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The latest and greatest Fraxel machine is called the Fraxel Restore.  It is a fractionalized resurfacing laser that has two wavelengths (1550 nm and 1927 nm).  The 1550 penetrates deeper then the 1927, which means it is good for fine lines, wrinkles, acne and surgical scars.  The 1927 wavelength has more superficial penetration and is great for any hyperpigmentation spots (sun spots) as well as Actinic Keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions).  The laser puts microscopic pinpoint holes into the skin called microscopic treatment zones (MTZs), which in turn spares the surrounding area from injury compared to traditional CO2 laser resurfacing where the entire area is injured.  This also allows for less healing time and less risk than traditional CO2.  These small wounds trigger your body’s healing response system to produce collagen and elastin in the treated areas. There is about 5 days of redness and swelling after Fraxel before one starts to see the results. Even though results start to take effect within the first week, Read More

Okay, this Fraxel® definitely worked. I noticed a difference as soon as the swelling went down when I caught a glimpse of myself in a three-way mirror. Three-way mirrors can be scary, but they keep you honest. My jawline looks smoother, and my skin texture feels better. I will say that it was swollen for two days, which was not a good look without the scarf. However, it wasn’t crazy–if you didn’t know me you would have just thought I had a fat neck. I’ve had those horizontal tree-trunk rings around my neck since I can remember so I always assumed they were genetic and never bothered to address them, but Christine says no, they probably just started at a young age on me because I sleep on my side. So that’s great.  But now I really think they’re less noticeable. My husband used to call me “ET neck,” and I haven’t heard it for days. I will need two more treatments, but I’m not afraid, because with an hour of numbing cream beforehand, it really didn’t hurt. And apparently Fraxel® is the way to go for the neck, even though you have to do it in a few treatments. My sources tell me that although the CO2 Laser is a one-shot deal, not only is there significant downtime (which isn’t practical for most of us) but there is significant risk of Read More