FRAXEL re:pair is the long-awaited solution to age-related deep lines,
hard-to-erase lip lines, more pronounced photodamage, sagging face and neck skin.
Fraxel re:pair laser technology is unrivaled in its restorative effects on the skin.
Fraxel Repair Laser technology allows for deep dermal laser penetration. This CO2
based resurfacing system has previously unmatched response potential over other
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Frequently Asked Questions
How does Fraxel C02 Re:Pair Laser work and how is it
As opposed to traditional CO2 resurfacing lasers
which ablate 100% of the skin (vaporize and remove it
all at once), leading to extended downtime, wound care
and high risk of complications, the Fraxel re:pair Laser
is the first CO2 laser to treat the skin fractionally
and deeply. The Fraxel re:pair lays down thousands of
tiny microscopic wounds in the skin, penetrating much
deeper than traditional ablative lasers, but leaving the
cells around these tiny wounds untouched. The tissue in
each of the microscopic wounds is removed with the use
of the CO2 energy. The healthy tissue surrounding the
wounds then contracts which leads to immediate tissue
tightening. This spared tissue between treatment zones
also promotes rapid healing while stimulating collagen
production in the deep layers and new epidermal cells in
the top layer.
What does Fraxel re:pair laser treat?
- Wrinkles- mild, moderate and deep
- Skin tone, texture and pore size
- Skin laxity (tightens and smoothes skin)
- Severe sun damage
- Pigmented lesions and skin discoloration
- Acne scars and surgical scars
Fraxel re:store vs Fraxel re:pair
What is the difference and
which treatment is best for me?
Both Fraxel lasers utilize the same delivery system
(laying down thousands of microscopic spots) however
they use different energy sources. The Fraxel re:store
is non-ablative (does not remove skin), uses erbium
light and requires 3-6 treatments. The advantage of this
laser is that it treats any skin type and any body part.
It also has only minimal downtime, usually only 1-3 days
of swelling. This treatment is best for younger
patients, those with only mild wrinkling and for
patients who cannot have 3-7 days of down time.
The Fraxel re:pair is a deep dermal ablative modality
using CO2 technology that only requires a single
treatment. You can treat face, neck and chest on most
skin types. The advantages of the Fraxel re:pair are:
- Immediate Tissue Tightening
- Treats Deeper Wrinkles
- Only 1 Treatment is Necessary
The Fraxel re:pair does have more down time than the
Fraxel re:store. The Fraxel re:pair is best for patients
with severe sun damage, moderate and severe wrinkling
and for patients who would like optimal results with
only 1 treatment.
Are there any side effects?
There are always risks with any cosmetic procedure.
The most common side effects for any ablative laser are
hypopigmentation (loss of color), hyperpigmentation
(increase in color), infection and scarring. These risks
are very low with the Fraxel re:pair: there have been
zero side effects reported over 2½ years and 700
patients. Compared with traditional CO2 laser it is much
safer with much less down time and side effects.
How should I prepare for my treatment?
During your pre-Fraxel consultation visit we will
discuss which products are best to use before, during
and after your treatment. Botox may be recommended prior
to your laser treatment to relax facial movement in key
areas (such as crows feet, frown lines and forehead
creases) allowing for better laser penetration into
deeper wrinkles. For two weeks prior to your laser
treatment avoid sun exposure and self tanner and wear a
SPF 30 sunscreen daily.
How can I maximize my results and maintain them?
Since your skin will continue to age naturally, we
recommend maintaining your results by using
physician-strength rejuvenation products at home and
having periodic Fraxel re:store (non-ablative) laser
treatments annually. These will help slow down the aging
process and keep your skin younger looking, longer.
Another Fraxel CO2 re:pair may only have to be done
every few years or not at all. As always, wear a hat and
sunscreen when outdoors.
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