Since 2012, Dr. Chang has been the lead physician that provides Fraxel® treatments to our patients. Fraxel® is a proven non-invasive laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel.
Integrated Dermatology is a Fraxel® Premier Center. We help patients with all skin types take away years of sun damage and “wear and tear”. Fraxel is ideal for those who want to look good—and want real results—but don’t want the major changes or extended downtimes that come with surgery.
What is Fraxel®?
Fraxel® is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections such as fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring, and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas, so the results are focused and effective.
Why should I choose Integrated Dermatology for my Fraxel treatment?
Integrated Dermatology physicians are Fraxel Premier Providers that are specially trained to provide Fraxel laser treatments. It is important to find an experienced provider who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you.
Here at Integrated Dermatology, we value your trust in us and will work together with you to meet your aesthetic goals.
What is Fraxel® effective on?
- Pigmentation, minimizing the appearance of age spots
- Sun damage, helping heal dangerous skin damage
- Actinic Keratosis (AK), a common pre-cancerous skin condition
- Fine lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and brow lines
- Surface scarring, erasing effects of acne and other scarring
How does a Fraxel DUAL treatment work?
Fraxel DUAL laser treatment targets aging and sun-damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. And since the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes very rapid healing. Fraxel DUAL treatment resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
How long do the positive effects of Fraxel DUAL treatments last?
It depends on your particular condition and how you care for your skin. Once your skin is treated, continue to protect it as described above. We will give you specific advice based on your individual needs.
What side effects can I expect after a Fraxel DUAL treatment and how long will they last?
Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a Fraxel DUAL treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance.
There is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring. The intensity and duration of side effects depend on the aggressiveness of a treatment and on your particular healing characteristics. We will provide specific instructions about what to expect and how to minimize any side effects.
What should I expect after a Fraxel DUAL treatment?
During the first 24 hours after a treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Your doctor will recommend skin products that will help the healing process
Does a Fraxel DUAL treatment hurt?
Most patients describe an increased sensation of heat during the treatment. To minimize discomfort, topical anesthesia is applied before the procedure and cold air is used on the treatment area during the procedure. After the treatment, most patients feel like they have a sunburn, which usually diminishes in 1 to 3 hours.
How much does Fraxel cost?
It varies from patient to patient depending on the number of treatments required to achieve your desired aesthetic goal. We have discounts based on packages as well as flexible payment plans to meet your goals and needs. Treatments start at $1,000.
How many Fraxel treatments will I need and how will they be spaced?
On average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. Depending on your condition and schedule, we may choose to space treatment sessions further apart or reduce the number of treatment sessions.
Results are immediate and progressive, with optimal improvement usually visible in 2 to 3 months. This time frame and treatment structure allow for complete healing and the production of new collagen and elastin to replace damaged tissue.
How are Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatments performed?
About 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic cream will be applied to the treatment area in the office. The Fraxel DUAL procedure takes 15-20 minutes for a full face.
What FDA clearances has Fraxel DUAL treatment received?
- Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Age spots/sunspots
- Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the face)
- Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
- Skin resurfacing
What are the benefits of Fraxel DUAL treatments?
- Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin
- Improved tone and texture
- Erasing of unwanted brown spots
- Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
- Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
How much does a Fraxel DUAL treatment cost?
The cost of the treatment varies, depending on your condition and the areas to be treated. We recommend a consultation to provide an accurate estimate. Keep in mind that maximum benefit is usually achieved with an average of 3 to 5 treatment sessions spaced about 4-6 weeks apart. We have package discounts available with flexible payment plans to meet your budget and treatment goals.
What precautions should I take after a Fraxel DUAL treatment?
You should wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you're in the sun.
Can I be treated with Fraxel dual if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
It is not recommended that you receive Fraxel Dual treatment while you are pregnant or nursing.
What should I tell my doctor?
- All your medical conditions
- If you are pregnant or nursing
- If you have an active skin infection or eruption
- Currently on oral retinoid (such as Accutane) or drugs similar in class
- Predisposition to keloid formation or excessive scarring
- Lesions suspicious for malignancy