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HEALTH & FITNESS: SPRING 2014 Fraxel DUAL Laser — your path to clear skin

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 2:38 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

With summer just around the corner, we all want beautiful, blemish-free skin to enjoy. For some of us, that means a clear complexion without freckles or dark spots. For others, it means getting rid of those acne scars or wrinkles we’ve had forever. The good news is that there is a single laser device that can help with both: Fraxel DUAL.

Fraxel DUAL is one of the most effective laser treatments available today. The laser essentially works to reduce or completely eliminate blemishes on the skin’s surface, while improving the overall tone and texture of the underlying skin. Fraxel DUAL works with your body to stimulate a natural healing process that will quickly reveal skin that is rejuvenated and free of blemishes.

The introduction of this technology has made skin resurfacing a much more approachable treatment, and has quickly made Fraxel DUAL one of the leading laser treatments for discolorations, acne scars, wrinkles, and other common complaints.

Fraxel DUAL belongs to a group of laser treatments that are known as “nonablative,” which means that they do not create open wounds on the skin. Fraxel DUAL treatments are able to provide the same level of effective treatment as older ablative lasers, but with far less downtime and discomfort. During Fraxel DUAL treatment, the laser will create thousands of tiny, deep columns within the skin, known as thermal zones. Around each area of treatment, there will be portions of the skin that are left completely untouched, which allows for better and faster healing. The tiny wounds stimulate the skin’s natural healing process to create new, healthier tissue and encourages the production of collagen to provide overall skin rejuvenation.

Collagen is responsible for the firmness and elasticity of the skin, which depletes naturally with age. In this way, Fraxel DUAL not only eliminates the targeted skin complaint, but also improves the overall condition of the skin. As the skin heals after the laser treatment, new skin appears in its place, eliminating discolorations, brown spots, acne scars, and wrinkles.

After the treatment, your skin will quickly begin to undergo some changes. For the first 3 days or so, the patient may experience redness and swelling. After this, the skin will peel for another week or two, in a manner similar to the peeling that occurs after a sunburn. Within 2 to 3 weeks, you should begin seeing the results of the treatment, with clearer skin. The skin will continue to improve over time, especially the firmness and areas of scarring or wrinkles. Most patients report only mild discomfort during the procedure and recovery period. While most patients achieve good results with a single treatment, some patients may require a series of treatments. This all depends on just how bad the skin damage is. This is exactly why I advise my patients to take care of the problem as soon as possible — the longer you wait, the more treatment you may need.

Fraxel DUAL is a great noninvasive way to improve the appearance of your skin, including pigmentation, wrinkles and acne scaring.

For more information visit www.goldenberg dermatology.com/fraxel-DUAL/

Gary Goldenberg, M.D.
Assistant Professor Dermatology and Pathology
Medical Director Dermatology Faculty Practice
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
5 East 98th St., 5th floor
New York, NY 10029
For Appointment call:
(212) 241-9728
 

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