CO2 is unique as it offers both epidermal skin ablation (heating the tissue to 100°C and instantly vaporizing it) and heat damage (where both surrounding epidermal tissue and underlying dermal tissue is heated to a temperature where proteins denature or breakdown).
While the ablation of the epidermis is all that is required to improve discoloration and repair epidermal pigmentation, the heat damage causes stimulation of dermal cells called fibroblasts that are responsible for the structural integrity (the extracellular matrix) of the skin and which are responsible for formation of new collagen.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
The most effective laser for facial resurfacing is the fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser. This laser is capable of minimizing wrinkles and brown spots of the skin of the face, neck, chest and hands. It is also highly effective in balancing out pigment irregularities of the facial skin and minimizing facial scars from trauma or acne.
Fractional laser resurfacing means that the laser only treats a fraction of the skin’s epidermis, while still effectively treating the entire dermis, or deeper layer, of the skin. . This leaves bridges of untouched skin to aid in a speedy healing process resulting in very little downtime, typically one week or less. This allows for a quicker recovery and less downtime, while achieving the same results as older, non-fractional laser resurfacing.
Is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing painful?
Most people describe the discomfort after laser resurfacing as a sensation similar to a moderately severe sun burn. Cool compresses and generous application of healing ointment will make the recovery comfortable.
How long do the results of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing last?
You will continue to age and new treatments may be required years down the line. But if you protect your skin from the sun and use our skin care products like retinoid, the effects can be prolonged for years.
Are there any side effects of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Soon after the procedure is done, you may suffer from pain and discomfort. This can be controlled with the use of over the counter painkillers. The skin may appear red or sunburned for a few days, but you can use cosmetics to cover this up. Some of the side effects that are associated with fractional resurfacing are swelling of the skin that’s been treated, bruising, peeling and skin pigmentation. Although infections don’t usually occur, they may develop in a few patients.
What can be treated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that treats a variety of skin problems such as wrinkles, acne scarring, enlarged pores, sun damaged skin, uneven texture, etc. This laser treatment rejuvenates the skin and successfully helps form newer, smoother, and more youthful appearing skin
How many treatments of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing do I need to see results?
Typically, just one laser treatment session is required. If problems are more severe such as acne scars, multiple treatments may be required. Laser treatments are usually spaced at least two months apart.
We offer fractional CO2 laser resurfacing for those located in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, and Jennings, LA, Orange, TX, and surrounding areas. Call our office with any other questions you may have.