Fraxel at Germain Dermatology

You constantly hear how great lasers can be for a variety of skin issues, but what laser do you choose? With so much new technology, multiple treatments and an overflow of information it’s hard to understand what laser to use and what they do. 
Today we are breaking down the Fraxel Laser Treatment. 
Fraxel® (a fractional laser) is a laser beam divided into thousands of microscopic treatment zones that target a fraction of the skin at a time. These beams rejuvenate sub-surface skin cells and prompts collagen production via light energy treating wrinkles, sun spots, melasma, actinic keratoses, large pores, and scars from acne or surgery. 
The treatment takes about 30 minutes, and although a skin resurfacing tool, is noninvasive and gentle. No skin is peeled or abraded away making healing minimal.


Patients may notice some redness, swelling, and flaking in the days after their Fraxel® session, but side effects are minor and give way to long-lasting results. Improvements should be visible within a week, and will continue beyond that. 

Four to six treatments scheduled about a month apart may be necessary to generate a patient’s complete desired results.

Let us know if you have any laser questions. Our experts are always here to help and guide you to the BEST you yet! 

The Beauty of our Hands

“Some people read palms to tell your future, but I read hands to tell your past. Each scar makes a story worth telling. Each callused palm, each cracked knuckle is a missed punch or years in a factory.”  – Sarah Kay

Our hands are a beautiful gift. Whether rough and calloused or wrinkled and fair, they tell a story about our lives. Where we’ve been, what we’ve done, all the good and bad we’ve endured. But, because of the beating our hands take throughout our lives sometimes they can make us look older than we feel inside.

Don’t let your hands age you. Recent technology and research has found that the same treatments we use to preserve and restore the face can also be used on hands.

The first is Radiesse injections. 
Radiesse is a volumising filler commonly used to restore volume and contour to sunken cheeks or chins. Since Radiesse molds to the area being injected, stimulates natural collagen growth, and has proven to have durable and lasting results it is now an on demand product to treat the aging appearance of hands.

*Courtesy of RadiesseTreatment.com 

The second is Fraxel laser treatments.
Fraxel is a non-invasive laser treatment that penetrates the top skin layers and produces light technology to stimulate collagen and resurface the skin.  If you spend a lot of time in the sun, your skin may overreact by producing too much melanin, causing your age (or sun spots) to multiply. Fraxel works with your own skin cells to resurface your skin from the inside out. Due to it’s gentle nature Fraxel has become a popular treatment for reducing the aging appearance of hands.


Don’t miss out on our September Hands Special:
Receive 3 Fraxel hand treatments and 2 syringes of Radiesse* for only $1,500.

Get Lucky with our March Specials

   *  20% off Ultherapy~ An uplift, NOT a Faceflift! 

      Ultherapy allows physicians to focus sound waves deep under the skin to heat, lift and tighten loose skin without needles, cutting surgery or any damage to the skin’s surface. New collagen is naturally created and restore skins youthfulness. In addition, the deeper layers of the skin are thermally tightened and contract, to lift the skin. This latest FDA cleared technology is being used primarily on the face to lift sagging brows, reduce excess skin on the lids and open up the eyes thus wiping away years for a younger, rejuvenated look.
·        *  CoolSculpting The best way to get problem areas Beach Body Ready!
LARGE Applicator~ $999.00
REGULAR Applicator~$500.00

CoolSculpting™ by Zeltiq is an FDA cleared technology that uses cold therapy to freeze and destroy fat cells permanently, no surgery required. Zeltiq uses precisely targeted cold therapy in a comfortable treatment room.  The process zaps the energy from the fat cell, causing it to die over a period of 2-4 months. It crystallizes the lipids in the fat cells causing the slow breakdown of the cells and then is released through your body’s normal metabolic processes. The procedure takes about an hour and is literally harmless.
·         * Perfect 10 Peel- One Intermediate and One Advanced for $450! 
Turning back the hands of time has never been so easy thanks to all the advancements in peels. Unveil clearer and more even skin tone with this most advanced chemical peel.
·         * Purchase a Fraxel Face Package- Receive a Neck Treatment Package for FREE! ~ $2,500 Savings*
Fraxel is the original fractional laser treatment that works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. Fraxel light energy stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fraxel only treats targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective.
·        *  Buy 1 syringe of dermal filler and get the 2nd syringe 25% off!
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, RADIESSE®, SCULPTRA® Aesthetic, Perlane® and Restylane® can replace lost volume in a non surgical treatment. Dr. Marguerite Germain uses these injectable treatments with skill and artistry to temporarily fill-in wrinkles and plump up facial features for a natural-looking, refreshed appearance.
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Some fillers, such as JUVÉDERM XC, have incorporated lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. For other fillers, Dr. Germain may use a topical anesthetic to ensure that your treatment is as pleasant as possible. She takes the time with each and every patient to be sure that she is accomplishing your aesthetic goals and, in the process, ensuring your comfort both during and after the procedure.
·        *  Botox $9.75/unit
BOTOX works by relaxing the specific muscles that contract to cause wrinkles. Although a great deal of skill and focus is required on the part of the physician, for patients, BOTOX treatments in South Carolina will actually seem very simple and easy. Just apply some ice to the treatment area, a few tiny injections, a slight amount of pressure – and, before you know it, the treatment is over! 
Dr. Germain recommends that her patients keep up with BOTOX treatments every 3 to 4 months to maintain beautiful, prolonged wrinkle reduction.

* Dysport $3.00/unit

Dr. Germain also offers Dysport™, a BOTOX alternative. She may recommend Dysport for some patients and can discuss the differences between the two treatments with you. Dysport is an injection used to temporarily improve the look of your moderate to severe frown lines without changing the look of your whole face. The untreated facial muscles still work normally, allowing you to freely show facial expressions, such as smiling, in untreated areas.


*Dr. Germain Performs all Injections