Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
What does a Fractional CO2
Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment involve?
to expect after CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment?
Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser
What is Fractional CO2
Effective skin rejuvenation involves reduction of lines and wrinkles,
elimination of dark pigmentation caused by sun damage, pore shrinking and
smoothing of acne scars. These are difficult goals to achieve. A variety
of methods is available that attempt to improve any of these issues and some work fairly well. The Fraxel laser reduces acne
scarring and shrinks pores very well and products like Obagi® can reduce
the hyperpigmentation of both sun damage and melasma. There is now a new
laser that achieves all of the goals of skin resurfacing in one treatment.
The Fractional CO2 Laser is a new, less invasive version of the CO2
resurfacing laser. The CO2 laser technology is considered the gold
standard for reducing wrinkles, lines, and pigmentation. The main
difference is that the fractionation technique makes dermal lasers less
destructive while preserving their effectiveness. Instead of a solid beam
of energy that destroys a large area of skin tissue, the Fractional CO2
Laser emits microscopic beams that leave the tissue around the injury
intact. This allows faster healing and results in an easier recovery
period. The results are incredible.
Each pulse inflicts controlled damage to a tiny column of tissue. As ablation occurs, deep
heating stimulates immediate collagen contraction and long-term collagen
remodeling. Deeper wrinkles and scars have a dermal component and are most
effectively treated by penetrating deep into the problem areas. Higher
percentage of untreated skin enables quicker healing.
After a single treatment, the Fractional CO2 Laser improves lines under
the eyes and around the lips better than any other laser on the market
today. Even multiple Fraxel laser treatments are unable to deliver quite
as impressive results. During the treatment, Fractional CO2 Laser shrinks pores,
reduces pigmentation and eliminates lines, scars, and roughness of skin
throughout the face. After a few days of mild swelling and redness similar
to a sun burn, the skin is radically improved. The treatment also
stimulates collagen growth so improvements continue for up to six months
after the laser procedure. The treatment may be repeated again after a few
months, but most people are pleased with the results after only a single
What does a Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment
During the treatment the laser is moved
precisely over the area that needs to be treated. (The patient experiences
slight stinging, comparable with that of a rubber band snapped against the
skin. Topical numbing cream and the use of cooled air during the procedure
are usually enough to make the procedure painless. In some cases, oral
analgesics for pain and anxiety control may be provided for added comfort
of the patient.)
If the problems to be treated are of considerable depth as it is the case
with wrinkles, blemishes or scars, the laser will be moved over the area
in a repeated pattern. This way, the laser’s tiny beams are able to
super-heat several layers of damaged skin and uncover the perfect,
undamaged skin beneath.
Depending on the extent of the area treated the treatment takes from 30-45
minutes (for a partial face resurfacing) to one and half hour (for a full
What to expect after CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
For the first two days the patient may look
and feel like after sunburn. (Skin redness and swelling are to be
expected). Some pain may accompany it as well. (If needed, pain medication
will be prescribed by your doctor.) The patient is usually provided with
such items as sterile mineral water for misting the treated area as well
as an antibacterial cream and a moisturizer. Most patients resume work in
three to four days. (Skin peeling is to be expected in the first week
after the treatment which subsides in about 10 days.)
Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser
The benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser last for a number of years. As the
aging process continues, many people find that they would benefit from a
touch up treatment several years from the original procedure.
The fractionation process eliminates side effects (including pigmentation
changes) encountered from non-fractional ablative CO2 laser which uses a
solid beam of laser.
To learn more about Fractional CO2
and to schedule a rejuvenation consultation contact us by
During your initial consultation, Dr. Bahari will evaluate your
unique needs and desired end results, and explain the treatment in detail.
You will have the opportunity to view before and after photos, so that you
will know exactly what to expect from the treatment.
Dr. Bahari is personally involved in every treatment.
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