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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.…

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