Fraxel® Re:pair® Treatment
The Fraxel® re:pair® treatment is designed for patients in their late 30s-70s seeking treatment for deeper wrinkles and firmer skin without surgery. The newest product in the Fraxel® family, the Fraxel® re:pair® system is the industry’s first and only Fractional Deep Dermal Ablation (FDDA) treatment that leads to tissue contraction, tightening, and collagen remodeling. During an FDDA treatment, the skin is ablated and coagulated in deep columns called Microscopic Treatment Zones (MTZ) and the Fraxel® re:pair laser’s advanced high speed optics can deliver thousands of MTZs making it faster than other ablative fractional devices. The strongest treatment in the Fraxel® family, Fraxel® re:pair is a more aggressive procedure used to treat the most severe signs of skin damage. It is also the only system clinically demonstrated to create zones of treatment beyond 1.5 mm that are spaced evenly across the skin’s surface providing tissue tightening. Fraxel® re:pair utilizes carbon dioxide laser beams to not only diminish wrinkles, smooth rough skin, and improve discoloration: in addition Fraxel® re:pair tightens skin because of the increased new collagen found in the dermis.
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Fraxel® re:pair is the procedure of choice for severe skin issues because the technology allows for deep laser penetration and the FDA clearances for this treatment include:
- Age-related deep lines
- Hard-to-erase lip lines
- Pronounced photo damage
- Sagging face and neck skin
- Moderate to severe wrinkles
- Irregular texture and tone
Fraxel® Re:pair Technology
Because the technology behind the Fraxel® re:pair allows for deep dermal laser penetration, the treatment does involve downtime and depending on the energy strength and depth of laser delivery required, you can expect a 3-5 day recovery period before returning to normal activities. In many cases, Fraxel® re:pair is a single treatment that is considered a non-surgical breakthrough for treating wrinkles “now” to avoid a facelift “later”. Fraxel® re:pair tightens damaged skin and prevents loose skin from forming and the results are both immediate and progressive. After your treatment, the surface of your skin will more toned and softer while the next 3-6 months will bring continued improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to heal.
The Fraxel® Repair Procedure
For your Fraxel® re:pair treatment your skin will be cleansed and 60-90 minutes prior to your procedure a topical numbing agent will be applied to the targeted area (s). You may be given a relaxing medication if necessary and most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during their procedure. Unlike traditional CO2 treatments, you will feel quite comfortable immediately following your Fraxel re:pair and the actual procedure takes 20-30 minutes for a full face. Depending on the aggressiveness of your treatment, there may be some minor pinpoint bleeding following the procedure and the most common temporary side effects include swelling, redness, minor itching, dry skin, peeling, flaking, and crusting. As with all ablative laser procedures, there is an elevated risk of delayed wound healing, infection, pigmentary changes (hyperpigmentation), or scarring and all of these will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. V.
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