Fraxel® Laser Treatment is a revolutionary laser therapy that produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of precisely wounded skin, known as microthermal zones (MTZ).
This is based on a grid and this “fractional” treatment allows the skin to heal much faster because there is normal skin between the wounded areas.
Fraxel® Laser Treatments improve textural surface irregularities, scarred areas, fine wrinkles, sun damage and possibly melasma. It is also safe to use on difficult to treat areas such as neck, arms, hands, chest, as well as tanned skin or skin of color. This was a major advance when developed, as no other treatment device at that time was as safe for skin of color to remove textural or pigment abnormalities and remodel scars. It is still a groundbreaking technology that can penetrate deeply into the dermis (middle layer of skin), allowing us to break up scars and deeper pigment or skin damage.
Since the initial Fraxel®, which was known as Re:Store, the laser has been upgraded and now is called Fraxel Dual. Advanced Dermatology is one of only a handful of practices in Illinois that have this upgrade. This was named because it has two different wavelengths, the Re:store wavelength which is 1550 nm and the Thulium laser which is 1927 nm. The Re:Store works better for scars and deeper wrinkles whereas the Thulium helps with superficial sun damage including fine wrinkles and sun damage, and occasionally melasma. These wavelengths can be used by themselves or together. When used alone we call the procedure the Thulium or Re:Store, when used together we call the treatment Fraxel® Dual.