Skin rejuvenation reaches a whole new level with CO2 fractional laser treatments. Unlike ablative treatments of the past, fractional lasers targets small columns of skin for rejuvenation, leaving surrounding skin and tissue intact. The result is faster healing time without compromising the dramatic results laser treatments typically provide.
What can the CO2 Fractional Laser Treat?
CO2 fractional lasers can address a host of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and deeper facial creases
- Shallow scarring from acne and varicella
- Age spots and hyperpigmentation
- Dark circles and baggy skin under the eyes
- Uneven skin tone and texture
In addition to treating skin blemished, the CO2 fractional laser stimulates collagen production to ensure long-lasting results. Collagen is a substance that supports the underlying skin structure, keeping skin soft and supple. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to thinner, sagging skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By replacing lost collagen, a smooth, youthful complexion can be restored.
How it Works
The CO2 laser is considered “micro-ablative,” meaning the laser permeates the skin through microscopic holes. With the fractional treatment, small holes made with the device heal within 7-14 days. While redness and swelling are normal after the procedure, discomfort can usually be kept to a minimum.
The procedure may be performed using topical anesthetic to keep the patient comfortable throughout treatment. The handheld device is run across the surface of the treatment area, emitting laser energy into the skin through microscopic holes. The entire procedure usually takes about one hour to complete, depending on the total size of the treatment area.
Recovery and Results
Small holes made by the laser heal within 2-7 days after the procedure, with full healing usually taking about two weeks to complete. Sun exposure and rigorous exercise is discouraged for a number of days after the procedure. Most patients return to regular activities within one week.
Results will not be seen right away with CO2 fractional laser treatment, but will become apparent during the two months following the procedure. Full results are usually seen within six months and may last many years before a touch-up treatment is needed.
CO2 fractional laser treatment is an effective way to achieve dramatic skin rejuvenation with less discomfort and downtime than traditional laser procedures. To learn more about this treatment, contact the staff at Incredible Veins Skin and Body at 818-423-5828.