You see ads and offers for whiz-bang fractionating lasers and wonderdo they mean Fraxel? Are they the same thing? Unless you ask and find out its a Fraxel, its not.
Doctors and spas all over are noticing the increased interest in cosmetic procedures, and many laser companies have responded to the demand. Theyve made it easy for anybody to offer what sounds like the latest and greatest in technology.
This isnt surprisingbecause the genuine Fraxel laser does provide a remarkable new technology for reversing the effects of age and sun damage on the skin. Working below the skins surface layer, which it leaves intact, the Fraxel targets only certain cells (this is the fractionating part). Perfectly computer-controlled and evenly distributed, the laser penetrates to thousands of tiny packets of damaged collagen and eliminates these cellsand this stimulates the skin to replace them by producing new, fresh collagen and elastic tissue.
The result? Smoother skin texture, reduced pore size, toned and tightened skin. The Fraxel laser erases brown spots, including melasma (the mask of pregnancy) and smoothes wrinkles. Its the leading treatment for acne scars. And, because of its technological sophistication, a Fraxel laser treatment involves no recovery time.
Sois it any wonder some doctors want you to think their fractionating laser does what the Fraxel laser does?
A true skin expert will invest in the real dealsuch as the actual Fraxel SR 1500. Those who wish to take shortcuts will buy what is essentially a box with many handpieces available. This saves them from having to invest in the lasers these handpieces imitate. To try to imitate the Fraxel, theyll buy a fractionating handpiece. Then theyll claim this is just as good and produces the same results.
Well, imitation is a form of flattery. Unfortunately for the consumer, these devices simply cant produce the same results. In fact, sometimes theyll produce circles and stripesor worse yet, burns. Many operate at wavelengths that experts dont consider fractional at all.
The true Fraxel can be individualized to each clients needs, and delivers safe, uniform, and outstanding results. But theres no quick and easy route for doctors to use this advanced technology: specialized training is the only way to learn how best to tailor the Fraxel laser treatment for each client.
Its in your interest as a consumer to make sure youre getting both the genuine state-of-the-art technology, and the knowledgeable and properly trained professional to operate it. A Board Certified Dermatologist will understand your skins needs and the best treatment. Be sure to askand make sure youre getting a genuine Fraxel laser treatment.