The Innovative Method of Fractional CO2 Laser for Scars, Wrinkles and Resurfacing
If you have wrinkles or fine lines around the mouth or eyes or on your forehead or shallow scars from acne, you just may be a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing. Over the last decade, there have been many advancements in laser skin resurfacing, such as the Fractional CO2 Ablative Laser.
The Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment
The fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment has become the gold standard in skin rejuvenation. According to the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery at the University of California, the CO2 laser increases collagen production by 30 percent more than the Erbium laser. The term fractional refers to the fact that only a fraction of the skin is treated with columns of heat and leaving the surrounding dermal tissue in place. Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment is safer and has less downtown than the conventional non-fractional CO2 methods used years ago.
How Fractional CO2 Lasers Work
All fractional CO2 lasers have the same wavelength of laser light that delivers deep heating to stimulate collagen and new skin cell growth. The advanced technology in these lasers allows for fine tuning of the laser light. The three components include power, pitch and dwell time. With more power, collagen production is ramped up. The pitch is the density of columns produced with each pulse. The dwell time is the amount of time for each pulse to be delivered. CO2 lasers offer longer dwell time for more heat to be delivered to the deep layers of the skin for greater results. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is effective for:
- Fine lines/Wrinkles around the mouth, eyes, neck, and chest
- Face, neck and chest skin laxity
- Acne scars and hyperpigmentation
- Stretch marks and other scars
With fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, pulses of high-energy light are sent out and absorbed by the skin. The heat energy vaporizes thin sections of the skin layer by layer. As the area heals, new skin grows for a fresh, younger look. There is also very little bleeding and scabbing. There is little downtime with this type of laser treatment. Redness reduction and wound recovery generally take about four to seven days. The treated area is cleaned before the procedure and a local anesthetic is given to numb the area before treatment. Often, eye goggles are worn for safety, and wet towels are placed around the area to avoid excess laser pulses.
Typically, the treated area will be tender and swollen for a couple of days. Cold packs and NSAIDs like ibuprofen and aspirin can help with these symptoms. The skin should be rinsed several times of day to avoid infection and to get rid of any crusting that may develop. Ointments can be used to promote healing and to keep the area moist. Soaps and perfumes should be avoided.
With fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, you can have a younger look and reduce acne scars and stretch marks.