Photodamage, fine lines and wrinkles, brown spots make you look older with a tired look. Fraxel Dual will safely and effectively rejuvenate your skin to make it look young and beautiful again.
With several patients who specifically want to address the quality of their skin, Dr. Schwarzburg is proud to be offering his patients the Fraxel Dual laser treatment at his New York medical spa located on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. The Fraxel treatment offers long term results for patients with various skin concerns without the typical downtime involved in other laser resurfacing procedures. Fraxel is FDA approved and is great for a variety of skin restoration processes, including the improvement of skin tone and texture, treatment of pigmentation, sun spots, and sun damage, crapiness, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. This laser treatment can be used in various treatment areas including all over the body, the face, neck, décolletage, back, hands, arms, and legs. The Fraxel laser treatment is particularly ideal to address issues with more superficial layers of the skin and can even reduce pore size, acne and surgical scarring, and stretch marks. Dr. Schwarzburg treats many of his patients with Fraxel for amazing results.
What does Fraxel Laser treat?
The Fraxel laser procedure is FDA approved to treat a variety of skin conditions including different types of scars, such as acne scars (that are often atrophic ice pick and boxcar scars) as well as surgical scars from operations or injuries. In addition, Fraxel treats fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, perioral lines (the fine lines around the mouth), and periocular lines (the fine lines around the eyes). Fraxel is well known for its ability to treat a large variety of pigmentation conditions, such as sun spots, age spots, freckles, sun damage, uneven pigmentation and discoloration, overall skin tone, and texture. While treating all the above mentioned conditions, Fraxel has the added benefit of minimizing pore size and optimizing the overall condition of the skin.
What is Fraxel Laser Treatment?
With various fractional lasers to choose from, Fraxel is one of the brands highest in demand. There are several companies that claim their lasers to be Fraxel lasers, that truly do not compare to the actual abilities of the true Fraxel laser. Fraxel differs from other lasers in its ability to pinpoint microscopic areas of skin to stimulate collagen production and to heal and restore the skin and each and every one of its impurities at a minimal or larger scale.
Not only does Fraxel immediately after the first treatment and the week following the treatment reveal its benefits, but will leave you with long term results visible within only a few days after your initial procedure. The treatment is quick and works through controlled damage to microscopic areas of the skin, to stimulate the body’s own collagen production, leaving you with brighter, clearer, smoother, firmer, and completely rejuvenated skin. While one treatment will suffice for many, depending on the severity of the condition to be addressed, more than one treatment may be necessary for optimal Fraxel laser results.
Fraxel laser resurfacing
Other laser treatments are known for their incredibly long recovery time due to the use of ablative lasers. Fraxel differs from these lasers as it penetrates deep into the skin to address microscopic columns and small areas of tissue at a time, without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. Though you may think such precision would take longer, this treatment is actually quicker and far more effective during and after the procedure. Being the first FDA approved fractionated laser in NYC for non ablative laser skin resurfacing, Fraxel rejuvenates the skin like no other laser treatment and produces new and healthy skin cells at a quick and effective rate. The treatment works through controlled micro damage to the skin, which results in the stimulation of collagen production, leaving you with younger looking and more radiant skin.
How Fraxel Treatment Works
The Fraxel Dual laser treatment consists of two different settings, meaning that there are two lasers in one, each of which have different wavelengths. The 1927 wavelength is a Thulium laser allowing the removal of pigmentation, skin discoloration, age spots, sun damage, and more from the top layer of the skin. The 1550 wavelength, the erbium component of Fraxel Dual, is designed to help with skin texture, find lines, wrinkles, scars, and unevenness. This Fraxel laser in NYC is meant to address deeper layers of the skin to produce new collagen and elastin which will smooth out any unevenness on the skin.
The Fraxel laser treatment also includes a Zimmer, which emits cold air along with the laser in order to alleviate any discomfort during the procedure as laser treatments can be painful sometimes.
How is the Fraxel Treatment Procedure Performed?
