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Beauty Tech Review: Fractional Resurfacing - Synopsis


We spoke to several physicians, including attendees of the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) about fractional skin resurfacing. These procedures refresh skin and improve appearance, clearing off years of damage. We are pleased to provide this synopsis- our Beauty Tech Review of Fractional Resurfacing Devices.

By Keith Veseleny, Editor

Over the last several weeks, we've shared our Beauty Tech Review of Fractional Resurfacing devices. We spoke to 9 physicians about 9 technologies to learn what it is each device does best and how they all manage to provide improvements to your skin's texture and tone.

Fraxel re:store Dual

  • Dr. Heidi Waldorf: ...what the Dual adds is an extra layer of efficacy without adding a lot of downtime.
  • 2-4 treatments provide significant results
  • Provides overall rejuvenation without surgery
  • Non-Ablative Fractional Erbium & Thulium Laser
  • Additional information about {!Fraxel re:store Dual | Fraxel}

Matrix IR

  • Dr. Etai Funk:...many patients go back to work the next day, no problem.
  • Able to treat all skin types
  • Combines laser and radio frequency energy
  • Fractional Diode (915 nm) Laser with Radio Frequency
  • Additional information about Matrix IR


  • Dr. Michael Kaminer:...The big advantage with fractional resurfacing is the safety margin.
  • Works best on the face, but can be used on neck, hands, and chest
  • Treats sun damage, enlarged pores, and fine lines
  • Ablative Fractional Er:YAG Laser
  • Additional information about ProFractional

Sandstone Matrix

  • Dr. Janee Steinberg:...the recovery has been much easier for the patient than the older technology.
  • Sun damage correction nearly everywhere on the body
  • Generally no age limit
  • Ablative Fractional CO2 Laser


  • Dr. Lori Brightman:you improve the tone, texture, luminosity of the skin
  • Sublative rejuvenation technology
  • Colorblind to patient skin type
  • Non-ablative Fractionated Bi-polar RF
  • Additional information about eMatrix


  • Dr. Deborah Sarnoff: ...photo damage of the face, d?colletage, dorsum of the hands? we can use it for a variety of purposes.
  • Can treat in as little as 15 minutes
  • Greater safety, even for patients of color
  • Ablative Fractional CO2 Laser
  • Additional information about SmartSkin


  • Dr. Gregory Chernoff: ...we can now exfoliate as lightly as we need to for a patient or go as deep as we need.
  • Provides ablative skin resurfacing
  • Often only needs one treatment
  • Ablative Fractional CO2 Laser
  • Additional information about ActiveFX

Cutera Pearl Laser

  • Dr. George Davis: ...we can actually transform people's skin pretty dramatically within about a month.
  • Treats sun damage, uneven texture, and wrinkles
  • Length of recovery depends on the intensity of treatment
  • Ablative Fractional Erbium Laser
  • Additional information about Cutera Pearl Laser

Fraxel re:pair

  • Dr. Christopher Zachary: ...very little pain, and the wound healing is very fast.
  • Improvement continues for as much as a year
  • Treatment takes only about 35-40 minutes
  • Ablative Fractional CO2 Laser
  • Additional information about {!Fraxel re:pair | fraxel}

SmartXide DOT Therapy

  • Dr. Bill Johnson: ...it's very versatile... how deep you go, how tight you put your dots, and how the shape of your pattern, and all those things add to a more versatile device
  • Able to combine with other treatments such as Thermage.
  • Treatment takes about 25-30 minutes plus time for topical anesthetic
  • Ablative Fractional CO2 Laser
  • Additional information about SmartXide DOT Therapy