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Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 What Is Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927?

It’s the first non-ablative fractional skin resurfacing treatment featuring technology that delivers the dramatic results of an ablative treatment with the shorter downtime and fewer side-effects of non-ablative treatments. (Read about ablative VS non-ablative therapies.)

Through the handpiece, microscopic (each thinner than a human hair) laser columns penetrate into deeper skin tissue without damaging the surface of the skin. These columns fractionally treat alternating tiny sections of the tissue, leaving surrounding tissue intact. The untouched surrounding portions begin the healing process quickly, while the treated portions expedite collagen remodeling, stimulating healthy, young cells leading to more youthful looking and feeling skin. newbeauty magazine  award winner

How does this device differ from Fraxel re:store?

Fraxel re:store used only a 1550nm wavelength laser. Fraxel DUAL adds 1927 nm (the only resurfacing device with this wavelength) which allows treatment on any skin type over any part of the body.

Other benefits over re:store:
• Fewer treatments needed to reach goal
• Faster treatment times
• The Zimmer Cooling Device chills the skin as it is treated, providing increased comfort
• Increased effectiveness on pigmentation
• Larger surface areas may be covered in a single appointment
• Practitioner can select either wavelength, or use them both during treatment

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Which conditions can be treated?

• Rough skin texture
• Actinic Keratoses
• Melasma
• Age-spots
• Fine lines around the eye
• Wrinkles
• Acne, and other, scars
• Enlarged pores

Is Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 right for me?

Because the intensity of the treatment can be adjusted to meet the patient’s needs and goals, their acceptable amount of downtime, and targeted skin conditions, Fraxel is appropriate for just about anyone. Any skin type and body area may be treated.

Key Benefits and Typical Results

• Minimized scars
• Improved texture and tone
• Diminished or removed brown spots
• Reduced wrinkles/lines around the eyes
• More radiant, younger-looking skin

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How do I prepare for treatment?

No exposure to sun or tanning beds for five weeks prior to treatment. This is essential as permanent discoloration of skin may occur.
• For four weeks, do not receive chemical peels, microdermabrasion, scrubs, or exfoliation.
• Do not use retinoids in the five days prior to appointment.
• We recommend starting a regimen with Alastin TriHex Transition Duo to maximize your results.

What happens during treatment?

About an hour before treatment, we’ll clean your skin and apply a topical anesthetic. A full-face procedure takes about twenty minutes.

During treatment a warming or prickly feeling may be experienced, but very few describe any pain. The Zimmer Cooling Device immediately distracts nerve endings with cold air blown over the treatment area.

Post-treatment care or downtime?

Sun avoidance and application of sunscreen will be essential in the weeks after your appointment.

Your recovery time will vary depending upon the plan determined during your initial consultation. A lighter treatment generally causes you to be slightly pink, but able to return to normal activities the following day. Some people may have swelling, itching, peeling, dry, red, or bronzed skin for several days after a more intense treatment.

How long until I see results?

A few days after treatment, your skin may turn bronzy. This will flake off, revealing smoother and more even skin tone, rejuvenated by your treatment. Results are immediate, and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in two to three months. New collagen will continue to regenerate your skin’s surface from beneath, improving your appearance.

How long will results last?

Consistent sunscreen use will help prevent the signs of aging from returning. Following a good skin care regimen will help your skin keep its renewed appearance. You may want “touch up” treatments over a few years’ time to address problem areas.

How many treatments will I need?

Clinical studies show that generally, a Fraxel treatment regimen is three to five appointments, about three weeks apart. However this will vary depending upon your goals, our assessment of your skin, and how intensive a treatment you wish to receive. We discuss this with our patients as it relates to the associated downtime. You will experience results after one session, but because Fraxel DUAL is a fractional device, intentionally treating only a portion of the epidermis with each session, you may want more treatments for more advanced signs of aging.

What is the science?

The Fraxel laser treats a fraction of the skin at one time, leaving the majority of the skin unaffected. Typically around 20-35% of the skin is treated in what are called “micro-thermal zones” (MTZs). These MTZs are columns of tissue heated by the laser which are much less than the diameter of a hair. By only treating a portion of the skin, the downtime and risks are minimized while the treatment depths can be significantly higher – leading to more effective treatments.

One of the lasers in the Fraxel Dual is the 1550 nm deep penetrating Erbium fiber laser. It causes very little peripheral damage when creating MTZs. In contrast, a CO2 laser vaporizes tissue (ablative resurfacing), and results in a significant recuperative period. The second laser in the Fraxel Dual is the 1927 nm Thulium fiber laser. The Thulium wavelength more effectively targets superficial skin layers for clearance of pigment. Together these lasers address both deep and superficial resurfacing.

The Fraxel DUAL is scientifically proven, with more than 50 peer-reviewed publications, supported by over 35,000 histologies and over 25 FDA-cleared indications. Over half a million procedures have been performed worldwide.