Before scheduling the treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg always holds a one on one consultation with his interested patients to confirm that they are a candidate for the procedure. This includes a discussion on the patient’s questions, concerns, skin conditions, medical history, and more. If the patient meets all the requirements for Fraxel dual, and it is confirmed that they are a candidate for the treatment, they may move forward with the treatment either day of the consultation or another day and time that fits both the patient’s and Dr. Schwarzburg’s schedule. 30 to 60 minutes prior to the treatment, the treatment area will be properly sanitized and a topical lidocaine rich numbing cream will be applied to avoid any discomfort. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the Fraxel Dual 1550/1927 treatment may take anywhere from 20 minutes to a full hour to complete. Once the procedure is finished, the skin on the treatment area will feel very much like a sunburn. You will be provided with an ice pack to reduce swelling and discomfort after the treatment, as well as a cream to avoid excessive drying out of the skin.
Dr. Schwarzburg frequently combines Fraxel dual with other skin tightening and rejuvenating procedures. This may include dermal fillers such as Juvederm, or neurotoxins such as Botox to eliminate further lines and wrinkles. Because Fraxel laser is ultimately designed to rejuvenate and tighten the skin, one injectable treatment commonly used in addition is an under eye filler, which adds extra brightness and rejuvenation to the overall face.
Regardless of what your desired result is, Dr. Schwarzburg will come up with a customized treatment plan that will meet your needs. This may include Fraxel dual alongside various other treatments over the course of several months. Fraxel is also often combined with Secret RF, particularly if the goal is to eliminate deep scarring, in which case the combination of the two can lead to amazing results.
The down time associated with Fraxel is minor, though redness may proceed until a full month after the treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and your desired result, you can benefit from 1 to 5 treatments, which also varies based on your personal response to the treatment and additional measures taken to add on to the Fraxel treatment alone. You can expect an overall improvement of your skin texture, tone, and visible rejuvenation.
Fraxel Laser FAQs
Am I a candidate for Fraxel laser treatment?
If you are in overall good health mentally and physically and are struggling with skin irregularities and conditions such as pigmentation, sun damage, stretch marks, pore size, and scarring of sorts, then yes, you are a candidate for Fraxel. Patients with lighter skin colors, specifically type I through type III skin tones, tend to respond better to the Fraxel treatment, while those with darker skin tones should opt for chemical peels or eMatrix laser instead. Moderate to severe acne breakouts or overall active acne, will not be ideal for the Fraxel laser treatment, as the treatment involves heat and could spread the acne rather than help it. For this reason, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends waiting until the acne is under control before undergoing this laser treatment.
Should melasma be treated by the Fraxel laser?
Melasma and its hyperpigmentation can unfortunately get worse from any laser treatment, making Fraxel the wrong treatment. If you have melasma, chemical peels such as Cosmelan are more ideal that a Fraxel treatment. Dr. Schwarzburg can not stress enough how important it is to have a consultation with your physician before scheduling an appointment for a Fraxel treatment. The last thing you want is to get a treatment that is not ideal for you and could make your case worse, rather than better.
How many Fraxel laser treatments will I need?
Depending on the severity of your case and your desired outcome, your desired results can be achieved with anywhere from one to five sessions of Fraxel laser treatments. If your goal is to treat facial pigmentation due to sun damage, sun spots, and age spots, three Fraxel laser treatments spaced one month apart will usually suffice. Each Fraxel laser session will address and treat 25 – 40 percent of the treatment area, meaning that multiple sessions will be needed for optimal results.
If you are trying to address fine lines, wrinkles, or scars such as acne scars, typically the average recommendation is around five sessions spaced apart by one month each. The treatment is also often combined with other treatments to improve scarring, such as Secret RF microneedling, which is also spread out over the course of several months.
What is the difference between Fraxel laser treatment and other skin resurfacing lasers?
Fraxel laser resurfacing is a non ablative fractional laser treatment that treats microscopic areas of the skin without damaging the surrounding tissue. Other resurfacing lasers typically use ablative technology, which create a would removing the outside layer of the skin (the epidermis) and heats up the dermis (the skin underneath). The ablation causes controlled heat damage to the skin, which causes the skin to regrow and stimulates new collagen and elastin production and regeneration. This process causes the skin to become smoother. The downside is, that ablative lasers come with a lot of downtime and overall time to heal. As a non ablative laser, Fraxel laser is able to stimulate new collagen and elastin and improve the quality of the skin’s tone and texture with less recovery time and no damage to the surrounding tissue.
