Fraxel, Fractional & Traditional CO2 Laser
* Before & After results may vary from person to person.
Why wouldn’t you want to look younger?
We strive to be Winnipeg’s Premiere Laser Skin Centre with expertise in C02 & Fraxel laser treatments since 1995. Dr. Minuk’s FRAXEL & Fractionated lasers are advancements for facial rejuvenation and acne scarring. Many area can be treated safely and effectively such as facial areas, neck, arms and hands.
Fraxel® Skin Resurfacing in Winnipeg
Whether your skin concern is superficial or deep acne scars, surgical scars on the face or body, stretch marks, melasma, hyperpigmentation or photodamage, fine lines or deep set wrinkles, there finally exists a treatment which does it all and actually works.
At Dr. Minuk’s SkinClinic & Laser Centre in Winnipeg we call the Fraxel® Laser the ‘magic eraser’ since you will notice your skin transform. Fraxel® resurfaces the skin texture and complexion by producing thousands of tiny deep microscopic columns in the skin which are referred to as microscopic treatment zones (MTZ). These tiny treatment zones are surrounded by uninjured tissue. In other words, only a fraction of the skin is targeted, therefore, the skin is left intact which allows for quick wound healing.
This treatment results in rapid re-epithelialization (skin healing), eliminating old epidermal pigmented cells, while penetrating the deeper dermis dramatically reducing visible scarring or wrinkles. Each Fraxel® treatment targets 20% to 25% of the skin’s surface. The number of treatments recommended is anywhere between 3 to 6 sessions depending on your skin concern and the severity of the condition. Normally treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart and optimal results are visible in approximately 2-3 months post-treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Fractional C02 Laser Treatments
What is Fractional laser skin treatment?
We offer Fractional C02 Laser and Fraxel Dual laser. Both lasers are safe, effective and used in our clinic. CO2 fractional is more aggressive and reserved for more severe, lines, wrinkles, scarring and textural problems.
The Fraxel Dual is gentler but extremely effective-see below
Fractional laser skin treatment is an exciting new technology that successfully corrects many dermatological and cosmetic skin conditions, with increased comfort and minimal post-treatment pain and care. Fractional laser skin treatments give excellent results for skin resurfacing and correcting skin conditions including wrinkles, acne scars, superficial lesions, moles, actinic and keratoses.
How long has Dr. Minuk used C02 lasers?
He introduced traditional C02 laser to his dermatology practice in 1995 and has provide full face and partial face resurfacing for lines, wrinkles and skin tightening. He has provided 100’s of such treatments….he started Fractional laser approximately approximately 7 years ago.
What is Fractional C02 laser?
Fractional laser skin treatments create areas of treated tissue surrounded by untreated, healthy tissue. Fractional laser creates narrow, deep columns that extend through the epidermis into the dermis through an array of intense laser energy microbeams. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the columns of affected tissue – improving the skin condition being treated.
What does “downtime” mean? Is there downtime?
“Downtime” refers to the period of time following a laser treatment where patients may choose not to appear in public while their skin is still red or swollen. One of the key benefits of fractional laser treatments is that downtime is significantly minimized. For fractional ablative treatments, downtime may be as short as 4 days as compared to traditional full-surface ablative treatments which can result in a few weeks of downtime.
How do Fractional laser skin treatments differ from Traditional laser skin treatments?
Traditional full-surface ablative laser skin treatments are performed using a beam of intense laser energy that is passed over the entire skin surface to vaporize the entire top layer of skin. The damage to the tissue is extensive and takes significant time to heal and regrow a new top layer of skin (i.e., re-epithelialize the entire top layer of skin).
Fractional skin treatments deliver laser or high-powered light energy in a pattern. The fractional pattern leaves untreated areas of skin between the treated areas of skin. As these treated areas are much smaller than the surrounding healthy tissue, the healing time is significantly shortened.
Traditional full-surface ablative treatments deliver effective results but require significant downtime – patients experience a much longer healing process, and the risk of complications, including infection, is much greater. Fractional ablative treatments provide results as good as traditional ablative treatments, with far less downtime and risk.
