Plastic Surgery & Med Spa in Austin, TX

Phone 512-298-1055

Tag: fractional co2 laser

Fraxel Laser Austin

What is Fraxel Laser? Fraxel Laser is a form of laser resurfacing and skin tightening using a fractional CO2 laser.   The laser beam is split into thousand of little dots that are used to perforate the skin (fractional laser).  This causes the upper layer of skin where discoloration, roughness and fine lines are present,  to peel off in 3-4 days.  This leaves a shiny, new fresh upper layer of skin that alone will take years off the face.  The fraxel laser also introduces a great deal of heat into the lower layer of skin where collagen is made.  Collagen is the building block of skin.  The heat stimulates the skin cells  to make new collagen and leads to skin tightening starting 3-4 weeks after the procedure.  This skin tightening will go for months and can be aided by the use of retinoids and growth factors. Is laser resurfacing safe? Does it hurt? By splitting the laser beam into scattered dots, the old, untreated skin is maintained between the dots.  This old skin acts as a natural band-aid that stays on until the new skin is ready to emerge.  As a result, the risks of infection and scarring is greatly reduced.  It is an intense procedure and we apply topical anesthetic cream 45 minutes before the procedure.  After the procedure your skin is cooled with cold, wet soaks.  You will continue a specific skin care regimen at home for several weeks. What is the laser resurfacing downtime? There will be several days of redness and swelling until the skin peels.  After the skin has peeled, the skin will be pink for up to a week .   It will be necessary to keep the skin moist with the products we provide as it heals.  We will also prescribe several oral medications including pain medication to help with your recovery.  Sun exposure must be strictly avoided after the procedure. Is fraxel laser the best choice for me? Bang for your buck, laser skin resurfacing is the best treatment to remove sun damage and tighten skin.  There are other procedures with less downtime like the Microneedling, chemical peels and photofacials.  A free consultation is required to determine which procedure is best for you. What else can Fraxel laser treat? Acne scars are very troubling for many people and difficult to treat.  They consist of damage in the deep, dermal layer of the skin.  Surface treatments are ineffective. Laser resurfacing offers the ability to remove the upper layers of skin and introduce heat into the dermal layer.  The heat stimulates skin cells in the dermis to make collagen and remodel the collagen present.   This can lead to softening of the acne scars and multiple treatments are often required.…

Continue Reading..

What are Fraxel Laser Treatments? Fraxel is a brand name for a new type of laser technology developed in 2001.  The technology involved the refinement of the CO2 laser.  The Co2 laser had been the gold standard for laser resurfacing treatments.   The light generated by the CO2 laser is highly absorbed by water, which is what skin is mostly made of.  As a result, the CO2 laser would vaporize the outer layer of skin it treated.  This would remove all signs of visible sun damage and aging.  The results were great but the patient was left with an open, burn-type wound to deal with after the procedure.  Healing took weeks and patients were prone to infections and complications.  The procedure required general anesthesia and pain was significant. Fraxel brought a new wrinkle to the CO2 laser.  It fractionated the laser beam, breaking it into millions of tiny beams in a grid.  The point of the Fraxel laser was that these microscopic pulses of light treated small volumes of the skin, leaving untreated areas between them.  The advantages of this approach were many.  By leaving untreated skin between the treatment zone, the outer layer of skin remained intact.  This skin acts as a natural dressing, protecting the underlying structures until the new skin is ready. The untouched cells in the intact skin could also participate in healing.  This decreased pain, downtime and complications. How do Fraxel Laser Treatments Work? The treatment zones of the fraxel laser actually vaporize the skin.  These areas allow the skin to refill them with new collagen, the building block of the skin.  The areas surrounding the treatment zones absorbs a lot of heat too.  This causes their collagen to eventually  be rebuilt and tighten.  The results are a new outer layer of skin within 3-4 days of the treatment.  The new skin is a shiny, pink that eventually resolves into a smooth surface.  The even more exciting part of the Fraxel laser is the skin tightening.  The fractionated laser beams penetrate deep into the lower layer of the skin, the dermis.  This is where the collagen is made and the heat stimulates new collagen and tightening which starts 3-4 weeks after the procedure. What is an ablative laser? An ablative laser remove skin during the treatment.  The skin is usually vaporized into smoke.  This allows for removal of sun damage and signs of aging and maximal results.  A nonablative laser does not remove skin.  The heat is delivered into the skin to cause coagulation of the collagen as well as stimulation of new collagen.   A new skin surface is not produced, but skin tightening is. What is Laser Resurfacing? DOT therapy is the brand name of the Fractional CO2 laser like Fraxel, that Beleza Med Spa uses.  Patients with acne scars, wrinkles, rough skin, brown spots and loose skin are are perfect candidates for this laser resurfacing procedure.  If you are looking for bang for your buck, a Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing with Fraxel or DOT Therapy in unrivaled.…

Continue Reading..

What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing? The  gold standard of laser resurfacing, has been the CO2 laser for years.  Offering great results, the old CO2 laser required general anesthesia and had an extended recovery.  The problem with the procedure was that the laser would remove all the surface skin.  This was very effective at erasing signs of aging, but left the patient with an open burn wound to deal with.  This led to more than 2 weeks of difficult downtime.  The advance of the Fractional laser resurfacing was to not remove all the skin.  A fractional pattern to the laser beam allowed only some of the skin to be removed while leaving untreated areas between the treatment zones.  The same amount of energy as the old CO2 was delivered, but the old skin remained intact.  This old skin acts as a natural band-aid to protect the new skin until it is ready.  There are no open wounds and recovery is much easier and quicker. The old skin containing the sun damage peels in 3-4 days, and a fresh, pink, shiny new skin is reveled.  There will be some redness for another 3-4 days that gradually subsides.  The exciting thing is that this is just the beginning of the results.  The resurfacing does cause a dramatic change in appearance alone.  However we also introduce a great deal of heat to the lower layer of skin where the collagen is made.  Around 3-4 weeks after the procedure, new collagen will begin to be made and lead to skin tightening.  So the fractional Laser CO2 offers both resurfacing and skin tightening in one procedure, with much less downtime. More about Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing here.…

Continue Reading..