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By Dr. Alex Eshaghian, MD, PhD
December 24, 2017
Category: Services
Tags: fractional co2  

Modified Fractional CO2 Laser TreatmentSkin tightening is one of the most popular treatments we offer. With the fractional CO2 laser, a significant improvement can be seen for those with loose skin, saggy skin, and wrinkles. The recovery after a traditional fractional CO2 laser treatment includes up to two weeks of redness and swelling. Dr. Alex has designed a new technique to deliver the energy without resulting in any recovery time.

What is the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The modification designed by Dr. Alex gently heats up the skin without creating the thousands of microscopic holes in the skin associated with traditional fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. This stimulates your skin to form its own natural, new, fresh, and healthy collagen which reduces wrinkles, decreases pore size, and provides a radiant glow to the skin. The holes in the skin seen after a traditional ablative treatment slowly close over time; this is why there is a recovery period where the skin is red and swollen for up to two weeks.

What can modified fractional CO2 laser treatment treat?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment can be used to treat a variety of concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, enlarged pores, uneven color, acne scars, and stretch marks. It can be combined with other treatments such as the Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial to enhance the results. This is combination designed by Dr. Alex and is called the Tight and Bright Rejuvenation. Dr. Alex more recently designed a new combination treatment called the Trinity Rejuvenation which includes a Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment, a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, and Micro Laser Peel. The Forever Young BBL IPL photofacial treatment uses bright light to target and destroy unwanted pigment and redness in the skin. The Micro Laser Peel removes a thin layer of dead skin cells to exfoliate and create a soft texture. Together, this combination provides outstanding results with minimal recovery time.

Is the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment painful?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment slowly and gently heats up the skin. At A E Skin patient comfort is a top priority so we blow cold air on the skin to keep you comfortable during the treatment.

What will happen during the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

Before the modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, the face is cleansed with special cleansing solutions and metal eye shields are applied to protect your eyes. Cold air is blown on the skin when the treatment starts. The entire face can be treated in less than five minutes. After the treatment, the eye protection is removed and we apply sunscreen to the face. A video demonstration can be seen below.

Modifed Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment Demonstration

 

What is the recovery time after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The new modified fractional CO2 laser treatment is non-ablative, which means it does not remove any portion of the skin and therefore there is no recovery time. It is an ideal treatment for those who want to tighten the skin but do not have a prolonged time to set aside for recovery. The settings can be adjusted so that it can be performed on any skin type and it can be used on just about any area of the skin.

What should I do after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

After a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment, the skin will be sensitive to light so it is important to protect it using sunscreen every day. Other things to avoid for 24 hours after the treatment which can damage the skin include heat exposure, alcohol consumption, and strenuous exercise. The skin may be red or hot for a day or two after the treatment and cold compresses such as ice packs can be applied for comfort.

How many modified fractional CO2 laser treatments will I need?

A series of six to eight weekly modified fractional CO2 laser treatments is recommended and results are seen slowly over time. After this initial series of treatments, a single treatment is recommended every three months for maintenance.

When will I see results after a modified fractional CO2 laser treatment?

The modified fractional CO2 laser treatment stimulates the body to produce its own collagen. This takes time and therefore results are not seen overnight after a single treatment. Results are seen slowly over a course of treatments. Full results are seen one to two months after a series of treatments.

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