There are numerous options available for treating post surgical scars, but the most effective of them all is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing. Carbon dioxide lasers are considered as the most effective treatment option for skin resurfacing to reverse the signs of skin aging. But CO2 lasers are fully ablative (remove the entire skin), they involve a long and painful healing process, with a downtime of over one month, most people avoid undergoing the procedure.
This prompted the researchers to come up with a new technology that could minimize the harsh side effects of traditional CO2 lasers, and they ended up with Fractional CO2 lasers. It is the latest laser technology that combines the effectiveness of traditional Carbon dioxide lasers with the latest fractional technology, splitting the laser beam into fine micro-beams. These fractionated CO2 beams cause small wounds in the skin, stimulating the healing process as well as the natural collagen production. The laser beams work by breaking down the hard scar tissues leading to the formation of healthy epidermal tissues and the outcome is a smooth skin free of scar depressions. It also enables your skin to heal more quickly.
Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be red, similar to a sunburn. This redness will persist for the next 36 to 48 hours and will gradually begin to disappear. You may also experience some mild to moderate peeling after the 3rd or 4th-day post-procedure. All these unwanted post-procedure effects will take 7 to 10 days to completely disappear. But once the redness and peeling phase go away you will notice a significant improvement in the appearance of the scars.
Topical anesthesia is applied to the area of treatment to numb it prior to the procedure. If you have a very low pain threshold, share with your doctor during post-procedure consultation and he may prefer performing the procedure with local anesthesia, especially if you have a deep scar.
Unlike traditional carbon dioxide, Fractional CO2 requires multiple sessions for ample results. For maximum benefits, on average 4 to 6 sessions are required.
Traditional CO2 lasers were restricted to the face only but the Fractional CO2 laser treatment can be used for scar revision on almost every area of the body, including the eyelids, neck, elbows, hands, legs, and abdomen.
The fractional CO2 laser can also be used to significantly:
- Improve the appearance of sun damaged and aged skin
- Minimize stretch marks
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as enlarged pores
- Remove acne scars and traumatic scars
- Tighten loose and saggy skin and improve the overall texture of the skin