Fraxel Re:store

The Science 

  • The Fraxel Re:store Laser treats the skin like a digital picture. Each pixel represents a column of thermal heating called microthermal zone (MTZ).
  • These MTZs extend deep into the skin and are surrounded by intact tissue, allowing for rapid healing, within 24 hours. These MTZs are then extruded a few days later as microscopic epidermal necrotic debris (MENDS).
  • The true fractional nature of this laser allows the safe use of higher energy fluences for a greater depth of penetration leading to greater clinical results.
  • Before and after biopsies of treated skin have demonstrated impressive new collagen deposition, called: neocollagenesis.
  • The Fraxel series lasers are the only lasers with an onboard Intelligent Optical Tracking System (IOTS) ensuring that an even pattern of energy is laid down, earning their reputation as the safest of all fractional laser devices.
  • It is safe to use on all skin types.
  • The Fraxel Re:pair Laser is manufactured by Reliant Technologies, Inc., now owned by Thermage

 

The Indications

  • Mild to moderate wrinkling
  • Facial skin resurfacing ( magical when done 1 week before a special event)
  • Dyschromia (uneven pigmentation)
  • Acne scarring
  • Scars from surgery, trauma and burns including keloids
  • Lentigos (age spots) and solar Lentigos (sun spots)
  • Reduction of pore prominence
  • Stretch marks have shown remarkable results, especially when treatments are performed while still in the red stage.
  • Melasma: only laser that is FDA approved for this condition
  • Minocycline-caused blue facial discoloration
  • Full body skin resurfacing

 

The Treatment

  • Patients arrive at the office an hour before the procedure and are given a thick layer of anesthetic cream over all the areas to be treated.
  • During the treatment, the laser tip is gently and evenly rolled over the entire skin, creating a million MTZs during a single session.
  • The actual treatment takes 20 to 30 minutes. Discomfort is mild to moderate, feeling like and intense stinging and is alleviated with the Zimmer cooling device.
  • Patients can drive home by themselves
  •  There is no wounding and therefore no special aftercare.
  • Depending on the settings used, the post treatment redness and swelling can last from 1 to 3 days.
  • Fraxel Re:store treatments are done as a series of 5 to 6, a month apart.

 

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