I have just made a comment to an article named “Looking Younger Without Surgery” published by Hudson Valley Press in Newburgh, New York. Read full text.

Dr. Ran Rubinstein, board-certified facial plastic surgeon and founding physician of Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Specialists PC, is among the first in the tri-state region offering two new aesthetic solutions to turn back the clock on aging and sun-damaged skin.

Dr. Rubinstein has Fraxel re:store and re:pair, and provide the benefits of traditional skin resurfacing techniques without significant downtime and risks. “The results we are achieving with both the Fraxel re:store and re:pair laser systems are remarkable,” said Dr. Rubinstein. “Fraxel treatments represent new-generation laser resurfacing with predictable results. They allow me to rebuild damaged skin like digital photo modification – spot by spot.”

With the new Fraxel re:store and re:pair laser treatments, patients receive:

  • Plumping of acne scars and surgical scars
  • Smoother skin texture
  • Reduced wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improved skin tone
  • Softening of deep frown lines

Fraxel restore and repair offer two levels of laser treatment according to Dr. Rubinstein. “While both reduce the appearance of acne scars, surgical scars, wrinkles, age and sun spots, I recommend re:store for anyone who wants more vibrant, younger looking skin with little to no downtime,” said Dr. Rubinstein. Three to five re:store treatment sessions are recommended at two to four week intervals.

“Fraxel re:pair is the more intensive treatment – best for more damaged skin,” explained the doctor. The fractionated laser technology in Fraxel re:pair has reduced downtime to as little as five days, in most cases. Usually only a single treatment is required. The added safety of both Fraxel technologies has made laser resurfacing safe for the face, as well as the neck, chest and hands Dr. Rubinstein added.

I wonder if Dr. Rubenstein is familiar with Nd:YAG/Erbium modalities used in a combination in one seating, sometimes referred to as Bi-Modal Facial Rejuvenation.

The Hudson Valley Press is the “first and only minority newspaper that gives coverage to Orange, Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland, and Ulster Counties. While primarily targeting the African American and Latino community, the weekly Hudson Valley Press promotes unification among all races and celebrates diversity.”

We have not seen any reputable studies on using ablative fractional lasers, so Dr. Rubenstein’s input would be very appreciated. The picture used in the article as “Wrinkles before/after Fraxel laser procedure” is showing a skin type II-III woman.

Aesthetic practitioners know that Fraxel is an expensive laser, treatments are expensive also, and they are not so well tolerated by patients with darker skin types. The first generation (non-ablative) did not live up to physicians’ expectations. The newer Fraxel (and many other fractional lasers that have been rolled out on the market by all major laser manufacturers) is ablative. Neither CO2 nor Erbium work well on skin types V-VI and require caution.

Comments, anybody?