What is Fraxel?

Vivia Center offers Fraxel Laser Treatment (DOT Therapy Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing) at our MedSpa in McLean, VA. Think of your skin as a digital photo that is delicately touched up one spot at a time. Fraxel treatment, likewise, affects a fraction of tissue at a time with thousands of microscopic laser columns—each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle. Then your body takes care of the rest. The laser columns stimulate a natural healing process that works from the inside out, replacing damaged tissue with younger, smoother, healthier skin.

The science of Fraxel treatment involves three key components:

  • The epidermis—the outer layer of our skin
  • The dermis—sub-layers of skin that include collagen and elastin
  • Microscopic laser columns—rebuilding skin from the inside out

Under the epidermis is a network of collagen and elastin, which are proteins that keep your skin youthful and tight. But as you age and get more sun exposure, those proteins simply break down faster than your body can rebuild them. As a result, your skin may start to sag and show damage like wrinkles, lines or spots.

This is where Fraxel laser treatment can help. Microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the dermis to create tiny wounds, which trigger your body’s natural response system to heal those wounds. This process expedites your body’s remodeling of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, fresher, more youthful-looking skin. This is how Fraxel treatment creates new skin from the inside out.

Just as important are the areas of skin that Fraxel treatment doesn’t touch. Because the treatment is so precise, the laser columns target only a fraction of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue intact. This “fractional” treatment allows your body to heal the skin faster than if the entire area were treated at once.

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

  • Deeper Lines

  • Acne

  • Rosacea

  • Acne Scarring

  • Aging Skin

How It Works

SmartXide Dot Therapy is a revolutionary laser skin resurfacing method that has recently been approved by the FDA for use in the United States. Like traditional laser resurfacing, SmartXide Dot uses a CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser to reduce such things as wrinkles, acne scars, redness, and sun damage. Vivia Center offers DOT Therapy in McLean, VA by our experienced skin care professionals.

Why It Works

What sets SmartXide Dot apart from traditional resurfacing methods is its unique ability to treat specific areas within a target zone, as opposed to the entire face, using a new technology that splits the laser beam into fine microbeams. This results in faster healing and no downtime for the patient. In fact, patients can apply make-up directly following a SmartXide Dot treatment. An added benefit of the SmartXide Dot method is that skin is tightened up to 20 percent, and can actually be seen tightening during the procedure. Full results are typically noticed within two to four treatment sessions, held two to four weeks apart. Improvements should continue to be seen for six months following the final session.

If you’re ready to try Fraxel Laser Treatment (DOT Therapy Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing), contact us to schedule your appointment in McLean, VA.