2 by Drew Varano MD
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