What are the benefits of fractional laser skin treatments?
Fractional laser skin treatments have three significant benefits as compared to traditional laser skin treatments:
Increased Comfort – The fractional array of microbeams does not cause bulk damage as traditional ablative treatments do but instead cause small areas of damage each surrounded by undamaged tissue. As a result, fractional treatments are a much gentler laser treatment. Many patients tolerate the treatment well without anesthesia; other patients may opt for a light topical anesthetic.
Increased Safety – Following a fractional ablative procedure, each tiny fractional column re-epithelializes (i.e., regrows the missing tissue and closes over) typically within one day. This minimizes the risk of scarring, infection, or long-term pigmentation changes.
Decreased Downtime – Depending on the type of procedure, most fractional patients can return to normal daily activities almost immediately (for fractional non-ablative treatments) or typically within 4 days (for fractional ablative treatments).
A rapid re-epithelialization helps reduce the chance of infection and minimize complications by quickly protecting the treated tissue while it continues to heal. Palomar’s fractional approach to laser skin treatment results in re-epithelialization typically within one day, helping to minimize patient risk.
Is a Fractional laser skin treatment comfortable?
Fractional laser skin treatments are far more comfortable than traditional laser treatments. However, treatments typically require a topical anesthetic before the procedure. Dr. Minuk may provide an oral sedative and analgesic as well, prior to treatment to provide a more comfortable experience.
How many fractional laser skin treatments will my patients need?
The number of treatments necessary will depend on the condition being treated. It may take one-three treatments to achieve the desired results, Patients should consider how quick they would like to see results and how much downtime they are willing to experience when deciding on what type of treatments to have.
Fraxel Dual Laser
Remove years from your appearance. No surgery required.
Fraxel renews the skin’s surface, giving you a refreshed, youthful glow and a feeling of renewed confidence.
Fraxel Is Effective On:
- Fine lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet and brow lines
- Surface scarring erasing effects of acne and other scarring
- Pigmentation minimizing the appearance of age spots
- Sun damage helping heal dangerous skin damage
- Actinic Keratosis (AK) – a common pre-cancerous skin condition
What is Fraxel?
Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 resurfacing treatments effectively target both the surface and the deeper layers of the skin for a smoother, fresher, younger looking appearance.
Fraxel is safe on all skin types and all areas of the body, including the face, neck, eyes, chest, arms, legs and back. Fraxel -Usually in a series of treatments â€“ with minimal recovery time or discomfort. The Fraxel DUAL is really 2 lasers in ONE allowing Dr. Minuk to customize your treatment:
Fraxel 1550 laser: penetrates deep into the skin layers, specifically targeting concerns and improving wrinkles, acne scarring, sun damage & texture changes from sun & aging.
Fraxel 1927 laser: effectively targets tone, brown spots, and pigment, texture and other more superficial signs of aging. Dr. Minuk will tailor your treatment to your desired outcome and can even combine them so that you receive the added benefits of both a superficial and deep laser treatment, BOTH ON AND OFF THE FACE.
What to Expect After a Fraxel Treatment
Depending on the level of the treatment, you may experience redness or swelling after the procedure which diminishes as quickly as the next day or over the next several days.. As with sunburn, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally, revealing fresher, glowing and smoother looking and feeling skin.
Remarkable Results You Can See and Feel
Fraxel DUAL laser treatment is a way to correct aged and damaged skin â€“ without the prolonged downtime or adverse reactions of other resurfacing procedures. Safe and effective, the Fraxel Dual laser is cleared by the FDA and has undergone extensive testing in the lab and out in the field.
How It Works
Fraxel treatment uses patented fractional technology to target damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into the skin. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched, which promotes rapid healing. This stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.
Because the technology is so precise, Fraxel treatment works not only on the face, but also on delicate skin areas like the neck, chest and hands.
Fraxel treatment delivers dramatic results, fast healing and maximum safety.