Dr. Frankel is excited to be the first doctor is Southern California to have the new Fraxis PRO device from Cutera.
Refresh, refine, and revive your skin with Fraxis PRO, a leading-edge treatment that can address sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and more. This device is the only multi-technology platform that features a fractional CO2 laser and radio frequency microneedling for a total anti-aging solution.
Dr. Frankel was afforded this opportunity to be the first practitioner to employ the Fraxis PRO because of his status as a Key Opinion Leader amongst his professional colleagues. Fraxis PRO takes a non-conventional approach to skin revitalization by uniquely combining two clinically proven technologies in a single device. It is the first machine to combine energized microneedling and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to allow for treatment of varying thicknesses of the top and bottom layers of the skin. The energy applied stimulates production of new collagen and hyaluronic acid and changes the skin structure to one that is more youthful. The combination of RF microneedling and fractional CO2 laser provides customizable options for patients who want limited downtime as well as those who want aggressive therapy.
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Fraxis Pro uses a microneedling system which is a unique platform that delivers bi-polar radio frequency energy between the needles at selective skin depths with varying intensities. With the use of two types of needles (insulated and non-insulated), the device can deliver a predetermined depth of RF energy that heats the deeper layers from .5mm-3.5mm. The semi insulated needles can concentrate the majority of the energy at the tip, while the non-insulated needles can deliver energy to the entire depth including the surface if so desired. These features facilitate treating all skin types and reduce downtime, discomfort and complications.
Fraxis PRO also features a high-powered fractional CO2 laser scanner to deliver stable, uniform energy in short pulses. Fractional CO2 laser has proven to be an essential therapeutic tool for treating skin by resurfacing the top layer in a manner such that a fraction of the skin’s surface area is left intact, which allows for faster healing and fewer side effects than those associated with the fully ablative lasers of the past. Its small beam size minimizes downtime, reduces the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and provides optimal results. This fractional CO2 component can be used very conservatively or more aggressively depending on the specific needs.
Why is Fraxis PRO different than a traditional CO2 laser or micro needling?
It allows for more complete skin rejuvenation with less down time. Fraxis Pro is the ONLY device that combines the two treatments. By layering CO2 laser energy with radio frequency microneedling, an incredible range of skin conditions can be treated in a single session by utilizing the modalities alone or in combination. The RF microneedling can remodel the dermis deeper layer) of the skin without injuring the epidermis (surface). Thus, rather than using the CO2 to treat then entire thickness of the skin, it can be applied more specifically to the surface with greater coverage and less intensity. This combination results in more comprehensive revitalization of all the skin layers with less redness, crusting, discomfort, and associated risks. Treatments can be customized based on the specific types of skin as well as the types of conditions to be treated.
This Cutera Fractional CO2 component treats the surface of the skin and can be used very conservatively or more aggressively depending on the specific needs.
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Can Fraxis PRO be used to keep my skin from sagging?
One wonderful application of the RF microneedling is to help impede the aging process on the skin. The new collagen formation simulated by the treatments serves to make the skin more firm and tighter. The histologic changes that result from these treatments are longstanding, if not permanent improvements.
What to expect during the procedure?
Most treatments can be done with topical anesthesia alone, however there are exceptions where injections or medications might be desirable. After sitting for thirty minutes with the anesthetic cream on the areas to be treated, you will be given cleaned and placed in the treatment room chair. Protective eyewear will be placed to guard your eyes from the light of the laser. Dr. Frankel will then treat the areas of concern beginning with the RF microneedling followed up with the CO2 if indicated. Depending on the size of the area being treated, you can expect your procedure to take anywhere from forty five minutes to two hours.
What to expect during your recovery?
As a rule, recovery from Fraxis PRO treatments is associated with little down time and discomfort. If your treatment is limited to use of the RF microneedling component the downtime is only one to three days. If the CO2 is also utilized, then the period of redness, swelling, warmth and stinging can persist for six to seven days. With the addition of the CO2 laser you can also expect some sloughing and flakiness within those first few days. This is completely normal, and is in fact how your body heals itself after the procedure to deliver a brighter appearing skin.
What does Fraxis Pro treat?
Dr. Frankel uses Fraxis Pro to treat a range of conditions including the following:
- Sun damaged skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crepiness or mild sagginess
- Uneven pigmentation
- Stretch marks
- Large pores
- Scars from acne, trauma, prior surgery or other causes
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