Fraxel Dual laser treatments improve the tone, texture, and radiance of the skin. Effective for aged, sun-damaged, or scarred skin, these advanced laser skin resurfacing treatments can get you back to looking years younger. Women and men come to Essential Dermatology for Fraxel Dual treatments in Natick from Wellesley, Framingham, and Weston, MA, and other surrounding cities for natural results without extended downtime.

How Does the Fraxel Dual Work?

The Fraxel Dual laser targets damaged, aging skin with microscopic laser columns. These penetrate into the deep layers of your skin to accelerate the body’s collagen production. The laser only treats small fractions of the tissue at a time, so the surrounding tissue is unharmed. This helps to promote rapid healing. This is an effective treatment since it stimulates the growth of healthy skin cells from the inside out. Dr. Krathen will help to create your personalized treatment plan with the Fraxel Dual laser to help effectively rejuvenate your skin.

What Can the Fraxel Dual Treat?

Fraxel Dual treatments rejuvenate the appearance and texture of the skin by correcting signs of aging and sun damage, which include:

  • Wrinkles and fine lines caused by collagen lost to sun damage and the natural aging process.
  • Crow’s feet that form at the outer corners of the eyes. 
  • Enlarged pores resulting from a buildup of excess oil, hormonal changes, or genetics. 
  • Tone and texture that looks rough, uneven, or dull.
  • Scars from acne, chickenpox, surgery, or injury.
  • Pigmentation due to the concentration of melanin in specific spots.
  • Actinic keratosis caused by years of sun exposure.

Meet Dr. Michael Krathen

Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.

Meet Dr. Krathen
Credentials You Can Trust

How Much Does Fraxel Dual Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost in Natick?

At Essential Dermatology, prices for Fraxel Dual laser treatments vary with the treatment area as follows: 

  • Hands: $540 
  • Acne scars (cheeks): $875 
  • Full face: $1,075 
  • Neck/décolletage: $1,075 

Is Fraxel Dual Right for Me? 

The right laser treatment for you depends on a variety of factors, including the concerns you want to address and the amount of downtime you have available. The table provides a high-level comparison of your options. 

Laser Treatment Comparison  

TreatmentConditionDowntimeNumber of TreamentsTechnology
Fraxel® DualWrinkles
Pigmentation
Uneven texture
Scars
Actinic keratosis
Less than a week1 to 2 for pigmentation

2 to 3 for wrinkles/scars
Non-ablative Fractional
IPLPigmentation
Redness
Fine Wrinkles
Veins


1 to 2 days


2 to 4Non-ablative
Full field
CO2RE® Laser
Fractional CO2
Wrinkles
Pigmentation
Uneven texture
Scars
Laxity
About a week1Ablative
Fractional
Vbeam®
Perfecta/Prima

Redness
Acne
Scars

1 to 5 days1 or moreNon-ablative
Full field
Treatment
Fraxel® DualCO2RE® Laser
Fractional CO2
ConditionCondition
Wrinkles
Pigmentation
Uneven texture
Scars
Actinic keratosis
Wrinkles
Pigmentation
Uneven texture
Scars
Laxity
DowntimeDowntime
Less than a weekAbout a week
Number of TreatmentsNumber of Treatments
1 to 2 for pigmentation
2 to 3 for wrinkles/scars
1
TechnologyTechnology
Non-ablative FractionalAblative Fractional
TreatmentTreatment
Vbeam®
Perfecta/Prima
IPL
ConditionCondition
Redness
Acne
Scars
Pigmentation
Redness
Fine wrinkles
Veins
DowntimeDowntime
1 to 5 days1 to 2 days
Number of TreatmentsNumber of Treatments
1 or more2 to 4
TechnologyTechnology
Non-ablative Full fieldNon-Ablative Full field

What Are Fraxel Dual Treatments Like? 

Dr. Krathen performs Fraxel Dual laser skin resurfacing as an office treatment. Patients typically experience warming and a mild prickling sensation during the treatment. A topical anesthetic is applied to help minimize any discomfort.  

No Surgery or
Injections

Fraxel® is non‑invasive - no cutting, no needles.

A Single
Treatment

Fraxel® is designed to create a younger-looking appearance in a single treatment.

Integrated
Cooling

Integrated cooling to help aid in patient comfort.

Minimal
Downtown

Outstanding results without extended downtime.

Look
Younger

Fraxel® is for people who want to look younger without dramatic changes.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Fraxel Dual? 

While treated areas will look sunburned for about a week, most patients can return to regular, non-strenuous activities right away. Makeup can be applied after approximately a week, as directed by Dr. Krathen. 

How Many Fraxel Dual Treatments Will I Need? 

In most cases, 1 to 2 Fraxel treatments are needed to correct brown spots, dyschromia, and excess pigment. For wrinkles and acne scarring, we typically perform 2 to 3 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart.  

Can You Combine Fraxel Dual With Other Treatments? 

Yes. The results from Fraxel Dual can be complemented or enhanced with other facial rejuvenation treatments such as: 

Fraxel Dual FAQ 

Do Fraxel Dual treatments hurt? 

We prepare the skin with a topical anesthetic to minimize discomfort during treatment. Fraxel Dual’s integrated cooling feature enhances the treatment experience. 


What should you not do after Fraxel Dual laser treatment? 

You will be provided with post-treatment instructions before your Fraxel treatment. Be sure to take the following precautions: 

  • Avoid scrubbing, rubbing, or exfoliating the skin for about a week.
  • Postpone intense exercise or anything else that makes you sweat for the first week. 
  • Do not spend time in the sun. If you go outdoors, be sure to wear high-quality sunscreen. 

How long does it take to see results? 

Most patients notice that their skin is softer, more evenly colored, and firmer soon after a Fraxel Dual treatment. Improvements continue over the next 3 to 6 months with continued healing and increased collagen production.  


How long will my results last? 

Results can last years, depending on your age and the condition of your skin when you have the treatment. You can extend the life of your results by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, a daily skincare routine, and consistent sunscreen use. 

Schedule a Consultation

The Fraxel Dual laser is a great method for refreshing your skin that is completely non-invasive. If you wish to get younger-looking skin, contact Dr. Krathen at Essential Dermatology.  To get started, call our office at (508) 827-2615  or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.

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