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Fraxel Fabulous!

Words by Carolyn Gerin

Dr. Paige Radell is a rare combination of glamour puss, girl friend and skin guru. She’s impressive in her “take no prisoners” attitude, coupled with her baby steps approach to getting beautiful results safely. Her specialty is listening and connecting: to what patients, and brides want to achieve, and then delivering spectacular results. All dermatologists are not created equal: creativity tempered with judgment is what you seek in a physician, especially when you’re slated to walk down the aisle.
 
When you’ve been given enough steroid creams and useless prescriptions from lesser physicians - you look to innovators such as Radell to lead the way. And lead she does: with cutting edge technologies such as Fraxel.
 
Grocery bags under the eyes, crows feet, scars, brown spots, large pores, fine, deep and marionette lines are eradicated in an afternoon under her expert hands. Two treatments usually do the trick but four or five is recommended (treatment should stop 2 months before the wedding).
 
FDA approved Fraxel® Laser Treatment improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of microscopic laser spots. Fraxel produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment in your skin, known as micro thermal treatment zones. This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deep into the dermis. Just as important are the areas of skin the Fraxel laser leaves untouched. For every micro thermal zone the laser targets and treats intensively, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This "fractional" treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body's natural healing process to create new, healthy tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections. New epidermal skin forms in 24 hours, and after a small amount of peeling, collagen rises, wrinkles plump out, and the sacrifice of only 2 days of “social down time” is a small price to pay for the results.
 
Fraxel is a combination knock out punch: combining the benefits of Botox, IPL, and Thermage into one. Results last for up to a year, and keep getting better: you turn into a collagen machine, producing more than you did before, a virtual fountain of youth.
Paige Radell, M.D.
510-763-2662
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