Fractional Co2 Laser treatments are the new gold standard in skin resurfacing and has been declared the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade. The Fractional Co2 Laser is safe for most skin types and delivers dramatic results with minimal discomfort. Wrinkles, stretch marks, scars and burns can be treated successfully and with great results with the Fractional Co2 laser. The treatment also removes pre-cancerous spots on your skin, reducing your risk of skin cancer.
The main protein in your skin is collagen and it keeps your skin looking young and line free. Sun exposure, pollution and aging destroys collagen which creates wrinkles. The Fractional Co2 laser outperforms any other non-Co2 based laser or device, and can reverse 5-10 years of skin aging, wrinkles, and can reduce old acne or trauma related scarring. The Fractional Co2 Laser treatment uses a laser beam and breaks it up into many small beams which create tiny, microscopic holes in the skin. The tiny holes cause enough injury to promote new collagen production, putting it into overdrive, creating extra collagen which reduces wrinkles, fine lines, burns, scars and new stretch marks. The end result is that Fractional Co2 Laser treatments achieve true resurfacing efficiently and with comfort.
The laser light beam, which is 1/10th the diameter of a hair follicle treats a fraction of the skin at a time, penetrating to the deeper levels of the skin to stimulate production of younger smoother skin.
Treatment of the full face with any of the resurfacing lasers takes about 45 minutes. Typically patients arrive an hour early for application of a topical numbing cream prior to the procedure. The total time in the office is about 2 hours.
Most patients tolerate the procedure very well after a one hour application of topical anesthetic cream plus oral or injectable medication. It feels a little warm and prickly towards the end of the procedure.
Most patients do not have any complications .In patients with darker skin types, temporary bronzing of the skin or brown sots can occur. The pigmentation usually resolves in 4 weeks or less with the use of a prescription skin lightener.
Results will begin to show approximately two months after the treatment is complete. Your body will be sending collagen, blood, water and oxygen to your treatment area which will tighten and smooth the skin. The Fractional Co2 treatment takes a bit of time to show results because it’s helping the natural body cycle.