Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment for scars, wrinkles, pigmentation, and sagging skin that uses fractional technology to minimize downtime while encouraging the skin to generate visible improvements after 1 or 2 sessions. Each method includes treating a portion of the skin’s surface, leaving the rest untreated to help in the regeneration process. It is utilized to provide a choice of minimal downtime treatments that may be personalized for all patients who seek safety and low downtime with outcomes similar to standard resurfacing.
How Does Fractional Co2 Laser Work?
The CO2 laser creates heat in the deeper dermis, which is required to encourage the formation of new collagen. A computer-controlled scanner creates accurate laser target zones in the skin. The structure of the laser beam reduces damage to surrounding tissue, allowing the patient to recuperate faster. Concurrently, fractional technology preserves healthy tissue bridges between laser beams to speed up tissue recovery. With lower intensity settings, the fractional CO2 laser device may be tailored to address the skin’s superficial layers, improving pigmentation, fine wrinkles, skin texture, and minor scarring. Laser energy levels could be altered to treat deep collagen remodeling, affecting scars and deeper wrinkles and tightening the skin. Patient pain is minimized, and a topical anesthetic is frequently all that is required.
How Long Is The Downtime?
The Fractional Co2 laser procedure is well tolerated, with most patients describing the laser treatment as hot during and after treatment. The heat and stiffness remain for 1-3 hours after the treatment, and the skin becomes bright pink. For approximately two days, the patient may seem sunburned, with small brown crusts appearing in the treated regions. After around 5-7 days, the crusts separate, and the skin is crust-free. The application of an emollient is recommended, and sun exposure should be avoided throughout the healing period.
Benefits Of Co2 Laser Treatment
The CO2 skin resurfacing laser has the following advantages:
- Noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture
- Smoother skin with reduction in depressed scars
- Visible wrinkle and fine line reduction
- Reduce the appearance of dark patches and hyperpigmentation
- Collagen stimulation tightens and lifts sagging skin
- It’s excellent for treating acne scars and improving overall skin texture
Fractional CO2 Laser uses fractional technology to successfully reduce the appearance of acne scars and discoloration. It is also used to lighten and enhance the appearance of unattractive stretch marks. It activates the body’s natural healing mechanism, which rebuilds missing collagen and restores skin depressions.
Fractional laser re-texturizes the skin, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin. Other advantages of fractional laser include the reduction of enlarged pores, pigmentation, and fine wrinkles.
What Are Some Side Effects Of Co2 Laser Treatment?
Based on the power and settings your cosmetic doctor chooses, the Fractional Co2 laser procedure could your skin red and swollen for a few days. You should anticipate some crusting of the skin once it heals for 5 to 6 days.
Additionally, you may have skin redness and itching. Although uncommon, an infection may occur if post-treatment management is not properly handled.
Is The Treatment Painful?
Before the laser treatment, a topical numbing lotion will be administered to the skin to make you more comfortable throughout the procedure. There should be no discomfort throughout the process.
After the numbing cream goes off, the skin will feel raw and irritated. During the recuperation time, your cosmetic doctor will teach you how to care for your skin.
Who is Fractional Co2 Best For?
Those who are disturbed by facial scars, pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. People who want to rejuvenate their skin for a younger look and smoother texture would benefit from this treatment.