Fraxel-Laser Technology for Skin Resurfacing and Rejuvenation
Perhaps the smartest laser to date is the FRAXEL laser, which uses the fractionated laser system to produce thousands of tiny heat columns deep into the dermis. In doing so, rather than removing the surface skin layer, Fraxel addresses the deeper skin tissue where most problems reside. The energy of the laser damages and removes the old collagen and abnormal pigments, and stimulates the body’s natural healing process to lay down new collagen. The result is a smoother, firmer, and brighter appearance that continues to improve over time. We have noticed significant improvement of two areas which have been traditionally hard to improve: the fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes and improvements of open pores. Because Fraxel laser leaves the surface skin intact (making it a “non-ablative” laser by definition), even if the depth and density of heat column is programmed to go very deeply, as in treating acne scars, the ample surrounding tissue unaffected by the treatment zones allow for ultra-quick healing, almost invisibly.
To date, Dr. Kang feels that frexel laser is the most effective treatment with the shortest healing time possible for acne scar. Probably the hardest to treat skin condition is melasma, commonly seen in patients of Asian descent. It is dark, dusky patches of pigmentation, mostly seen in the zone between where the outer part of lower eyelid and check meet. The principle behind treating melasma is breaking down and removing the intensity of the melasma pigmentation without creating inflammatory changes which may actually worsen the pigments. The fractionated heat column technology of the Fraxel laser, can noticeably improve melasma, probably better than most other laser technology out there due to its ability to break down the pigment while creating minimal inflammatory process.
As the original fractional laser system, Fraxel treatment affects a fraction of skin at a time with thousands of microscopic laser columns—each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle. These laser columns penetrate the surface of the skin to create tiny wounds deep in the skin, which trigger the body’s natural healing process to remodel collagen and replace damaged tissue with younger, smoother, healthier skin. Meanwhile, since the laser columns treat only a fraction of tissue at a time, they leave the surrounding tissue intact. As a result, the skin heals much faster than if the entire area were treated at once.
With this fractional technology, Fraxel treatment improves the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, discoloration, and other signs of aging and sun-damaged skin. The technology delivers the optimal balance of dramatic results and little to no patient downtime—a combination that didn’t exist before Fraxel treatment.