Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can address a variety of concerns on the skin and we have been getting great results.
What does the Fractional CO2 laser treat?
The Fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment addresses many different concerns including fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and discolorations. The Fractional CO2 can also treat other things such as surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks.
How does the Fractional CO2 laser treatment work?
The Fractional CO2 laser treatment works by creating thousands of tiny holes in the skin and generating heat in the skin. This stimulates the formation of new, fresh, and healthy collagen to replace old and damaged collagen seen in fine lines, wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. The Fractional CO2 laser also treats other concerns such as dark spots and discolorations.
What happens during the Fractional CO2 laser treatment?
Before your Fractional CO2 laser treatment, Dr. Alex recommends using the Alastin Skin Nectar twice daily starting two weeks prior to the treatment and continuing for another two weeks after the treatment. This will help speed up the healing process. The product also stimulates collagen and elastin production to enhance the results. Dr. Alex will prescribe two medications to take by mouth daily for seven days starting one day prior to the Fractional CO2 treatment to prevent infections. On the day of your Fractional CO2 treatment we will apply numbing cream on your skin for one hour prior to the treatment. We will also provide you with medications to keep you comfortable during the Fractional CO2 treatment. These medications may make you sleepy, so it is important to arrange a ride home. After an hour of numbing time, your face will be cleaned with cleansing solutions and eye protection will be placed over your eye. The Fractional CO2 treatment itself takes about 10-15 minutes for the entire face and will take longer if other areas are treated. Most people find the Fractional CO2 treatment very comfortable.
What happens after the Fractional CO2 laser treatment?
After the Fractional CO2 laser treatment, the skin is red and swollen for one to two weeks. We will provide you with aftercare products to keep the skin moist and to speed up the healing process. The healing is faster on the face than on other areas.
What results can I expect from the Fractional CO2 laser?
As seen in the photograph here, significant improvement in the color and texture of the skin can be seen one month after a single Fractional CO2 treatment. This includes dark spots from sun damage, fines lines around the eyes, and enlarged pores. The Fractional CO2 laser treatment will also address deeper wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, and surgical scars such as from a C-section, breast augmentation, or tummy tuck.
When do you see results from the Fractional CO2 laser?
Initial results are seen approximately one month after the Fractional CO2 treatment and full results are seen three to six months after the Fractional CO2 treatment. This is because it takes time for collagen to grow. Many people see continued results for six to 12 months after the Fractional CO2 treatment.
How many Fractional CO2 laser treatments will I need?
Most people have one to two Fractional CO2 laser treatments and are very happy with their results.
How long do the results from the Fractional CO2 laser last?