How Fraxel Dual is raising the bar in Franklin, TN laser therapy
At CoolSprings Laser, Aesthetic & Skin Care Center in Franklin, TN, our focus is on providing highly customized solutions. We have a diverse team of aesthetic medical professionals and put the latest advanced technology at their fingertips. This gives us the skills and tools to meet the individual needs of each patient, with options ranging from surgical facelifts to no-downtime rejuvenation. The Fraxel Dual laser is among our favorite go-to treatments for patients seeking powerful antiaging with minimal side effects or recovery.
What is Fraxel?
Fraxel is one of the most familiar names in cosmetic medical devices. Its introduction marked the beginning of a new era in antiaging treatment, thanks to fractionated laser resurfacing. The technology is amazingly sophisticated, but the concept behind it is quite simple – it divides a laser beam into multiple, smaller beams.
To understand the significance of fractional lasers, imagine a well-lit city street. It is dotted with light sources, lining the sidewalk, in parking lots, on porches, and radiating from windows. Now imagine all that light – enough to illuminate the whole street – coming from a single lamp. It would be blinding. Similarly, a laser beam strong enough for deep skin resurfacing is so powerful that it is damaging. Fractionated lasers, like the multitude of street lights, accomplish the same purpose in a safer, gentler way.
Raising the bar – again
Ablative laser resurfacing actually removes, or vaporizes, skin’s surface, achieving dramatic improvement. Non-ablative (non-wounding) lasers leave the surface uninjured but yield subtle results. Fraxel sought to provide the results of ablative treatment with the experience of non-ablative treatment. It truly excelled in firming, smoothing, and refreshing skin. It also improved pigmentation problems, but those results were less impressive – until Fraxel Dual was introduced.
This device is literally two lasers in one, combining 1550 and 1927 wavelength beams. Therefore, therapeutic energy simultaneously targets excess pigmentation while stimulating deep collagen production. It creates microcolumns separated by unaffected tissue, allowing for rapid healing while your skin rejuvenates from the inside out.
The benefits of Fraxel Dual
Why is Fraxel Dual among the most requested skin rejuvenation treatments?
- Take years off your appearance without significant downtime
- Non-invasive procedure, no needle and no surgery involved
- Visible results with just one treatment session (for most patients, a full treatment includes several sessions)
- Enhanced patient comfort during the procedure, due to advanced integrated cooling
- Fast recovery and mild side effects
- Rediscover your younger self without the extended downtime and dramatic changes involved in surgery
Who is a good candidate?
Fraxel is often recommended for men and women who want to improve signs of aging, sun damage, acne scars, and other skin concerns. It is best for those who want a powerful treatment that can deliver significant results, without extensive downtime.
The procedure is gentle and noninvasive, so there are few contraindications. Individuals with medical conditions that cause light sensitivity or those with severely inhibited healing ability are generally not candidates for laser treatment. Additionally, certain types of skin concerns might be better addressed by a different treatment. These and other potential issues will be discussed during the initial consultation.
What Fraxel can treat
After learning about your medical history, treatment goals, and scheduling preferences, we will recommend the most appropriate solution for your unique needs. Fraxel is likely to be a good choice if you want to improve:
- Fine lines, crepe-like crinkled skin, mild laxity, and superficial wrinkles
- Scars or pigmentation caused by acne
- Certain types of minor surgical injury-related scars
- Actinic keratosis (AK) precancerous lesions
- Brown spots, freckles, and other pigmentation concerns
- Uneven skin tone or dull complexion
- Enlarged pores and textural irregularities
- Sun damage and signs of aging
One of the great benefits of Fraxel is its remarkable versatility, powerful enough to take on serious skin concerns yet gentle enough for use in delicate areas. It can be used on most areas of the face and body.
Fraxel treatment areas:
- Face, including the eyelids and around the eyes
- Neck, décolleté area, shoulders, chest
- Hands and arms
What to expect
We take care to ensure your comfort during laser treatment. First, the skin is cleansed and prepared with application of topical anesthetic. Discomfort is further reduced by Fraxel’s unique integrated air-cooling system. You can expect to feel heat, but most patients describe it as very tolerable.
The length your appointment depends on the size of the area being treated. You can expect about an hour for preparation, because the topical anesthetic needs time to take effect before we begin. The actual procedure is normally quick, usually a half hour or less for facial treatment. Additional areas or larger areas will take longer.
A cooling gel, ice pack, or both, are applied immediately after treatment. Your skin will likely be red and feel sensitive, as if you had been sunburned. This usually subsides considerably after about 24 hours and continues fading over the next few days. Most patients can return to normal activities and wear cosmetics within one to three days. Skin may develop a bronzish appearance for a week or two, and there may be some flaking.
Results develop gradually. As skin heals, pigmented lesions slough off, and new collagen develops. You will see continued improvement for weeks following a Fraxel session. There is noticeable improvement after just one session, though most patients will need a series of treatments to achieve their desired outcome.
Rediscover a younger you
Fraxel is not intended to dramatically change your appearance. Instead, it is designed to erase the damage that skin endures over time. Age, sun exposure, environmental factors, health, skin disease, and many other factors take a toll on your skin. Fraxel works by helping skin repair itself, gently yet powerfully.
The power to turn back the clock is in the palm of your hand. Just pick up your phone and call (615) 656-4030 to schedule a cosmetic consultation with CoolSprings Laser, Aesthetic & Skin Care Center. We are here to help you look and feel your best, with convenient treatment options that fit your hectic lifestyle.