N.D. Moscoe, M.D.,
Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery
Fraxel Repair Laser Resurfacing
Fraxel Repair Laser Resurfacing:
The solution is here for skin that has been damaged by the sun, pollution, stress, and
fatigue. Now patients can have the skin they desire without the discomfort, prolonged
recovery time, and risk associated with the older, traditional CO2 laser. The latest and
greatest laser technology is the Fraxel Repair Laser. It is a fractionated ablative CO2
laser that delivers thousands of microscopic pinpoint laser beams beneath the skinís
surface. The laser beams destroy the old damaged skin cells, and as the skin heals, the
old cells are replaced by healthy fresh skin. Because of the precise nature of the Fraxel
Repair, it can be tailored to treat each individual according to her skin condition, the
severity of the problem, and the patientís skin color. This laser, unlike any other CO2
laser, can treat delicate area such as the neck, chest, forearms, and hands.
The Fraxel Repair can be calibrated to treat 5% to 50% of the skinís surface, leaving
the other 50% to 95% untreated skin available to quickly heal the lasered tissue thus
providing a much quicker recovery.
Following the first few weeks of recovery, the skin will appear smoother, softer, and brighter, but the full effect of the laser will take an additional 3 to 6 months because the body will continue to create more collagen.
Fraxel Repair is a CO2 laser that uses fractional technology. Thousands of microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the skin to remove old and damaged skin cells. This stimulates your bodyí own natural healing process, which replaces the cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
45 min. to 1 hour
Local with sedation, or general.
Redness, itching, swelling, and possible crusting.
Prolonged redness, infection, scarring, pigment changes (permanent), cold sores.
Back to work: 7-10 days.
More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more
Longevity of the result will depend on the patientís quality of skin and lifestyle. Liberal use of sun block and Botox around the eyes and forehead will help to retain the results.