How much does a Fraxel laser cost?
If you are wondering how much does Fraxel cost, the Fraxel cost can vary depending on the severity of your case, the treatment area, the number of treatments needed, and the qualifications of the expert providing you with the treatment. If you are having a technician treat you rather than a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, the price will likely be lower. The average Fraxel laser treatment cost in New York ranges anywhere from $1200 to $2000 per session.
Does Fraxel treatment tighten the skin?
Fraxel is a great treatment that will not only improve your skin tone and skin texture, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help treat various types of scars, but will also tighten your skin. Using the 1550 setting, the Fraxel treatment causes controlled damage to the skin causing your body to produce extra collagen and elastin which results in a tightening effect due to fine scar tissue formed along the treatment area. If you explore Fraxel laser reviews, you will likely find some comments about skin tightening, though the majority will be about the amazing changes in pigmentation that people are seeing in their skin.
What are the side effects of Fraxel?
Because Fraxel is a non ablative laser, the side effects are far more minimal than those of an ablative laser. Even so, the possibility of risks and side effects is still present just as it is with any other medical treatment. The risks include scarring, hyperpigmentation, and infection. If you are prone to acne breakouts, Dr. Schwarzburg may prescribe an antibiotic for you to use after your laser facial in NYC to avoid the spread of acne once the treatment is complete. If you have a history of herpes or cold sores, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends you take Valtrex the day of the procedure to avoid an outbreak.
Before and after your treatment, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends applying good sun protection to your skin to avoid any kind of sun damage. Your skin will be particularly sensitive after the treatment, so be sure to avoid the sun for 2 weeks after your treatment to avoid any sun burns or additional damage.
Fraxel is approved for the treatment of melasma, however, Dr. Schwarzburg recommends other treatments to use for melasma over Fraxel. In addition, patients with lighter skin tones, including skin types I through III are more ideal patients for the treatment than those with darker skin tones.
What should I expect after Fraxel treatment?
If you are getting a Fraxel treatment in which only the Fraxel 1550 setting is used, then you will likely only have some redness and swelling for approximately 48 hours following the treatment. Be sure to practice proper skin care after your procedure, including the application of the best moisturizer after Fraxel, which is thick, and sunscreen.
If the 1927 wavelength is used for your treatment, there will be some peeling after your treatment for up to 5 – 7 days. During the first two days, you will experience some redness similar to that of a sunburn, followed by the peeling which will begin around day 3 – 7. It is extremely important to avoid sun exposure to your new skin to protect it from any damage.
In addition to avoiding sun exposure, it is also important not to use hydroquniones, retinoids, or exfoliating products or scrubs during the first month following the treatment, The main products that may (and should) be used on the skin are thick moisturizers as well as sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 30. If you notice any signs of acne breakouts, be sure to contact Dr. Schwarzburg immediately so he can prescribe you an antibiotic to avoid the further spread of your acne.
One of the primary benefits of fractional laser resurfacing is the minimal downtime compared to any other laser treatment. After Fraxel skin resurfacing, the only things to look out for are to protect your skin from the sun. While you are able to resume regular activities, the redness and discomfort once the numbing cream wears off may make you want to stay in for the first day.
Is Fraxel worth it?
Fraxel is an incredible cosmetic laser treatment that is FDA approved to improve sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and more. It is very popular to treat a variety of conditions in the skin and several treatment areas from the face to areas of the body.
Should a dermatologist or medspa perform Fraxel laser resurfacing?
Getting your Fraxel laser treatment administered by a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist is typically preferred as they have extensive experience in skin and laser treatment. Before you schedule an appointment please be sure to do extensive research on your practitioner to make sure that they have all the necessary qualifications to carry out the procedure.
What is laser resurfacing?
