Juvia Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Lake Charles LA
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.
Shondra Smith MD offers Juvia Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing for patients in Lake Charles LA and surrounding areas. Call today to schedule an appointment.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin 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 skin 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.
What is the Difference Between Fractional CO2 and Non-Fractional Laser Resurfacing?
The term “fractional” is the key. With our fractional CO2 resurfacing, the laser creates hundreds of microscopic punctures/channels through the epidermis down into the skin’s second layer, the dermis. These microscopic holes are surrounded by untouched skin, which immediately gets busy helping heal the punctured skin adjacent to it.
That’s the beauty of the fractional approach — only a fraction of the skin is damaged by the laser energy. The microscopic punctures actually fully heal in just hours. With fractional resurfacing there may be some mild crusting or scabbing of the skin
With non-fractional laser resurfacing, the laser energy vaporizes an entire layer of the surface skin. The depth of the skin removed depends on the aggressiveness of the procedure. Regardless, there is some serious recovery required. With ablative resurfacing, the skin will generally crust over and will require the application of salve to help with the healing. Ablative resurfacing requires at least a week or two off of work. Plus, sun exposure must be avoided at all costs, as the skin has little protection as new skin grows.
While ablative laser skin resurfacing delivers more dramatic improvements, there can be issues with side effects such as hyperpigmentation and even scarring.
Who is a Good Candidate for Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Just about everyone could use the skin rejuvenation offered by these procedures at Dr. Smith’s. These are the skin problems we treat with fractional laser resurfacing:
- Fine lines
- Acne scarring
- Sun spots
- Large pores
- Areas of uneven pigmentation
- Areas of uneven skin texture
Frequently Asked Questions
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We offer fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing for those located in Lake Charles, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, and Jennings LA, Orange TX, and surrounding areas. Call our office today with any questions you may have, or to schedule an appointment today!.