When it comes to reversing the effects of aging on the skin, which include fine lines, deeper wrinkles, dark spots, irregular texture, and skin laxity, very few treatments can come close to the results of a CO2 laser. Reflections is proud to have been among the first practices in the country to offer the Fraxel Re:Pair CO2 Laser. This non-surgical fractional carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing treatment from Fraxel has become the gold standard for removing years from your appearance, in a single treatment.
Fraxel Re:Pair CO2 Laser Quick Facts
- Smoother, fresher, younger, and tighter-appearing skin
- Fewer lines and wrinkles
- More even tone and color
- Benefits continue to improve for several months
Fraxel Re:Pair CO2 Laser
The Fraxel Re:Pair CO2 laser system is FDA cleared for safety and efficacy. It delivers a new type of treatment called Fractional Deep Dermal Ablation (FDDA™), which can achieve dramatic improvements similar to traditional bulk ablative CO2 treatments with considerably less expected recovery time and risks. The Fraxel Re:Pair laser system distinguishes itself by its ability to remove microscopic amounts of tissue deep in the skin, surrounded by undamaged healthy tissue. This stimulates your body to produce new collagen and tightens and smooths the skin, for a younger, healthier appearance.
Improvement is noted right away, though ultimate results can be expected within three to six months.
It is an effective therapy for treating:
- Fine lines, deeper wrinkles, and furrows
- Irregular skin texture
- Areas of skin discoloration, sun and age spots, and hyperpigmentation
- Scars from surgery, trauma, and/or acne
- Enlarged pores
- Sun-induced redness
- Stretch marks
The area to be treated is first cleansed and a topical anesthetic is applied that will take effect in about 45-60 minutes. You may also be given oral medications to make your experience more comfortable. During the treatment, the laser handpiece is guided across the skin’s surface in a precise and predetermined fashion, based on the specific goals of treatment. Although there may be some slight discomfort during the treatment, most patients tolerate it well. In some cases, mild bleeding may occur. The average procedure takes approximately 30 minutes but may vary depending on the areas treated. A topical ointment is applied to the skin before you leave.
- Recovery & Downtime: Up to 4 days depending on your procedure steps
- Numbing: Oral medication, topical anesthetic
- Cost: Discuss during a free consultation
- Candidacy: Anyone with broad areas of sun damage, mild laxity, or uneven skin tone
- Duration: 3-6 months
- Why We Love It: Smoother, brighter, tighter skin in many areas of the face and body
- Is the Fraxel Re:Pair laser different from the Fraxel Re:Store?
The Fraxel Re:Pair is a CO2 laser while the standard Fraxel Re:Store is an erbium laser.The Fraxel Re:Pair usually requires only one treatment while the Fraxel Re:Store Dual requires a series of three to five treatments. The Fraxel Re:Pair is a more aggressive approach of tightening and resurfacing the skin, yielding superior results in the treatment of lines, wrinkles, and laxity. This is because it actually vaporizes tissue, thereby removing old, damaged skin and allowing for new collagen formation. However, the downtime of the Fraxel Re:Pair is more considerable than the Re:Store. Both Fraxel lasers are state-of-the-art devices, each with their own advantages and set of indications.
The physicians of Reflections own and utilize both Fraxel lasers and can help you decide which laser is most appropriate for you.
- What are the benefits one can expect?
The benefits include smoother, fresher, younger, tighter appearing skin with fewer lines and wrinkles and a more even tone and color. The benefits continue to improve for several months.
- What areas of the face and body can be treated with Fraxel Re:Pair?
Fraxel Re:Pair can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands, arms, and other areas that the doctor may determine appropriate. Eyelids can also be treated with this technology.
The Fraxel Re:Pair CO2 laser is especially well-suited to smoothing out the vertical wrinkles that appear around the mouth, sometimes called “lip lines” and the horizontal “necklace” lines that form in the neck.
- What is downtime from the new Fraxel Re:Pair MIcro-Peel 600
The new micro-peel option with this laser offers almost no downtime whatsoever. Patients experience a sunburn-like redness for up to a couple of weeks, but they miss a lot of the peeling, sensitivity, and other long-term recovery that CO2 lasers traditionally require. There is a minor tradeoff in results, and for that reason, some patients still do elect to do the more aggressive traditional Re:Pair treatment. We, of course, offer both.
- Is downtime different from traditional Fraxel Re:Pair?
Most patients experience a sunburn type sensation following the treatment, which can last for 90 minutes. The skin will be swollen for a few days and redness is expected. These are completely normal signs and reflect the healing process that is underway. Minor itching, oozing, crusting, dry skin, peeling, or flaking are other normal signs you might experience. These effects may vary in intensity and duration depending on your skin’s healing characteristics and the aggressiveness of your treatment. Moisturizers are helpful post-treatment and the use of sunscreen (30-60 SPF sunblock) is very important.
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Dr. Mitchell Chasin founded Reflections Center for skin & body as a place where physicians specializing in cosmetic medicine could focus on helping empower patients to feel their most beautiful. Dr. Chasin believes strongly that the best cosmetic physicians are those who are dedicated to mastering their craft through continuing education and collaboration with the industry’s top doctors.