Two treatments that have come to the forefront are Fraxel and Triniti. They are two very different approaches to basically the same type of skincare. Let’s take a look at what they have in common, and where they differ.
One of the biggest differences between these two skincare treatments is that while Fraxel uses one single solution, laser, Triniti makes use of several approaches combined within the treatment. The Fraxel non-ablative laser treatment uses fractional photothermolysis to create thousands of microscopic lasers. These lasers penetrate the subdermal level of the skin, introducing heat to the cells below. This heat disrupts the cells and triggers an increased production of collagen.
While the heat from the lasers may be creating this increased collagen production, a layer of gel or some other cooling device keeps the upper levels of the skin cool, bypassing the destructive side effects that ablative laser skincare can have. The increased collagen combines with other matrix proteins, resulting in a new layer of skin cells. This gives the skin in the area of treatment a smoother and more youthful appearance.
After the treatment you can expect a small amount of pinpoint bleeding from the laser sites. This is because the lasers create small open wounds that will take time, usually several days, to heal. There is also usually swelling and redness in the treatment area for a week or two after the Fraxel sessions. It is not unusual to have crusting of the treated skin area, dry peeling skin or itching in the treatment area for the first month while the area of treatment heals.
While there might be a small amount of skin tightening as a result of the laser treatment, it is not significant. The little that does happen is a side effect of the tightening of the matrix in the area where the treatment was done as a result of the introduction of heat.
The principle end result of this type of skincare treatment is a slow gradual improvement of the skin surface. For those with fine wrinkles, uneven skin tone and other types of ageing skin issues this may be a good solution. However, anyone who needs true skin tightening or has deep wrinkles or grooves will find that the Fraxel treatments will not be sufficient.
As stated above, Triniti uses three different solutions within the one skincare regime to achieve a broader end result. This treatment utilizes radio frequency (RF) and pulsed light in different combinations to produce even skin tones, smooth skin and lifting and tightening of the skin. Although each of the three treatments can be done on their own, here at Shine Clinic we encourage the synergistic use of all three to give the best results.
Besides simply smoothing out uneven skin tone and texture, which is the prime benefit of Fraxel, Triniti skincare can also deliver tightening of skin and even lift sunken areas of the face such as around the cheekbones or below the eyes. By utilizing both radio frequency and pulsed light it gives a more complete facial rejuvenation treatment.
The skin treatment begins with IPL and RF. This will level out the pigmentation at the top skin level by altering abnormal skin tones. This is followed up with a Refirme tightening treatment; a combination of pulsed infrared light and bipolar radio frequency waves. This will stimulate collagen production and tighten skin in the treatment areas. Finally, with the singular treatment of bipolar radio frequency as a sublative RF treatment Triniti will go deeper below the skin to reduce fine lines and further tighten the skin as it stimulates collagen production. This also will stimulate elastin production to aid in the health of new skin cells.
After the treatment expect to feel some heat and see a bit of redness in the treatment area for a few hours. However, since the skin is never actually disrupted there is no weeping open wounds as there is with Fraxel treatments. This is an important distinction as anytime there is an actual open wound there is also the possibility of more serious side effects from a treatment.
The areas where the pigmentation was altered will dry and flake off over the next few days as the treatment takes hold. Expect to continue to see improvements in skin texture over the next few months as the new collagen production creates new skin cells and pushes the old tired skin aside.
Choosing a Skincare Treatment for You
As you can see there are indeed some similarities in the two approaches to skincare treatments using Fraxel and Triniti. For many it really does come down to what you need. If you want to have an element of skin tightening with the treatment, then the Triniti may be the best route to take. While Fraxel is considered a leader when it comes to laser skincare treatments, you can see that utilizing RF and various light treatments creates fewer problems after treatment.
If you are interested in exploring new skincare treatments or facial rejuvenation treatments, be sure to read our fact sheets on Facial Rejuvenation and IPL Skin Rejuvenation for more details. Of course, booking a consultation with Dr. Kathy Gallagher to explore exactly what kind of skin treatment would work best for you is always the best first step to getting back healthy glowing skin.