Laser resurfacing involves the use of a laser to remove damaged cells from the outer layers of the skin. Ablative laser resurfacing goes deeper into the skin and removes the epidermis, which is the outer layer of the skin. This also tightens the dermis, which is the sub-layer of the skin. With Ablative laser resurfacing, recovery time can take several weeks. Non ablative laser resurfacing uses a more superficial penetration of the epidermis but also eliminates sun damaged skin cells. Because the intensity is not as high as with an ablative laser, it may require more than just one session for optimal results. In return, you will be left with minimal downtime and recovery, making the non ablative Fraxel recovery preferable for most.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing works with the use of microbeams of laser energy to create controlled damage to certain areas of the skin. During this process, thin layers of damaged skin cells will be eliminated and new collagen, elastin, and healthy tissue is produced. Ultimately this process results in a smoother and more even toned skin. In addition, the health of your skin can be improved as sun damaged and pre cancerous skin cells are removed during laser resurfacing.
What makes Fraxel different?
Fraxel is a fractionated carbon dioxide laser that treats various areas of the skin, without affecting or damaging any of the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Compared to a series of other laser treatments, this makes Fraxel a much less aggressive and invasive approach that allows for more precision with less downtime.
Can I combine Fraxel with other facial rejuvenation procedures?
Fraxel can be combined with a variety of facial rejuvenation procedures. If you are looking to add volume to seemingly sunken areas of the face, such as the under eyes and cheeks, dermal fillers, such as Restylane are the way to go. For more of a lift, many patients even get jaw contouring procedures to give their entire face a more lifted and rejuvenated look. Jaw contouring may include various dermal fillers such as Juvederm, jaw slimming using Botox, or a more dramatic tool used for a non surgical face lift, the PDO thread lift.
Depending on the patient’s goals, Dr. Schwarzburg may also suggest combining Fraxel with other treatments specifically designed for the skin, such as Secret RF. Other skin treatments offered at Skinly Aesthetics that may be combined with Fraxel laser include the AquaGold facial as well as the Hydrafacial.
What should I expect during treatment?
Before the treatment your skin will be properly sanitized to avoid any risk of infection. You will also be provided with a topical numbing cream which is applied to the treatment area 30 minutes prior to the treatment. You will be wearing protective goggles to keep your eyes from damage from the laser energy. During the treatment you will feel stinging and heat, and the appointment will last up to one hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Can Fraxel laser treat my acne scars?
Fraxel laser is a wonderful tool to use to treat various types of acne scars, such as atrophic, ice pick, rolling, and boxcar scars. Hypertrophic scars, however, are not easily treated with Fraxel, particularly in patients with darker skin tones. Fraxel is ideal for patients with type I through type III skin tones. It is also important to note that Fraxel for acne scars should only be used if the acne is under control, as active acne may spread with the heat exerted with laser treatments.
Is Fraxel painful?
Before each Fraxel treatment, you will be provided with a topical lidocaine rich numbing cream which will be applied onto the treatment area for 30 – 40 minutes prior to the treatment to avoid any discomfort. While most patients have reported some level of discomfort, pain, heat, and stinging, the treatment itself is tolerable and does not require any patient to be put under.
Are there different types of Fraxel lasers?
The best and most powerful laser is the Fraxel Dual, which is the laser that Dr. Schwarzburg utilizes at his medical practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Because it essentially has two lasers both designed to target different layers of the skin, and is able to treat the skin in a non ablative manner, there is very little downtime involved in the treatment. Fraxel Repair is an ablative laser and is used in more severe cases. While it is very effective, you can expect additional recovery and Fraxel laser downtime with Fraxel Repair as it is more intense.
How soon until I see results from Fraxel?
Fraxel facial results can be seen immediately after your first treatment, however, your skin will be red over the course of the next 2 days. Over the course of the first week you will begin to see fewer pigmentation concerns and less scarring. For more dramatic results and depending on the severity of the original state of your skin, several treatments may be recommended and should be spaced out by one month each. Pay attention to your results from Fraxel laser day by day, and watch your skin transform with Fraxel NYC.
How long will the results of Fraxel last?
The results of Fraxel can last a long time depending on how you care for your skin after the treatment. This is why it is always better to view the results not in terms of longevity, but in terms of quality of results. Many patients end up getting 2 – 4 treatments yearly to maintain their results for long term skin clarity.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for Fraxel laser that is close and near to you with Dr. Schwarzburg to discuss a potential Fraxel dual treatment for yourself, please call us at (212) 774-4254, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.