How does Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing work?
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing uses a tiny laser beam to treat thousands of pinpoint areas of your skin. Because only a fraction of your skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing. This skin’s wound healing response creates new collagen which add firmness and resilience to the skin. The laser generates a significant amount of heat to stimulate collagen, tightening the skin and improving fine lines and wrinkles. The improvement is seen over several weeks to months after the treatment.
What is the primary application of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be used for a number of applications, including fine and deep wrinkles, acne scars, and signs of aging such as discolorations. Based on an assessment of your skin condition and cosmetic goals, Dr. Alex may recommend Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing.
What areas of the body can be treated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Most skin areas can be treated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing. Popular treatment areas are the face and neck, though many people also treat the chest and hands. You should discuss your needs with Dr. Alex.
How many Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatments will I need?
Excellent results can be obtained in just one Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing, but some people may benefit from up to three treatments. Dr. Alex will personalize a plan based on your specific needs and may recommend combining Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing with other aesthetic procedures to further personalize your treatment.
What will happen during the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment?
Your skin will be cleaned in the treatment area and your eyes will be protected with safety shields. A laser handpiece will be positioned gently on the skin. When the laser energy is applied, you will hear a rapid succession of snapping sounds. The handpiece will be moved around to adjacent locations until the entire treatment area has been covered. The procedure normally takes 15 to 30 minutes.
Is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing uncomfortable?
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is widely regarded as a comfortable procedure, usually tolerated with the use of a topical numbing cream or a local anesthetic, depending on the depth of treatment.
What should I expect immediately after the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment?
Immediately following the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment you may experience mild redness and a sensation resembling sunburn. Dr. Alex will provide specific after-treatment care recommendations, which may include analgesics and application of an ointment to keep the skin moist.
How long will it take to recover?
Complete healing typically occurs within one to two weeks. There will likely be some swelling that will subside within two weeks after the treatment. Some people experience prolonged redness after the treatment for up to two months.
What aftercare do I need?
It is important to carefully follow the aftercare instructions. Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light after the procedure, so you must avoid direct sun exposure until fully healed. Fully cover your skin or use a sunscreen with SPF at least 30 with broad spectrum coverage every day. Avoid heat, alcohol, and exercise for at least 24 hours after the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment, because this can draw blood to the skin and lead to unwanted side effects such as blisters and discoloration.
When should I expect results?
As your skin heals in the days following your treatment, you may notice a general tightening effect. However, the true benefit of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is the collagen remodeling that occurs during the 3 to 6 months following your treatment.
Informed Consent Form, Treatment Questionnaire, and Aftercare
A photorejuvenation informed consent form and laser treatment questionnaire must be signed by every patient receiving a laser photorejuvenation treatment.