How is Fractional Resurfacing different from Fraxel?
Are they the same type of procedure?
It depends on the actual device because Fraxel has 3 devices. Fraxel Re:pair is fractional resurfacing. It uses fractionated CO2 to resurface the skin by ablating the skin, which means it will vaporize the top layer of the skin to the desired depth. When it does this it will eliminate some excess skin, treat scars, and stimulate collagen re-growth. This will allow for tighter skin, better skin texture, smaller pores, reduced pigments, and
less lines and wrinkles.
Fraxel also has the Fraxel Re:fine. This is non ablative. It creates tunnels on the inner surface without damaging the skin surface. It can also treat pigments, improves skin texture and pigments, and improves lines and wrinkles. The main difference is that the Fraxel Re:fine is not as strong as the Fraxel Re:pair. Its results are more gradual and requires 4 treatments vs 1 for the repair. There is a lot more downtime for the repair
( 1 wk vs 3 days). You are very gross looking initially with the repair while the refine you are much more presentable. In addition, the actual procedure itself is quite more difficult to tolerate with the repair than the refine.
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