Many people spend a lifetime trying to reverse the effects of aging of the skin, which include lines and wrinkles, pigmentation, irregular texture, and looseness. Reflections is proud to be among the first practices in the country to offer the Fraxel Re:Pair, a new class of fractional carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing, which treats all of these issues, in just one treatment. The Fraxel Re:Pair uses a CO2 laser similar to the one doctors have been using for years, but instead of peeling off layers of skin, this new laser treats the underlying tissues for a smoother appearance.
This non-surgical Fraxel Re:Pair treatment removes years from your appearance without the risks and recovery time that come with traditional surgical procedures such as facelifts. The Fraxel Re:Pair is done in the office with topical anesthetic and oral medications.
The Fraxel Re:Pair laser represents the most effective technology today to reverse all of the signs of skin aging, in just one treatment!
How it works
The Fraxel Re:Pair laser system is FDA cleared. 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
- Enlarged pores
- Sun induced redness
Q & A
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 devices 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 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.
Can Fraxel Re:Pair be used to treat the lines and wrinkles around the mouth and looseness of neck skin?
Yes, these are two areas especially well suited for the Fraxel Re:Pair laser.
What is the treatment like?
We begin by imaging your skin with the Visia Complexion Analysis System, a computerized digital imaging system that establishes your baseline image and can identify abnormalities in the skin that are not yet apparent to the naked eye. This also serves as a baseline to compare to future images.
The area to be treated is then 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 hand piece 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.
What will I feel and look like following the treatment?
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.
Is there downtime?
Downtime varies from four to seven days, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.