Dermatologist Dr Dubow is an expert with Fraxel Repair fractional resurfacing and located in the Cedars-Sinai building in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.
The Fraxel Repair laser offers the latest state-of-the-art fractional resurfacing treatment to treat wrinkles, sun damage, skin texture, scars and uneven pigmentation. The first fractional laser was brought to the market in 2006 and has quickly become as it provides results similar to traditional resurfacing (like CO2 lasers) but without the downtime, pain or risks.
Fraxel Repair can treat problems such as:
A: The technology behind a fractional resurfacing treatment is as revolutionary as the results it can deliver. Unlike other laser treatments, fractional lasers utilize thousands of microscopic areas of skin, using pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath the skin’s surface to eliminate old, damaged skin cells. Fractional resurfacing treatments stimulate the body’s own natural healing process, which replaces damaged skin with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
A: Your skin, genetic make-up, lifestyle and personal history are unique. They all contribute to how your skin looks and feels. For most people, maximum results are realized after just one treatment.
A: Aggressive treatments require fewer sessions and result in more post treatment side effects, meaning a full week of social downtime. Less aggressive treatments accomplish the same results, with a few additional treatment sessions and less pronounced side effects. For some types of skin and skin conditions, gentle and/or fewer treatments are best.
A: Yes! Since fractional resurfacing treatment is so precise, it is safe and effective on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands, in addition to the face.
A: You can expect two levels of results, immediate and progressive. Immediately after the initial healing is complete, the surface of your skin will feel softer, look brighter, and tone will start to become even. Progressive results occur over the next 3-6 months as the deeper layers of skin continue to heal.
A: Benefits include smoother, fresher looking skin; improved tone and texture; reduced wrinkles around the eyes; improved appearance of acne and surgical scars.
A: Topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure to minimize discomfort. We will also give you some mild sedation either orally or sometimes intravenous so you may NOT drive home after your treatment. The treatment itself can be compared to a rubber band snapping on your skin along with a feeling of heat. After the treatment, most patients report tingling sensation similar to having gotten too much sun. This sensation usually disappears after 1-3 hours.
A: You will have redness and swelling. The intensity and duration depends on how aggressive the treatment was and your particular healing characteristics, but normally can last up to 1 week. Other temporary side effects include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. Facial skin typically starts to peel after a few days. You will be given specific instructions about what to expect for your particular treatment and how to minimize side effects.
A: Wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher and avoid direct sun exposure while you are healing for at least 3 months after your last treatment. Further protect yourself by wearing wide-brimmed hats if you expect to be out in the sun.
A: It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is restored, continue to protect it. We will give you specific advice based on your individual needs.
Avoid Sun for 4-6 Weeks Before Treatment: Tan skin cannot be treated as you risk burning the skin. Therefore, please take special care to avoid the sun and tanning beds on the area to be treated for 4-6 weeks before treatment. Wear broad-spectrum sun protection with SPF 30 or higher on any exposed area every day.
Cold Sores: If you have a history of cold sores, ask us about pre-care instructions.
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