Enhance Your Skin’s Appearance with FRAXEL® DUAL LASER

Fraxel® DUAL Laser Now Available at Bend Dermatology Clinic

Our skin serves as a shield for our body, but it can also reflect the impact of various factors such as genetics, age, health, and environment. We may observe blemishes like redness, sunspots, dullness, scars, and wrinkles on our skin. To address these issues, a recommended approach is receiving a laser skin resurfacing treatment using the Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927. By targeting the skin’s surface layers, this treatment can help you achieve a smoother, more youthful, and refreshed appearance. Bend Dermatology Clinic answers your top questions about the Fraxel DUAL laser and laser skin resurfacing available in Bend, Oregon.

How does the Fraxel DUAL laser work?

Fraxel DUAL is a non-ablative, fractional resurfacing technology that employs two wavelengths (1550nm and 1927nm). Like other lasers, Fraxel DUAL targets water in the middle layer of the skin, gently heating it to cause controlled thermal tissue damage. By creating microscopic columns of tissue injury across the treated area, the Fraxel DUAL stimulates collagen production, enabling the skin to heal itself. The two wavelengths enable the laser to treat both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin, and the fractional approach allows for precise targeting of specific areas without affecting surrounding tissue. These factors make Fraxel DUAL treatments less harsh than ablative lasers and result in a shorter recovery time.

Fraxel DUAL treatments are also known as skin resurfacing or skin rejuvenation treatments, as they stimulate the growth of new cells and restore natural collagen production, resulting in smoother and plumper skin. While the Fraxel DUAL laser is most commonly used on the face, it can treat any area of the body, such as the neck, arms, legs, décolletage, hands, and back.

What does the Fraxel DUAL laser treat?

The Fraxel DUAL is an effective solution for several skin concerns. It can enhance skin tone, texture, and radiance, making it a popular choice. The following is a list of the conditions it can help treat:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Brown spots
  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Surgical scars
  • Acne scars

It has FDA clearance for treating melasma and actinic keratosis.

Fraxel DUAL laser treatment benefits include smoother, more youthful, and radiant skin, minimal downtime, and lower risks of side effects than ablative lasers. Patients typically notice immediate improvements and further results develop as the skin heals over several months.

Q: Will I need multiple treatments, and how long do results last?

As the Fraxel DUAL laser operates by treating a smaller section of skin at a time, it may be necessary to undergo multiple sessions. The optimal number of treatments varies depending on the individual, but typically, the most effective outcomes are observed after three sessions. The intervals between each treatment are usually spaced out at four to six-week intervals.

Following your treatment, you will experience immediate outcomes, and your skin will gradually enhance over the course of six months. By utilizing quality skin care products and wearing sunscreen daily, you can anticipate maintaining the results for a year or even longer.

In addition to the Fraxel DUAL laser, other procedures can be performed to complement your skin care regimen. Consult your dermatology provider to determine the most suitable treatment options that can optimize your desired outcomes. At Bend Dermatology Clinic, our dermatology providers will engage in a comprehensive consultation with you, taking into account your expectations and individual requirements, and customize a treatment plan accordingly.

Q: What should I expect on the day of my Fraxel DUAL laser treatment?

A common concern among patients is whether the procedure involves any discomfort or pain. During the treatment, you may experience a slight pricking sensation and warmth, according to some. While some may feel a mild prickling sensation accompanied by heat, your provider will apply a topical numbing agent for your comfort.

The Fraxel DUAL laser is adaptable, allowing us to customize the intensity of the heat delivery to suit your individual needs. Additionally, the laser includes a cooling mechanism that alleviates any discomfort. The duration of the treatment is dependent on the treatment area’s size and the underlying condition being treated.

Q: What is the downtime after a laser treatment?

This treatment involves minimal downtime. You may experience a sunburn-like sensation immediately following the procedure, accompanied by dryness and itching. It is advisable to use a gentle cleanser and a rich moisturizer to nourish and soothe the skin. Refrain from applying any products that may cause skin irritation, including retinols and exfoliants. To safeguard your skin, avoid sun exposure and apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. If necessary, your dermatology provider can recommend suitable products based on your specific skin type. While the healing process varies for everyone, most patients typically recover within a week.

For more information regarding the Fraxel DUAL laser treatment or any other cosmetic dermatology procedures, Bend Dermatology Clinic has six convenient locations in Klamath Falls, Prineville, Redmond, West Bend, and two in East Bend to cater to your needs. Our team comprises of board-certified dermatologists, certified physician assistants, registered nurses, and certified advanced aestheticians, who possess extensive expertise and training in managing Medical Dermatology or Cosmetic Dermatology concerns. To schedule an appointment, visit BendDerm.com or call them at 541-382-5712.

Originally published, “Enhance Your Skin’s Appearance with Fraxel® DUAL Laser Now Available at Bend Dermatology Clinic” (May 1, 2023) Bend Magazine