Fraxel Vs Fractional CO2 | Parfaire Medical Aesthetics
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Fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars are some of the many common skin concerns that can be effectively addressed with skin resurfacing treatment. Skin rejuvenation treatments with Fraxel, Fractora, and fractional CO2 have the ability to restore, tighten, and rejuvenate your overall appearance to help you feel and look younger and more vibrant.

Continue reading to learn more about the differences between Fraxel, Fractora, and fractional CO2 skin resurfacing, and how to choose the best treatment for you.

What Is Fraxel Treatment?

Fraxel is the brand name of a fractional skin resurfacing system that can improve the tone and texture of skin that may look older on behalf of scarring, wrinkles, skin discoloration, and other blemishes. Fraxel is noninvasive, which means it does not require any surgery or injections. It also produces no downtime and delivers noticeable results after about five treatment sessions.

Fraxel rejuvenates the skin by targeting aged and damaged areas with laser beams, or columns, that penetrate deep layers of the skin. This action stimulates the body’s collagen production and the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Fraxel targets only damaged skin without affecting surrounding tissue to promote the skin’s healing process and prevent long recovery periods.

Fraxel treatment is not painful, but some patients report feeling an increased sensation of heat during the procedure. Some patients also report feeling a slight burn on treated areas for up to three hours afterward. Most patients need between three to five treatment sessions with Fraxel to achieve optimal results, which are usually seen within two to three months.

What Is Fractional CO2 Treatment?

Fractional CO2 laser treatment is different from Fraxel in that it removes the entire top layer of skin tissue as opposed to targeting specific areas. Like Fraxel, fractional CO2 can also reduce the appearance of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, and any other aging concerns.

Because fractional CO2 treatment targets the entire top layer of skin, this treatment is more likely to produce side effects, including scarring and patches of whitened skin. Additionally, this skin rejuvenation treatment may not reduce redness or the appearance of red blood vessels, and may not improve deep wrinkles—particularly those around the mouth. The recovery period from fractional CO2 treatment usually takes between four weeks and four months.

What Is Fractora, and How Is It Different from Fraxel and Fractional CO2?

Fractora is another fractional skin resurfacing treatment like Fraxel and fractional CO2 that stimulates the body’s collagen production along with the growth of new, healthy skin cells. However, Fractora uses radiofrequency energy instead of a laser to rejuvenate and tighten skin.

Fractora works by delivering radiofrequency energy to the skin through a series of tiny pins attached to a small handheld device. Each of these pins delivers focused heat that penetrates all layers of the skin, and that specifically target aged, weakened, and damaged tissues. This action stimulates the body’s collagen and elastin production and strengthens blood vessels to produce healthier, younger-looking skin.

Fractora can address the following skin concerns:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Skin pigmentation/dark spots
  • Redness
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Sagging skin
  • Stretch marks

Fractora also has the ability to tighten and smooth skin on the neck and upper chest. Inmode, the manufacturer of Fractora, says this treatment is shown to improve acne scarring by as much as 50%. Fractora is also shown to produce longer-lasting results than Fraxel and other fractional CO2 laser treatments.

Results from Fractora are noticeable within about two weeks after treatment and last for approximately two years. Some patients may experience some redness and swelling for up to seven days, though this is a common part of the skin’s healing process.

Which Skin Rejuvenation Treatment Should I Choose?

Compared with Fraxel and other fractional CO2 treatments, Fractora is shown to produce less downtime, fewer side effects, and longer-lasting results. However, if you’re not entirely sure which facial treatment to choose for skin rejuvenation, our staff at Parfaire can help you make an informed decision during your initial consultation.

We will evaluate your appearance and talk to you about all your available treatment options during your consultation. It’s possible you may also benefit from one or more of our other skin rejuvenation treatments. Either way, we are more than happy to discuss our services and help you make the best decision for you based on the appearance of your skin and aesthetic goals.

Where to Find Fractora Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

Parfaire in Pasadena, California, offers Fractora and a wide range of other skin rejuvenation treatments that can help you feel and look far younger than your true age. Contact us today at 626-238-1672 to schedule an appointment or request a consultation online to learn more about whether you’re an ideal candidate for our skin rejuvenation procedures.