At summer’s end, Dr. Eugenie Brunner’s patients will be able to make up for some of their sun worshipping with Fraxel® CO2 Laser Resurfacing, coming to her office this fall.

“Fraxel is becoming the gold standard for CO2 laser resurfacing,” Dr. Brunner, facial plastic surgeon, explained. “It’s amazing for tightening skin, and for softening wrinkles all over the face. It can also be used on eyelids and, for the first time, the neck. Fraxel reduces crepe-like skin that often forms on the neck.”

The technique behind Fraxel is fractionated resurfacing. Most people are familiar with the computer term “pixilated.” Fractionated resurfacing is similar because there are microscopic areas the laser beam leaves untouched to speed healing. These “healing centers” aren’t possible with conventional CO2 and other lasers.

“In addition to the great results, another benefit of Fraxel is a shorter recovery time,” Dr. Brunner added. “Recovery is only five to seven days, and consists of some pinkness that’s easily covered with make-up. With the old CO2 lasers, we were talking two weeks of intensive skin care and not leaving the house, followed by months of additional recovery time. Not so with Fraxel.”

The short recovery time is another way fractionated lasering is superior. Because it’s “pixilated” on a microscopic level, there’s a good depth of penetration. Yet the “healing centers” remain untouched and hasten recovery. Patients engage in multiple treatments for maximum effectiveness, usually once per month for three to five months.

Dr. Brunner still uses all the tools in her facial rejuvenation arsenal to benefit patients. Some with very deep wrinkles may combine Fraxel with injectable fillers such as Restylane® or Juvéderm™. In fact, Dr. Brunner says Fraxel preps the skin nicely for fillers by making it more pliable.

And while Fraxel is a good alternative for skin tightening, those with significant excess skin may need to pursue a facelift in conjunction with laser treatments, fillers and/or BOTOX® treatments.

Of course, using “sun-smarts” is the first step to healthier skin. Statistics show 90 percent of skin aging comes from overexposure to the sun.

“Prevention is key. You should use sun block every day, all year,” Dr. Brunner explained. “Many people fail to realize that their skin is exposed even when they aren’t out tanning, including exposure through car and office windows, when gardening or out for a walk, even when walking to and from the car. People also forget that a cloudy day isn’t necessarily a ‘safe’ skin day — ultraviolet rays filter through.”

To counter the cumulative effects of sun exposure, Dr. Brunner recommends a minimum 15 SPF sun block used daily. “It’s easy: find a moisturizer that contains 15 SPF. If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun,” she continued, “use at least a 30-35 SPF, and reapply every 90 minutes, and after swimming. And, look for UVA and UVB protection.”

To learn more about what Dr. Brunner offers, visit her on the Web at, or call (609) 921-9497.

Dr. Eugenie Brunner, Facial Plastic Surgeon. 256 Bunn Dr., Suite 4, Princeton. 609-921-9497. Fax: 609-921-7040.

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