Fractional CO2 lasers comprise the latest skin resurfacing technique used to remove the top damaged layer of skin tissues in a fractionated manner to reveal fresh layer of skin free of wrinkles, fine lines, age spots and blemishes. The technique splits a typical carbon dioxide laser beam into fine micro-beams of energy. These beams of energy target columns of skin, without damaging the skin surrounding each column. This stimulates healing process of the skin and accelerates collagen production as well.
Fractional CO2 is the best treatment if you want to get maximum results from a single procedure, since it not only helps reverse aging signs from face but also improves appearance of scars, textural irregularities, skin laxity and thin skin on face, neck and chest area.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is no doubt one of the most effective skincare procedures, but it delivers only when you take proper post-procedure care. Healing time varies from person to person depending on the depth of the procedure as well as the area of treatment. Generally face recovers within 5 to 7 days, neck takes 7 to 10 days whereas the chest area needs a recovery time of 10 to 14 days.
Follow your physician’s post-procedure instructions carefully to avoid any undesired side effects, such as textural irregularities, deep scarring or uneven skin coloration. Here are some tips that will help you recover from Fractional CO2 quickly and properly.
Sleep with your head elevated:
Swelling and redness of the face/treated area, is a common after effect of Fractional CO2 laser treatment that can be seen immediately after the treatment. It begins to reduce at its own after 36 to 48 hours. Sleeping with your head elevated will not only help reduce the swelling but will also prevent your face from unwanted rubbing and scratching with the pillow. Your clinician will recommend you an antibiotic ointment, apply that generously every couple of hours or as suggested by your doctor.
Do not scratch your skin even if it itches:
Scratching and scraping can further worsen the condition. Almost everyone experiences itching on the treated areas, ranging from mild to moderate. If you experience intense itching, discuss with your doctor and he will suggest you some oral antihistamine to relieve itchiness. But if it is bearable, simply pressing it gently with a clean Q-tip will help. Itching generally lasts for 3 to 4 days.
Cleanse your skin properly and regularly:
Cleansing treated areas properly and regularly is imperative, however, avoid exfoliating the treatment area. Cleanse your skin with gentle hands using circular motions at least four times a day. This will help remove the creams and ointments that you will be applying frequently on your face.
Never pick at the peeling skin
Peeling is part of fractional CO2 treatment. Your skin will begin to peel off on the 3rd or 4th day. Do not pull, peel or scrap the skin, instead let it come off in the cleansing process. Pulling or scraping the skin could cause uneven skin discoloration.