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Fraxel is one of the newest approaches to skin
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New York, NY - May 17, 2005 -- New laser erases more than wrinkles,
lines, spots, and discoloration: Skin resurfacing with FraxelTM SR eliminates
many side effects of traditional laser treatments
For most "Baby Boomers," the prospect of smoothing fine lines, wrinkles and age
spots with laser skin resurfacing has come with a cadre of disadvantages – from
moderate to severe pain, lengthy healing times, risk of scarring and high costs.
But a new, FDA-approved laser promises to cut down on the drawbacks of
traditional lasers, while providing much of the same benefits.
According to Dr. Joshua Fox, M.D., a leading NY-area dermatologist and founding
director of Advanced Dermatology and The Center for Laser and Cosmetic Surgery,
the new FraxelTM laser is far more effective than non-ablative, pulsed-light and
laser treatments, and offers faster less risk and less painful results than
ablative (CO2 / Erbium) laser treatments. "Fraxel is offering patients the best
of both worlds," Dr. Fox notes. "We are able to provide patients with superior
results and fewer side-effects with essentially no downtime."
"Pretty as a Picture"
Fraxel"s technology works on skin in much the same way a computer artist might
manipulate a digital photograph. Just as the artist corrects "pixel-by-pixel" in
a photograph, the laser works cell-by-cell on the skin. "Fraxel corrects a
pattern of cells, called Micro Thermal Zones (MTZ), rather than the entire
surface," Dr. Fox explains. "This allows the healthy surrounding cells to
promote faster healing to the entire area," he adds. What"s more, Fraxel
treatments are applied deeply into the skin, encouraging regeneration at the
collagen level. "This is where we see the real benefits of the Fraxel laser
treatment, in that it aids in the natural regrowth of healthier, younger-looking
skin cells," Dr. Fox says.
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Conversely, Dr. Fox explains, ablative lasers are applied to the full surface of
the area being treated. While the treatments are effective, they leave the skin
raw, bleeding, oozing and crusted and require a lengthy healing time with a
significant risk of scarring and/or discoloration. Non-ablative treatments,
while gentler, do not penetrate as deep and so their effectiveness is marginal.
Another benefit to Fraxel treatment is its abbreviated treatment regimen. While
traditional ablative treatment can take months to achieve maximum results,
Fraxel usually takes only three to five treatments with redness lasting usually
one to two days. In addition, results are both immediate and progressive; most
patients see improvements after the first session, but results continue to build
as the collagen regenerates over the course of several weeks.
In addition to shortening the treatment period, Fraxel"s technology also cuts
down on the pain, disfigurement and healing time of laser treatments. "The
reduction of both short-term and long-term side effects usually associated with
an ablative approach is perhaps the most significant factor for patients who
choose the Fraxel treatment," Dr. Fox says. "Their quality of life is vastly
improved – they can resume their normal activities the next day, and can even
apply light makeup to the area immediately after treatment." As one of the first
cosmetic surgeons in the New York metro area to offer Fraxel, Dr. Fox notes that
the new treatment is also usually less costly than other laser and even
non-laser anti-aging options. As improvement is gradual and progressive patients
like that the results are very natural looking and unlike many facelifts and
other aggressive procedures.
The FDA approved Fraxel, created by a Palo Alto, CA-based research company
called Reliant Technologies, late last year for the treatment of age spots,
wrinkles, fine lines and discoloration associated with aging. Studies associated
with the FDA approval process revealed little or no risk associated with the
treatment, with side effects reported as mild, short-term tenderness and redness
at the treatment site. Fraxel treatment can be applied to any soft tissue area
of the body, but the face, hands, arms and chest are the most popular areas for
Bio: Joshua L. Fox, M.D.
Joshua L. Fox, M.D. is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with an
expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery, and laser procedures. As an official
spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of
Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Fox has been an expert resource on dermatologic topics
for numerous television networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Telemundo, talk
shows, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Dr. Fox has served on the board
of the National Rosacea Foundation and has done clinical trials in both medical
and laser therapy in Rosacea. He has received multiple research and clinical
awards including recognition from Top Doctors, Who's Who, Journal of
Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, Community Service Award from the American
Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the prestigious Husic Award as well
certificates of recognition for service from multiple hospitals, civic,
educational and community organizations. Dr. Fox has authored and presented
papers of his research on lasers, cosmetic procedures, stretch marks, scars,
skin cancer, bug bites, photosensitivity and various rashes.
As founder and director of Advanced Dermatology and The Center for Laser and
Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Fox and associates have expanded the practice to the one
of largest in dermatology, laser & cosmetic surgery with more lasers than any
hospital or dermatology practice on the eastern coast. Dr. Fox is a graduate of
the New York University Medical Center of Skin and Cancer and has been on the
advisory board of the Psoriasis Foundation and National Rosacea Foundation among
others. He has also been a fellow of many societies including the International
Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and
the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Fox is the founder of the AAD
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention Program in Queens, New York since 1987. Dr. Fox
has been Chief of Dermatology of several major teaching hospitals including Mt.
Sinai Hospital of Queens and Jamaica Medical Center and is currently on the
staff of ten NY area hospitals. Dr. Fox and Advanced Dermatology the Center for
Laser & Cosmetic Surgery have been used as a resource center educating
dermatologists, laser surgeons, & cosmetic surgeons and others about lasers,
cancer and cosmetic surgery.
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