Plastic Surgery Channel expert Dr Bryan Forley from New York City talks about new technology for skin rejuvenation called the Fraxel Restore dual laser treatment.
The Fraxel ReStore Dual laser is an FDA approved laser treatment that was introduced 5-6 years ago that revolutionized the use of laser energy or wavelengths for skin treatments. This treatment produces targeted treatment zones in the skin which allows the remaining area to be unaffected. The specific wavelengths when delivered to the skin create a desired smoothing effect on wrinkles, pigmentation, acne scars. The new fraxel technology divides the lasers into individual zones of heat so that instead of blanketing the skin with the light and injuring the skin, only a specific area can be treated. These individualized treatment zones can now be seen as pixels on a television screen and depending on the density of the zones that it was administered to, about 20-25% of the area of the skin will be covered.
Dr. Forley is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in aesthetic facial, breast and body contouring surgery. He has been in private practice in Manhattan since 1994. He brings a plastic surgeon’s aesthetic judgment and understanding of anatomy and aging to the use of the Fraxel Re:store Dual Laser Treatment.
With the new fraxel restore dual laser technology, there are two wavelengths – a deeper penetrating wavelength, the Erbium fiber which is the 1550 wavelength which targets the deep layer of collagen and treats wrinkles, texturing of the skin, pores etc. There is also a superficial Thulium fiber wavelength, the 1927 wavelength which is very effective for pigmentations and helps relieve signs of aging due to exposure to sun and other brown pigmentation.
The benefit of having both wavelengths available on the same fraxel restore dual laser device is that both treatments can occur easily and different concerns can be addressed at the same time. The wavelengths can be mixed and matched to provide a desired effect to the patient.
The fraxel laser treatments show short term redness and swelling which lasts for a few days, but there is no visible wound from the treatment. Usually about 4 treatments which are spaced two to four weeks apart produce are required to achieve the desired results with the non ablative laser which means that the treatment reaches the inner layers of the skin without harming the outer layer.