Fraxel with new Thulium wavelength
Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More
You may have heard of the Fraxel laser. It has been around for about 5 years or more now, and it was the first fractional laser for the treatment of skin. Basically, it fires micro-columns of laser energy into the skin to help rejuvenate skin by causing remodelling of the epidermis and dermis. Being fractional, it only treats a portion of the skin and leaves the parts in between the micro-columns intact. This reduces recovery time and risk, whilst providing excellent results. It is used for the treatment of acne scarring, surgical/traumatic scarring, pigmentation, wrinkles, skin texture, and general skin quality improvements.
About a year ago, the Thulium wavelength (1927 nanometres) was added to the Fraxel laser, in addition to the original wavelength (1550 nanometres). The Thulium wavelength has greatly expanded the ability of the Fraxel laser to treat a various of skin conditions. The Thulium wavelength targets the more superficial parts of the skin, and as most skin problems tend to be closer to the surface, this wavelength as many applications. It is very useful for the treatment of; pigmentation, wrinkles, and skin texture. We have been using it with great success so far on faces, necks, and decolletage.
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