What is the Fraxel laser?
Fraxel is the brand name for a type of laser that resurfaces the skin. There are many lasers used for skin resurfacing, including but not limited to the ICON, Joule, Fraxel and Profractional. All of these are made by different companies but utilize a similar technology, fractional laser resurfacing.
What is fractional resurfacing?
Years ago, the lasers used to resurface the skin removed the entire top layers of the skin and this procedure was performed in the operating room. They worked great but resulted in about 3 weeks of down-time and a high rate of skin infections, scarring and pigmentation side effects. In early 2001, an innovative dermatologist invented fractional laser resurfacing. This “fractional” resurfacing takes a fraction of the skin off and leaves normal islands of skin in between, allowing for a quicker healing time and fewer side effects.
What is the difference among the different types and “brands” of lasers for skin resurfacing?
The main difference is that each company that manufactures a laser gives it a unique name, like Fraxel or ICON, but the lasers will also have significant differences in technology. When choosing a laser for resurfacing, or any purpose, a dermatologist should select one made by a company that is reputable, has been making lasers for a number of years and has a proven track record of reliability, science, and advancement. Reliability is an important factor and you want your dermatologist to be using the most advanced and safest laser available.
Why utilize the Palomar ICON resurfacing laser?
Dr. Jennifer Janiga, as a board certified and a fellowship trained dermatologist, looked for a laser that had the highest safety profile, provided great results, had variety to allow her patients flexibility, and a reputation for excellence in science and technology.
Dr. Jennifer Janiga felt that the best fit for her and her practice was the Palomar ICON laser. This fractionated resurfacing laser, which is a newer generation of technology, compared to the Fraxel laser, allows for mild treatments with little downtime, as well as more aggressive treatments to target more significant and deeper wrinkles. It also includes a built in cooling system for additional patient comfort and safety.
For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga about fractionated laser resurfacing in our Reno / Tahoe dermatology office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600.