Desire to look young forever is not at all a new idea – history of the search for the fountain of youth dates back to centuries. People have always been trying different cosmetic procedures to turn the clock back but with little success until the introduction of fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing.
What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Fractional CO2 Laser skin resurfacing is regarded as the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade. The traditional CO2 lasers have been for long thought to be the gold standard in cosmetic surgery for removing facial wrinkles and creases. When combined with a new application technique, the carbon dioxide lasers delivered exceptional results and that too without the horrendous side effects. This latest technique is known as the Fractional Carbon dioxide Laser Skin Resurfacing.
How does Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing work?
Fractional CO2 laser is an in-office procedure that requires special pre- and post-treatment care to make sure that the desired results are achieved with proper healing and minimal discomfort. It works by removing the top most damaged layer of skin in a fractionated method to reveal youthful skin underneath, free of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. It is the best anti-aging treatment if you wish to get optimum results with a single treatment. If you can spare some time to heal (about 7 to 10 days), go for Fractional CO2 and reap benefits of multiple non-invasive laser resurfacing treatments in a single session.
Is it a painful procedure?
The level of discomfort varies from one person to another depending on the severity of the problem, depth of the treatment and the individual’s pain threshold. For your comfort, the clinician may apply a topical anesthetic at the treatment site to numb the area or inject local anesthetic to reduce the discomfort. After the procedure, most patients find it to cause bad sunburn for 12 to 48 hours. Follow the post-treatment instructions of your doctor to avoid the post-treatment discomfort.
Who is a candidate?
Anyone who wants to reverse the effects of aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, irregular texture of skin, sagging etc., and has realistic expectations of the ultimate outcome, could get this treatment. However, people with dark complexion are not considered as ideal candidates for Fractional CO2 laser Treatments. It may cause hyper or hypo pigmentation.
This is also not a treatment for pregnant women. Breastfeeding mothers should also avoid getting this treatment, since effects of CO2 laser on baby are not known.
What are the risks and side effects of Fractional CO2?
The most notable downside of this treatment is the downtime. Depending on the size of the area and the depth of the treatment, it will take 7 to 10 days for the skin to completely heal. During the healing process you will notice significant redness, crusting, dryness, peeling and flaking. You may need to curtail social and professional activities for at least 4 to 5 days, although you should be perfectly able to work from home after 36 to 48 hours.