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We offer Fraxel® in Washington DC at Cultura Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Center, 5301 Wisconsin Avenue NW Washington, DC 20015.

Fraxel is a non-ablative laser that creates micro-injuries in the skin’s surface.

Most individuals would like to enhance their appearance with the help of a dermatologist but are unsure which treatment will allow them to achieve their goals.

Some patients are hesitant to undergo a surgical procedure, like a facelift, that requires anesthesia, recovery, and incisions.

While others have tried more conservative approaches, such as creams, peels, or microdermabrasion, and were unimpressed with their results.

Fortunately, Fraxel can dramatically improve skin quality and rejuvenate the face without the downtime or risks surgery.

In fact, this cosmetic treatment can target wrinkles, age spots, melasma, actinic keratosis, skin tone and texture, and scars.

What Is Fraxel? 

Fraxel is a non-ablative laser that creates micro-injuries in the skin’s surface.

This thermal damage initiates a wound healing effect and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.

How Can Fraxel Treat a Variety of Skin Conditions? 

Fraxel operates at two wavelengths, 1550 nm and 1927 nm, and can precisely focus light-based energy on different layers of the skin.

Depth of penetration can be adjusted to target specific concerns and customize the treatment to each patient and his or her goals.

Which Skin Concerns Can Fraxel Improve?

Wrinkles - Collagen and elastin production decline with age and cause sagging, wrinkle, and fine lines.

Fraxel can restore these elements to smooth and lift the skin.

Age Spots – Age spots are a sign of photodamage and present as flat, uneven dark patches that appear on the face, neck, chest, hands, and arms.

They occur from exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and an overproduction of melanin.

Melasma – Women that experience melasma often have patches of hyperpigmentation on their forehead, cheeks, upper lip, and nose.

It’s caused by hormonal fluctuations related to pregnancy and oral contraceptives.

Actinic Keratosis – These pre-cancerous lesions are usually crusty or scaly and are most common in patients with fair complexions.

They can be treated with ointments, freezing, and surgical excision, but Fraxel offers a safer and more effective alternative.

Skin Resurfacing – Environmental factors such as sun exposure, stress, pollution, and smoke can wreak havoc on skin tone, texture, and tightness.

Fraxel is FDA-approved to resurface skin from the inside out for a more radiant, even, and firmer appearance.

Acne and Surgical Scars – When the skin tries to repair itself after a breakout or surgical incision, it can produce scars that are indented, raised, red, and wavy.

A series of 3-5 Fraxel treatments can significantly reduce these irregularities and help individuals look and feel their best.

For more information about Fraxel, schedule a consultation at Cultura today.

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  • Smoother, fresher, younger-looking looking skin.
  • Improved tone and texture.
  • Erasing of unwanted brown spots.
  • Reduced fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars.
What side effects can I expect after a Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment?

Swelling and redness are the most common side effects from a Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment. Any swelling is typically minimal and subsides within a day or two, and any redness typically fades within a few days. Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking, and a bronzed skin appearance. There is a limited risk of infection, hyperpigmentation, or scarring.

How many treatments are required?

Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart.

How are Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatments performed?

First, your skin will be cleansed. Then, about 60 minutes prior to treatment, a topical anesthetic ointment will be applied to the treatment area. The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 procedure takes 20 to 25 minutes for a full face.

What FDA clearances has Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment received?
  • Wrinkles around the eyes (periorbital wrinkles)
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Age spots/sunspots (pigmented lesions)
  • Melasma (irregular patches of brown skin on the forehead, cheeks, upper lip and nose)
  • Actinic Keratoses (precancerous lesions)
  • Skin resurfacing
Treatment Type Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
Treatment Problem or Condition Acne Scarring, Age Spots/Sun Damage, Fine Lines, Hyperpigmentation/Uneven Skintone, Large Pores, Scars, Wrinkles
Size N/A
Brand Fraxel
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Maximum benefit is usually achieved with an average of 3 to 5 treatment sessions spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart.

Wear sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, avoid direct sun exposure for at least 3 months after your last treatment, and wear a wide-brimmed hat when you're in the sun.

During the first 24 hours after a treatment, your skin may feel as though it is sunburned, and it will appear pink or red. You can wear make-up to reduce the sunburned appearance. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two, and as you continue treatment, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat. As with a sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally. Use a moisturizer to reduce the appearance of dry flakes.