Laser treatments are the heart and soul of skin care in this day and age. Laser has effectively replaced surgery as the most sought after treatment option for correcting a large number of skin conditions. With improving technologies, the noninvasiveness associated with laser has been a major advantage.
Fractional CO2 is perhaps the most sought after laser treatment here in the Gulf States as well as around the world. It is a treatment has been hailed as the best treatment procedure that came to fore in the last decade. We shall learn a bit more about this fantastic treatment and how it works with such good effect.
What is Fractional CO2?
It is a laser treatment that uses fractionated carbon dioxide laser in order to correct a host of skin issues. While it maintains the same effectiveness that is offered by the carbon dioxide laser, it is not nearly as harsh and thus does not have any serious repercussions or downtimes after the treatment.
Which conditions can be treated with Fractional CO2?
There are numerous conditions that can be treated with the help of Fractional CO2. The list includes fine lines and wrinkles, skin damage caused by the sun, pigmentation of different types including freckles and blemishes, Melasma and dull and uneven tone, scars of all kinds including acne, surgical and trauma related and live acne.
How does it work?
It works by resurfacing the top layer of the skin. The laser bores microscopic holes in the top layer of the skin. Over the next few days, the skin crusts away and is replaced with new and healthier skin. The level of collagen and elastin production too gets a boost and allow the skin to be suppler and more elastic. The results of the treatment continue to show for days to come as these proteins buildup their reserves.
Is the treatment painful?
There is some pain involved in the process and to numb it down, topical anesthetics are used as a matter of routine. This allows a person to feel comfortable during the treatment.
Is a single treatment session enough?
Laser treatments are used in a manner that they do not damage the skin due to their harshness. This means that more than a single session is needed to achieve the desired result. The exact number of sessions needed depends on the condition and how well a person responds to the treatment. Generally six to seven sessions are enough to get the job done.
Side effects and downtime
The typical side effects are redness and swelling in the treated area. Tenderness to touch and itching too can take place. These issues generally last for a couple of days. Cold presses can certain help. In rare cases, some temporary bruising too can take place.
Photosensitivity is developed as a result of the treatment which can last for a few weeks. Avoid the sun when it is beating down the hardest to protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. When you go out during the day, be sure to wear a large hat and apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF. This should be more than useful during this time period.
Fractional CO2 generally has no downtime. Rest is recommended and useful in recovering from the procedure. It is never a bad idea to take a day or two off when you are getting treated for the first time just to be sure that no unexpected surprises affect your work routine.
To learn more about Fractional CO2 laser or to schedule a procedure, visit us at Laser Skin Care. You can also sign up for a free online consultation by taking a minute to fill in the form given below.