At Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, P.C. our offices are equipped with the best of the latest technology. We use the Fraxel® laser for skin resurfacing. This gentle treatment can improve the texture and the color of skin on the face, chest, arms, hands, and other areas with minimal downtime and the oversight of a board-certified dermatologist for superior safety.
This single machine can produce two different wavelengths of light, which can be used independently or together. One is used for deep collagen tightening, and resurfacing for patients with deep scars or wrinkles. The other, more superficial option is used to improve the appearance of freckling, pigmentation, and fine lines.
One of the greatest benefits of this procedure, as compared to older resurfacing methods, is that it can be used beyond the jaw line. It is a wonderful option for rejuvenating skin on the neck, chest, décolletage, and arms. These areas are typically very telling of an individual’s age, because many people begin protecting their faces from sun exposure long before they begin protecting the rest of their bodies.
This is also a great solution for reducing the appearance of stretch marks. This is a common concern among adolescents following growth spurts, as well as pregnant women. Several treatment sessions with the deeper wavelength (15/50 nanometer) can flatten and soften the appearance of stretch marks.
The procedure is performed with topical anesthetic for your comfort. It takes between one and two hours for the area to become numbed, and the actual treatment takes from 15-30 minutes. The Fraxel® laser utilizes fractionated erbium, which creates thermal heating zones with microscopic fractions of skin left unaffected. This facilitates expedited healing. A few days after treatment skin will gently slough off, revealing brighter, smoother skin with a rosy glow. Most patients are fully healed in about three to five days.
Fractional resurfacing is an excellent option for men and women seeking discreet, convenient resurfacing. There is no lingering redness to be disguised with cosmetics. To learn more about fractional resurfacing, or to schedule an appointment at Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, P.C. call (202) 955 - 5757