Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional resurfacing lasers, a newer technology perfected over the past six years, uses pattern-generated scanners to affect only a small percentage of your skin during the treatment, uniformly spread out over the entire area.
Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser Resurfacing is the best treatment if you wish to get the most results with one treatment. If you have the ability to take some time to heal, having this one treatment is like having multiple other non-invasive treatments at once. It is also the best single treatment for advanced skin damage and wrinkling.
It is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure. Discomfort varies on the depth of the treatment. For your comfort during the treatment, we apply a topical anesthetic to reduce discomfort. After the treatment most patients describe the post-procedure feeling as a bad sunburn for about 12 hours to 2 days. Please also follow the instructions for all other prescribed medication is needed post treatment.
How many treatments recommended?
Typically one laser treatment with Fractional Laser Resurfacing is recommended. Occasionally, in an area that cannot be treated aggressively, we may need to do more than one treatment to optimize results. Maintenance treatments may also be necessary to maintain results, especially if sun is not avoided or proper skin care used.
How does CO2 work?
Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method (columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing) to help reduce age-spots, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest.
How do I know if I need Fractional Laser Resurfacing?
Anyone who has sun damaged, aging skin, irregularly pigmented skin, wrinkles, sagging, irregular texture of the skin or other skin condition that could be expected to be improved with this treatment that understands the risks, costs and time necessary to achieve the full benefit of the procedure and who has realistic expectations of the ultimate outcome.
Can this be combined with other treatments?
CO2 can be combined with other treatments although we cannot do other treatments in the same area(s) treated on the same day. Many choose to have Wrinkle Relaxers such as Botulinum Toxin to reduce unwanted wrinkles caused by muscle contraction in addition to having Dermal Fillers to plump and fill areas where volume has been lost such as the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lower eyelids and lips.