San Francisco Fraxel fractional laser face and body skin resurfacing treatment. Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of Fraxel laser from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com.
Fractional lasers are named as such because they deploy energy in microscopic columns instead of treating the entire surface of the skin. Fraxel® is one of the original fractional technologies. It has been available at medical spas and physicians’ offices for more than a decade. The popularity of these minimally-invasive skin resurfacing procedures can be attributed to the desire to look more refreshed and youthful with minimal downtime.
Fraxel® offers two non-ablative options. The first is Fraxel® Refine for the younger patient looking to prevent aging and maintain youthful skin. The second is Fraxel® Dual for treating mild to moderate skin damage and pigment issues in patients over 30. Fraxel® Repair addresses moderate to severe skin aging. It’s an ablative treatment, however, which is more comparable to CO2 laser and results in significant downtime and increased discomfort for patients.
Despite Fraxel’s popularity and ubiquity, it has several drawbacks. For starters, the downtime associated with healing after a Fraxel treatment can be more unpredictable. Some patients have very little downtime whereas other patients can be swollen and red for 1-2 weeks. Fraxel® treatments are normally sold in packages of three or more. That’s because strictly non-ablative treatments require multiple sessions to achieve the same level of correction as with one or two sessions with a more current laser system. For moderate to severe skin damage and pigmentation issues it may be more beneficial to consider a hybrid fractional procedure. It combines both ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to address various skin aging concerns.
Another challenge with Fraxel® is treating hormone related Melasma. Individuals with darker skin types who are naturally predisposed to hyperpigmentation must be treated with extreme caution. Laser technicians need to be careful not to burn the skin or exacerbate pre-existing pigmentation lesions. Therefore, before Fraxel® can be performed this group of patients they would need to follow a carefully supervised pre-treatment protocol with a Hydroquinone cream to ensure proper skin healing and a satisfactory end result.
Fractional skin resurfacing has come a long way since Fraxel® was first introduced. A new generation of innovative, state-of-the-art fractional devices now offer superior precision, customization and results. The Halo fractional laser by Sciton® is a revolutionary new technology. It’s capable of addressing a multitude of skin concerns faster, safer and for a broader spectrum of skin types than its predecessors. Additionally, Halo allows for a predictable amount of downtime. Only a few days of redness and possibly some swelling normally occurs (see photo below).
Halo is the first and only hybrid laser that features dual wavelengths. Essentially it delivers both ablative and non-ablative resurfacing simultaneously. Halo’s non-ablative wavelength penetrates to 1470 nm and targets the deeper layers to address sun damage, wrinkles, acne scars, pigment issues and texture irregularities. The second ablative wavelength at 2940 nm is performed by the Er:YAG laser which accelerates healing and cellular regeneration by removing damaged tissue from the skin’s surface.
The Halo laser treatment available at Azala Medical Aesthetics offers another unique feature: protective ‘band-aids.’ As the two lasers deliver energy into the skin they fire in a circular or “halo” shape around one another which creates a ‘band-aid’ effect – covering the microscopic wounds using one’s own tissues. The end result is superior skin rejuvenation with only five days of social downtime and much lower risk of undesirable side-effects.
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* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.