Fraxel Dual

The Fraxel® DUAL

Fraxel Scar | Acne Treatment Northern Virginia | Fairfax | Loundon VA Plastic Surgeon
The Fraxel® DUAL treatment uses patented fractional technology to target damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin. The Fraxel® DUAL uses two wavelengths so it can treat skin both superficially and in its deeper layers. Because it is like two lasers in one, this technology allows Dr. V to treat a plethora of skin conditions and problems. Patients (30s-40s) with fine lines and mild sun damage as well as patients (50s-60s) who have deeper wrinkles and more severe sun damage will benefit from Fraxel® DUAL laser treatments. The Fraxel® DUAL laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time (leaving the surrounding tissue intact) and this promotes rapid healing because it stimulates your body’s own natural healing process to replace old cells with healthy skin.

The FDA has approved the Fraxel® DUAL treatment to improve:

  • Periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes)
  • Age spots
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and nose)
  • Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
  • Skin resurfacing
  • Tone and texture
  • Unwanted brown spots
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • The Fraxel Dual Procedure

    For your The Fraxel® DUAL laser procedure, your skin will be cleansed and numbed with a topical anesthetic ointment. Most patients describe a heating sensation during the treatment and the topical anesthesia as well as cold air will minimize any discomfort. For a full face the entire process takes 20-30 minutes depending on the size, location, and condition of your skin. During the first 24 hours your skin will appear red (like a sunburn) but this will subside and you will be able to wear makeup to reduce the redness if desired. Swelling is another common side effect from your Fraxel® DUAL treatment although it is minimal and subsides within a day or two. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, flaking, peeling, and a bronzed skin appearance. Complications are rare and there is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring and the intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of your treatment.

    Dr. V will tailor your Fraxel® program to meet your individual expectations and the number of treatments you need will depend on your overall goals and lifestyle. Although you will see a difference after only one session, clinical studies suggest that on average an effective treatment regimen is 3-5 sessions spaced approximately four weeks apart. Results are immediate and progressive with the optimal outcome visible in six months and how long your improvements last is dependent on how you care for your new skin. You will be given instructions on how to best protect your skin and carefully following Dr. V’s guidelines will help maintain your youthful look.

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    Chantilly, VA 20152
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