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Fraxel vs Fractora

Today, there are a range of minimally and non-invasive rejuvenation and resurfacing treatments available, which can reduce signs of aging considerably. Treatments such as Fraxel and Fractora are excellent for improving overall skin texture. But how do these treatments compare?

Laser vs Radiofrequency Technologies

The Fraxel and Fractora devices both use fractional technologies, at different wavelengths, to achieve results. Fraxel lasers use light energy to prompt collagen production, whereas Fractora uses radiofrequency energy (RF) to stimulate the regenerative process. Fractora can be used on all skin types safely. Fraxel lasers, which emit different wavelengths, are better suited for lighter skin types. Both are designed to treat a fraction of the skin at a time; the “fractional” technology treats target areas without affecting surrounding tissue. This makes healing much faster and reduces downtime. Most of the Fraxel devices are non-ablative lasers, meaning that the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) remains intact. Fractora treatments can vary from very superficial to deep treatments, depending on the condition treated.

Fraxel Lasers vs Fractora What it treats Recovery
Fraxel Repair
(Ablative fractional laser)
Severe signs of skin damage; deep set wrinkles and frown lines; dull and uneven skin tone Typically 7-10 days before the patients can comfortably return to normal activities. The skin may still be red and swollen for a few weeks post-treatment.
Fraxel Dual and Fraxel Restore
(Non-ablative fractional laser)
Irregular pigment issues, such as melasma and brown spots; fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes; acne and surgical scars; good for treating larger areas (chest, arms, legs, and back) For the first 24 hours, the face will appear sunburned. After a few days, the skin will begin to flake, much like the skin will peel after a sunburn.
Photo damage; fine and deep lines on face neck and chest; uneven skin texture; loose skin; large pores; pigment irregularities; scars; stretch marks; blood vessels and redness. Recovery will depend on the depth of treatment and what area was treated. For light treatments, the skin will feel tight and appear red for 1-3 days. For deeper treatments, swelling may persist 5-10 days.

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Before & After Photos

Before & After Photos : Brown Spots - Female (oblique view)

Acne treatment on a young male patient with Fractora RF

Before & After Photos : Brown Spots - Female (hands)

Female patient after acne treatment with Fractora RF

*Results may vary

In comparison, the Fractora device’s tip has an array of electrode pins that can deliver the radiofrequency energy to the various depths of the dermis. Unlike fractional laser technology, which can produce post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, radiofrequency energy does not carry the same the risk of post-treatment discoloration. Fractora is safe for all skin types. Fractora can also address a broader range of issues and patients report results are comparable or better than fractional lasers. New York board certified dermatologist Dr. Hellman recommends Fractora to patients seeking the most versatile overall rejuvenation treatment available.

How Many Treatments Are Necessary?

With Fraxel Repair, patients experience significant results in just one treatment. When opting for Fraxel Dual or Fraxel Restore, you can expect to see results in 3 to 6 sessions, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. We recommend 3 to 6 Fractora sessions to achieve optimal results. These results are typically visible within 2 weeks of treatment. Patients continue to see improvements in their results for up to 3 months after the procedure is complete.

Can Fractora Treat Other Conditions Than Acne?

While Fractora is a popular treatment option for acne, the procedure can also help with a variety of other conditions. By targeting skin and subdermal layers, Fractora remodels collagen, thus reducing fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, Fractora is a high-quality skin resurfacing procedure that can be individualized to patients’ needs. The device can target most skin types without causing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Fractora before and after photo
Fractora before and after photo

Why Choose Dr. Hellman for Your Procedure?

At Hellman Dermatology, we work with each individual patient to ensure that they receive the right treatment for their condition. Dr. Hellman evaluates every patient and creates a detailed treatment plan tailored to their individual needs. If you would like to learn more about the best skin resurfacing treatment for your skin, contact New York board-certified Dr. Hellman to schedule a consultation.

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