Archive for August, 2005
In the world of plastic surgery and makeovers, lasers are an invaluable tool. This time let me mention another technology that is slowly gaining popularity among both doctors and patients – Fraxel Laser Treatments. It is a new non-invasive procedure approved by the FDA. Only a handful of physicians in the world have access to this technology at this time.
What makes this laser so unusual is that it utilizes a digital approach to touching up the skin â€“ much like current computer technology does for repairing old photographs, pixel by pixel. Wrinkles and skin discoloration caused by the aging process are diminished at the flip of a switch. The skin is once again, returned to a natural and unrehearsed youthful glow truly leaving you looking much better.
Fraxel is right now one of the most effective treatments for revitalizing aging skin. It erases skin discoloration, acne scarring and other such disorders, as well as diminishing wrinkles. And whatâ€™s more, Fraxel can be safely used on any part of the body.
Dr. Grant Stevens was one of the first surgeons to obtain Fraxel, and began performing the procedure at Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey and Palos Verdes. In fact, patients can expect a silkier, more radiant complexion in as little as one week after treatment, according to him.
While traditional laser and peel methods can often require general anesthesia and leave behind bruises and irritation, Fraxel usually produces only a slight â€œzingâ€ sensation that ends when the procedure is completed and short-term reddening of the skin. The difference is that, while traditional treatments are usually applied to larger areas of the skin surface, the Fraxel procedure more precisely targets smaller areas of underlying skin. Such meticulous attention to problem areas stimulates collagen production deep within the skin. It also protects surrounding skin from unnecessary exposure and speeds the healing process.
Fraxel requires just one hour so that you can squeeze it into your calendar almost any time. Typically five treatments are recommended. During the procedure, the skin is washed and a blue tint is applied. A special light-wand that penetrates to the dermis is passed over the skin. Subsequent treatments are spaced about two weeks apart.
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