FRAXEL LASER TREATMENT FOR REFINED COMPLEXIONS IN TORONTO
Resurfacing is not a new technique, but Fraxel Dual treatment is revolutionary. At Dermatology on Bloor in Toronto, it is the therapy of choice to repair and improve skin texture and tone. Fraxel Dual is a fractional laser with two wavelengths, allowing the technician to treat surface pigmentation, and issues at the foundation of the skin such as laxity, deep wrinkles, and scarring.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Fraxel resurfacing laser essentially works by drilling thousands of micro columns deep into the skin, leaving surrounding zones of healthy skin unharmed. This type of treatment only targets a fraction of the skin (20 to 25 percent of surface per treatment). That allows much faster recovery than if it were treated all at once. This method uses your body’s natural healing process to create new, healthy tissue to replace skin imperfections. It stimulates a process called collagen remodeling that tightens skin and refines texture. Fraxel provides all of the improvements associated with ablative laser procedures, but without significant downtime to interfere with the daily activities of busy Toronto area patients.
WHAT CONDITIONS CAN FRAXEL ADDRESS?
Whether your skin concern is superficial or much deeper, Fraxel treatment does it all, safely and effectively addressing:
IS FRAXEL IS RIGHT FOR ME?
- Fine lines and deep-set wrinkles.
- Melasma, hyperpigmentation, lentigines, and photodamage on the face, neck, chest, forearms and hands.
- Surgical or accidental scars on the face or body.
- Acne scarring, especially pitted scars that have previously resisted treatment.
- Stretch marks.
- Loose skin and brown discoloration on backs of hands.
- Crêpe-like skin on the chest and décolleté, and horizontal neck lines.
The first step is to consult with one of our expert dermatologists at Dermatology on Bloor in Toronto. Your doctor will determine an appropriate treatment plan to address your specific complexion refinement goals. If you have any of the above concerns, and have skin type I-IV, Fraxel may be a great choice.
Dermatology on Bloor in Toronto does not perform Fraxel laser treatments on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are nursing or may be pregnant, please inform our office staff or Drs. Hanna, Schachter, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack & Taradash.
PREPARING FOR FRAXEL TREATMENT
To best prepare your skin for a series of Fraxel treatments:
THE DAY OF TREAMENT
- 4-6 weeks before – Avoid self-tanning products and sun exposure.
- 10 days before – Avoid microdermabrasion, glycolic acid peels, facials.
- 1 week before – Use of topical retinoid creams such as RetinA, Stievaa, Retisol should be discontinued.
- 3 days before – If you have had herpes simplex for cold sores, you must take antiviral antibiotics to prevent an outbreak. These can be prescribed by your dermatologist during consultation.
Please eat a well balanced meal and be sure to have plenty of rest the night before. It is important to us that you are comfortable and relaxed during treatment.
When you arrive, the nurse applies a topical anesthetic cream that stays on your skin for one hour. This anesthetic helps minimize discomfort. If you desire, additional pain medication can be prescribed and taken at this time. However, you will require a ride home after your appointment.
During treatment the technician or nurse passes the Fraxel laser over your skin several times in vertical and horizontal directions. You feel a warm prickling sensation, which most clients describe as tolerable.
AFTER YOUR FRAXEL TREATMENT
Your new skin will start to form within 24 hours. You should avoid injury to your skin and avoid sun exposure. Avoid direct sun exposure and wear sun-protective clothing such as a hat. Retin A / AHA products should be avoided 1-2 weeks post treatment. Makeup can be applied 2 to 4 days after treatment. Men can continue to shave. You may experience some mild swelling which generally subsides in two to three days, but will be sped up with the use of TNS Recovery Complex. Over the next three to fourteen days, your skin will have a bronzed appearance and will then exfoliate. A broad spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 must be applied twice a day during healing and then for several months after treatment.
Drs. Hanna, Schachter, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack & Taradash at Dermatology on Bloor are available to help patients achieve more self-esteem and confidence with treatment of this and many other dermatologic concerns.
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Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014