The Fraxel® Dual treatment is an FDA approved type of laser skin resurfacing that combines two wavelengths and is therefore actually two lasers in one. Each wavelength is different and treats different conditions. The first wavelength, 1927 nm, is used to treat discolored skin, freckles, sunspots, fine lines, pores, and precancerous cells. The second wavelength, 1550 nm, is used to treat acne scars and wrinkles. Both laser work by stimulating the growth of new and healthy cells.
What to Expect
The treatment itself should not take more than 20-25 minutes, but the preparation starts at least an hour before. The doctor will clean the areas that are to be treated and apply a topical anesthetic an hour before the laser is applied. The topical anesthetic alongside cold air that is applied alongside the lasers helps with the patient dealing with any discomfort they might feel from the heat of the laser.
To get the best treatment possible, you normally will need to get Dual Fraxel ® treatments done at least three to five times, spaced a month apart. There might be some immediate results, but you might not see most of the effects until two or three months after treatments.
After the treatment, you should avoid any exposure to the sun for at least three months and always wear SPF 30 alongside a broad-brimmed hat when going outside.
For the first week after treatment, your skin will be quite sensitive, so you should avoid any abrasive scrubs or toners. You should also avoid products that can irritate the skin like Retin-A or glycolic acid. During this time, keeping the treated area clean and avoid smoking, alcohol, swimming, or any other kind of activity that causes perspiration is key.
Effects of the Treatment
You will feel and look like you have a sunburn for the first 24 hours after treatment as well as will peel and flake just as it would after a sunburn. After that, you will look as if you have a suntan.
The most common side effects include redness and swelling, which subside after a few days. Other side effects include itching and dry skin. A rarer side effect is the development of an infection, scarring, or hyperpigmentation.
Who is a good candidate for Fraxel® Dual Treatment?
The ideal candidate should have elastic skin that doesn’t sag and should be completely healthy. Fraxel® Dual treatments are not recommended for people with a history of light-triggered seizures or poor wound healing. If you have taken any Accutane within the past six months, you should not partake in this treatment or should avoid using it before doing so.
We at Mariposa Medspa offer Fraxel® and Fraxel® Dual treatments. Our team of highly trained staff will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about Fraxel® Dual if you are considering it as an option. Contact us to schedule your consultation today to see if Fraxel® Dual is right for you.