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Fraxel Dual Pigmentation Laser
Superficial melasma and unwanted pigmentation has traditionally been a difficult problem to treat and has required multiple treatments, peels or long term and persistent use of melanin suppressor products.
As many patients want a speedier resolution to brown spots and pigmentation, new technology has come on board that treats quickly with pleasing overall improvements.
The Fraxel re:store Dual was developed with the Thulium laser wavelength which specifically targets discoloration in the upper levels of the skin.
A unique handprint laser which very quickly can treat your entire face in about 20 minutes. Also can be used to treat pigmentation and actinic keratoses on the chest, arms and pigmentation on the hands.
What pigmentation problems will the new Fraxel Dual treat?
What can I expect after a Fraxel Dual treatments?
Your skin will be somewhat reddened for about 2 days with a thin peel over the following 4 to 5 day period. The new skin beneath will be cleared and more evenly toned.
Good skin protection with SPF 30 or higher sunblock will protect your new skin and help prevent recurrence of pigmentation. Sunblock products with the triple ingredients of ecamsale (trade name mexoryl), avobenzone and zinc oxide will provide the most protection.
Is the treatment painful?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, apply topical anesthesia before the procedure and cold air during the procedure. The cold air flow follows the handpiece so cooling is more effective than before. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
Will I need more than one treatment to get rid of pigmentation?
Patients with superficial pigmentation should get satisfactory results after one treatment. Patients with long term melasma or deep level pigmentation issues will likely need 2 or 3 sessions over a period of time as deep pigmentation must "rise" to the surface skin levels before it is affected by laser.
How long must I wait after Fraxel Dual for Fraxel Resurfacing?
There is not wait time between laser treatments. The dual wavelength lasers are designed to be easily compatible and can be used in a single session. Typically the Thulium laser treatment is delivered as the first procedure when both pigmentation and either sun damage, aged skin texture or scarring are also present.
Fraxel Dual FDA Clearances
When would I want to move up to Fraxel Repair CO2 laser?
The Fraxel Repair is for deeper wrinkles, more profound sun damage and to some degree, skin laxity. It is a single session procedure and is performed with short-term general anesthesia with a certified anesthesiologist. Fraxel Repair patients are treated in a surgical suite to ensure total patient comfort, safety and controlled protection from contaminants. Fraxel Repair CO2
Dr. Pilest is a training physician for the Fraxel Laser systems and has used the Fraxel lasers since their initial entry into the dermatology field in 2004.
Other Pigmentation and Related Treatments:
Cosmelan MD De Pigmentation Program for resistant pigmentation of chloasma and melasma