Fraxel® Lasers

Numerous choices exist for people interested improving their skin’s appearance. Laser resurfacing is one of the most effective options, reducing wrinkles, scars, and blemishes with just a few treatments. At The Skin Care and Laser Center of Central Dermatology, we offer the non-invasive Fraxel® laser in Chapel Hill, NC to residents of Raleigh-Durham and other nearby communities. Enhanced technology provides more precise laser treatments than available in the past.

Discover which of our 3 Fraxel lasers is the most appropriate for you by requesting an appointment online, or calling (919) 493-3194 to schedule an appointment. The Skin Care and Laser Center of Central Dermatology in Chapel Hill is adjacent to Central Dermatology Center and supervised by board-certified dermatologists.

What Happens During Laser Resurfacing?

Fraxel pioneered fractional laser resurfacing, which penetrates the skin in a pattern of pinpoint channels of light rather than a solid beam. Before the development of fractional technology, laser resurfacing used broad-brush treatments that damaged healthy tissue surrounding the targeted areas.

Traditionally, 2 kinds of laser treatment have been available for cosmetic skin treatment: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative lasers are more aggressive, treating deeper layers of the skin. Ablative lasers are one of the most effective ways to improve your skin if you have significant acne scarring or more severe signs of sun damage. The tradeoff is most patients require up to 2 weeks of recovery time.

Less aggressive non-ablative lasers penetrate into your skin to stimulate growth of collagen while leaving surrounding tissue intact. No skin is actually removed during the treatment and there are very few side effects and minimal downtime. Several treatments are typically required, however, to obtain the desired results.

Our Fraxel Lasers

The 2 non-ablative Fraxel lasers we use are:

  • Fraxel re:store® – We use this laser to stimulate collagen growth, improving your skin’s tone and texture while reducing the appearance of fine lines.
  • Fraxel DUAL® – An advancement in laser technology, the Fraxel DUAL uses 2 wavelengths to perform double-duty. It adds a laser targeting pigmentation and pre-cancerous spots on your skin, while simultaneously improving the tone and appearance of your skin.

Fraxel makes an ablative laser we use to treat more severe signs of skin damage or acne scarring:

  • Fraxel re:pair® – Vaporizes unwanted tissue using a high-intensity carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. The fractional technology, though, speeds up recovery time compared to other ablative lasers while still producing dramatic results with only 1 or 2 treatments.

Dr. Beth Goldstein, Dr. Jennelle S. Williams, Dr. David T. DeVries, Dr. Rebecca Todd Bell, Dr. C. Lynn Cheng and Dr. Nadia S. Wang are all board-certified dermatologists and members of the American Academy of Dermatologists. At Central Dermatology Center, We specialize in the prevention and treatment of skin cancer, and the treatment of acne and acne scars, aging skin and wrinkles, hair loss, eczema and rashes, moles, cysts and lesions, and rosacea and redness. CDC serves patients from throughout North Carolina, including Chapel Hill, Raleigh-Durham, Cary, and Sanford.