Dr. Mark Taylor, from Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center shows how the technique can have benefits that go beyond the face.
What is a Fraxel re:store DUAL laser treatment?
A single laser uses two unique and distinct wavelengths of light, combined into one treatment to address multiple skin issues, and according to Dr. Mark Taylor, “It’s the first new advancement in laser light wavelength to be used in laser skin resurfacing in over ten years.”
What does it treat?
Fine wrinkles, uneven pigment and it treats precancerous spots.
How does it work?
The new wavelength (1927nm) treats a mix of sun damage, uneven pigmentation, precancerous spots, and mild to moderate wrinkles. The second light wavelength (1550nm) tightens pores and minimizes wrinkles and scars. Working together, these two light wavelengths achieve, in a single laser treatment, outstanding improvements in your skin’s appearance, with results that are comparable to a medium light laser resurfacing procedure, but with half the down time. This means you will be able to get resurfacing results with only 5 to 7 days of partial down time instead of 10 to 14 days of complete down time.
What areas of the body does it treat?
Because the technology is so precise, Fraxel treatment works not only on the face, but also on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands.
Does Fraxel DUAL treat all skin colors?
Since African-American, Latino and Asian skin types generally have more melanin (pigment) than Caucasian skin, they’ve traditionally been at a higher risk for discoloration and scarring with many conventional laser treatments. But unlike these other procedures, Fraxel treatment precisely targets water in the skin, not melanin, and therefore may be safe and effective for all skin colors.
Is treatment painful?
A big advantage with this dual laser treatment is a decrease in pain. The laser treatment can even be performed with topical anesthetic, allowing patients to drive by themselves to and from the clinic for treatment. The advantage is huge for people looking for an effective procedure with less discomfort, less recovery time, and fewer hassles. For some individuals, it may even be possible to return to work and a regular routine during the healing period.
Is treatment safe?
The new Fraxel re:store DUAL laser treatment decreases the risk of infection, scarring, pigmentation change and other adverse effects that may occur with traditional resurfacing. The laser light’s wavelength allows it to pass through the first layer of skin, treating issues below the surface in the skin’s upper dermis layer, but leaving the top layer to act as a natural bandage. With this approach, the laser is able to better neutralize uneven pigment, treat precancerous spots, and reduce fine wrinkles. As the treated skin regenerates, new and younger looking skin replaces the old, without ever exposing raw skin, as is the case with traditional resurfacing. The result is a more comfortable recovery, while still achieving significant improvement.
When should I consider treatment?
Whether you’re in your 30s and just starting to see wrinkles, or in your 60s or older with deeper lines and loose skin, the Fraxel DUAL will provide noticeable results.
If you would like to know more about Fraxel, you can visit www.gatewaylasercenter.com or come in for a complimentary consultation at the Gateway Aesthetic Institute & Laser Center by calling 801-595-1600