Frax 1940 / Nordlys Laser

  • Best Results1-3 sessions
  • Treatment Recovery4-6 days
  • Procedure Time35 min
  • Skin SpecialistNurses
  • Duration of Results2-5 years
  • AnaestheticNumbing
  • Back to Work2-6 days
  • Cost$$

Frax 1940 / Nordlys Laser

The Frax & Nordlys system from Candela comprises gentle laser & light treatments. Lasers use specific wavelengths to target skin concerns including pigmentation, pore size, redness, wrinkles & dull skin. Each laser has a specific role to play. Different lasers are employed to treat different skin types & presentations.

FactsFacts On The Frax 1940 Laser

  • This laser is classed as a fractional laser, treating predetermined portions of skin
  • Frax 1940 is ideal for addressing pigment, dull skin, sun damage & wrinkles 
  • This laser is non-ablative, meaning it has a quick healing time
  • Recovery ranges from 4 to 5 days
  • Most patients require 1-3 sessions, depending upon your expectations
  • Addition of retinoic acid directly after laser can improve clinical outcomes

What is the Frax 1940?

This is a new & novel wavelength for 2022 & beyond. This laser is best for mild to moderate pigmentation, sun damage & wrinkles in lighter skin types.

It was developed to compete with Fraxel Dual, namely the 1927 & 1550 wavelength. The target for this laser is water in the upper epidermis & the papillary dermis. The depth of penetration for 1940 is deeper than Fraxel. The density coverage & power is equal (70%, up to 20 mj). Delivery of the laser beams are linear & sequential with the Frax.

What skin conditions can Frax 1940 laser treat?

Concept to understand: each laser wavelength plays a specific role. If a clinic has limited wavelengths & lasers, you may have a compromised treatment. The Frax 1940 laser is advertised as a multi-treatment platform that can address everything from melasma to wrinkles. My main indications are-

  • Pigment or dyschromia in lighter skin types 1-2.
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Sun damage including sunspots & broken collagen (elastosis)
  • Mild skin laxity in lighter skin types

I do not use this laser to treat melasma. Darker skin types can be treated with this wavelength however multiple sessions are required.

What condition can NOT be treated with Frax laser?

This laser is good for superficial skin conditions. It does not treat

  • Melasma (other lasers do a much better job)
  • Skin laxity (mild cases can respond)
  • Volume loss (only fillers or fat transfer can do this)
  • Acne scars (different methods required)
  • Deep wrinkles (Co2 lasers are much better)

What skin types can be treated with Frax 1940/1550 laser resurfacing?

Lighter skin types are suited for Frax 1940. This means Caucasian skin types. Darker skin types can be treated with this wavelength; however laser settings are conservative, namely lower energy & passes. Darker skin patients should be treated with pico lasers.

Davin’s Viewpoint on the Frax 1940 laser

The new platform from Candela provides a novel wavelength for skin rejuvenation. The Frax system comes in two wavelengths, namely a 1940 & a 1550. The 1940 is good for superficial skin concerns, including pigmentation (non-melasma) & dyschromia. This means sun damage, liver spots (often best in combination with the Pico or Q switch laser), sunspots or solar keratosis as well as fine lines & wrinkles.

Most patients require 1-2 sessions. In my practice I combine different lasers in the one setting. This is called hybrid laser resurfacing. It gives much better results than using one laser. Combinations with Frax include- CO2 with the CORE, eCO2, erbium fractional (much like HALO, only better), RF microneedling, & pico lasers.

We also use the Frax to deliver actives including retinoic acid & retinoids. These topicals further improve skin quality.

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