Innovative Laser Treatment Now Offered By Dermatologist in San Diego

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Dr. Susan Stuart, a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego, is now offering the recently released laser platform, Fraxel® Dual 1927mm/1550mm. The FDA-approved laser provides comprehensive skin benefits with little to no downtime.

Dr. Susan M. Stuart, a board-certified dermatologist in San Diego, is now offering some of the latest Fraxel technology at her practice. This revitalizing laser eliminates skin damage and promotes healthy collagen production without injuring the epidermis, or outer skin layer.

Dr. Stuart has offered Fraxel treatments for many years as part of her comprehensive approach to dermatology in San Diego. Her recent upgrade to the Fraxel Dual platform offers numerous advantages to her patients.

"Fraxel Dual is arguably the most advanced laser skin treatment currently available," Dr. Stuart says. "It's an extremely effective and efficient skin rejuvenation platform that works on every part of the body. We use it to correct lines, wrinkles, large pores, actinic keratosis, brown spots, melasma and a host of other issues."

One benefit of the new Fraxel platform is that it is comfortable and gentle, yet still effective. Fraxel requires minimal to no downtime because it goes to work deep below the skin's surface, Dr. Stuart says. "Fraxel gently penetrates the epidermis to make changes deeper in the dermis," she says. "The visible top layers of skin remain fairly intact."

For patients, this means less time away from their daily routine. "Earlier laser systems would often keep the patient out of the public eye for several days, or even weeks after a session due to the harshness of the laser and the healing involved," she says. "With this new dual-wavelength system, many patients return to regular activities immediately."

Patients treated with this new version of Fraxel in San Diego tend to appear sunburned after their sessions, Dr. Stuart says. "I tell my Fraxel patients to expect to look as if they've spent a little too much time outside," she says. "They might experience some redness, and their skin typically begins to peel - again, just like we see with a sunburn - after a day or two." Patients who choose the Fraxel Dual platform get the resurfacing benefits of a CO2 laser without the downtime or wound care.

Fraxel sessions last 30 minutes on average, Dr. Stuart says. Patients should also factor in an hour prior to their treatment for the application of a topical anesthetic, although this is often unnecessary with the improved comfort of Fraxel Dual. Following a treatment, patients' skin develops a healthier, softer and more toned appearance gradually over 2 weeks. While some patients choose to limit their Fraxel treatment to one office visit, others can maximize their results with 3 or 4 sessions spaced about a month apart.


Dr. Susan M. Stuart ( is a board-certified dermatologist offering laser skin care, skin cancer therapies, laser hair removal, and other skin rejuvenating procedures alongside her husband and practice partner, triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo. After receiving her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Stuart completed a competitive internship at Mercy Hospital Center in San Diego followed by a residency and fellowship in dermatology. Dr. Stuart is highly respected as a faculty member at UCSD Medical Center, has held numerous prestigious professional appointments, and has been selected as one of America's Top Physicians in dermatology.

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