CO2 Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that helps to reduce wrinkles, scarring, fine lines, age spots and other dark marks on the skin. Other issues it can address include irregular skin texture, uneven coloration, dull tone, skin laxity and decreased collagen. CO2 fractional laser resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in a column formation that promotes healing, as the layers surrounding each column are left intact. This fractional method offers the most dramatic results in just one treatment and is often used to treat advanced wrinkles or skin damage.
More about CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
CO2 Fractional laser skin resurfacing is usually done as an in-office procedure. To ensure your comfort and aid in healing, you will receive medication both prior to and after your treatment. Your level of discomfort will be determined by your individual treatment needs. However, there are several anesthetic options available during your laser skin resurfacing procedure.
Many patients describe experiencing a “bad sunburn” feeling for about 12 to 24 hours following the resurfacing treatment. Post-procedure pain medication can be prescribed if necessary. Please be prepared to have someone available to drive you home afterward.
Ordinarily, just one treatment session will suffice. In cases where the targeted area is a sensitive one, breaking the treatment into multiple sessions may be advantageous. You may wish to consider a maintenance treatment in the future. Using sunscreen regularly and establishing a daily skin care routine will aid in lasting results.
How to Know if You’re a Good Candidate
It is important that you have realistic expectations of any cosmetic procedure, but CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing can address a multitude of issues. These include irregular pigmentation, sagging, aging, sun damage, and uneven texture. This resurfacing treatment is not recommended for skin of color, as it can result in unwanted hyperpigmentation. If you are pregnant or have been treated with Accutane in the past six months, it is best to avoid this procedure. Other issues your doctor should know about are experiences with delayed healing, if you have dealt with herpes or cold sores in the past. These could contribute to complications.
Benefits of CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
You will see immediate results following the procedure, and your skin will continue to improve over a period of about six months, though it could take up to nine months based on individual lifestyle factors like smoking and use of sunscreen. Age spots, freckles, liver spots and other dark markings will be reduced. You will notice brighter, smoother, firmer, plumper and more even skin.
After the Procedure
It is likely you will want to sleep for the first day or so following treatment. Your skin will feel raw and tender. You will be given after-care instructions. After the first week, it is fine to begin going out, and you can wear makeup. Expect your skin to be pink and sensitive for approximately one to three months.
CO2 Fractional laser skin resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that treats many skin problems. While it is considered safe and effective, it is a rather intensive treatment. You will need to be patient while waiting to see maximum results.
We offer CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing at Allure Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging. With the help our team, you will get the younger looking skin you want. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.