Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment
Fractionated laser treatments are the latest in a technological trend to improve skin quality while limiting down time and maximizing results. The idea is that the laser can deliver the same highly effective CO2 laser skin improvements but it is done in very small increments over the entire area to be treated. Between the small areas of treatment, healthy skin is left in place that allows rapid healing, thus less downtime.
What are the benefits and what are the downsides with Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatments compared to traditional CO2 Laser treatments?
- The Fractionated CO2 laser is performed in the office with topical anesthesia.
- Often a Traditional CO2 laser if done for the entire face requires IV anesthesia and injection of local anesthesia.
- It takes 4-7 days for healing to occur while redness may remain for up to 2 weeks with the Fractionated laser. A long weekend is often a good time for treatment.
- With a Traditional CO2 treatment healing occurs less rapidly. 7-10 days are usually required necessitating more of a commitment to taking time to recover.
- Fractionated treatments are not as aggressive as Traditional CO2 laser treatments so the results will not be as drastic. Occasionally a patient will elect to undergo additional treatments in order to realize their goals.
- Fractionated CO2 laser is effective at treating:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Areas of abnormal pigmentation and sun damage
- Acne scars, facial abrasions and even scars from other causes
- Patients with large pores
- The skin will have a generally more youthful quality
- Improved skin tone and firmness
- Improved complexion
- Smoother scars
- Fewer wrinkles