Two heads are often better than one, since either may be able to accomplish something the other can’t. The same holds true with laser treatments. Some focus on treating lesions and other cosmetic issues at the surface level, while others trigger rejuvenating effects deeper under the surface.
With Fraxel® DUAL at Los Angeles’ Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, there’s no need to choose, since both benefits are combined into a single device.
There are four steps to a Fraxel® DUAL treatment:
First, laser energy from the device makes channels that extend through multiple layers in the skin. These are known as “micro-thermal treatment zones,” and each one resembles a column surrounded by untouched tissue.
Second, the body begins healing what it reads as injuries in these zones, kickstarting repair processes and remodeling collagen. This begins to tighten the skin for a smoother look.
Third, as the new collagen forms in the “micro-thermal treatment zones,” a subsequent treatment further stimulates new collagen remodeling.
Fourth and finally, the results of multiple treatments are cumulative and apparent. The new and remodeled collagen reduces the appearance of wrinkles, “fills in” divots and dents, and causes the outermost layer of skin to flake away—similar to what happens soon after a sunburn. Instead of unhealthy damage, however, this flaking is a sign of rejuvenated skin.
Fraxel® DUAL can also help to tame acne outbreaks, soften scars, treat actinic keratoses (known as pre-cancerous lesions), and improve overall texture and tone on the face, neck, chest, back, and limbs.
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.