In the last few decades, the research in the field of cosmetic treatments has been extensive which has helped the scientists to not only improve upon the existing procedures but also discover newer ones that offer better results. A lot of emphasis of the research has been on noninvasive treatments since most people prefer them.
During this period, laser technology has been on the rise as well which has improved enormously. Just about all skin conditions can now be treated with the help of laser. There are different types of laser treatments that are on offer. The most sought after one and probably the most effective of all is the Fractional CO2. Some call it the best option discovered in the last decade. Why are fractional CO2 treatments so good? We shall discover it in the following lines.
What is Fractional CO2?
Fractional CO2 is a laser treatment that works with the help of fractionated carbon dioxide laser. Traditional carbon dioxide laser is extremely effective but due to its harsh nature, has extensive downtime and numerous side effects. Fractional CO2 while maintaining the efficacy of the traditional carbon dioxide laser, has been able to tone down the side effects and has eliminated the side effects. This makes it the perfect treatment option for a host of skin related issues.
Which conditions are treated with Fractional CO2?
The list of conditions that can be treated with the fractional CO2 skin resurfacing treatment is quite a long one. To start off with, it can treat the damage caused to the skin by too much exposure to the skin without protection. It can also help in correcting the textural irregularities of the skin.
Pigmentation issues too can be corrected with fractional CO2 treatment including age spots and freckles and blemishes. Fine lines and wrinkles start affecting the skin in the forties and the aforementioned treatment can take care of them as well.
Acne is a real issues for most teenagers and for some well beyond that as well. Chronic acne can cause scarring as well which can be very unsightly. Both these issues can be corrected by the fractional CO2 treatment without much trouble. Scars of other kinds such as those caused by surgery or trauma can also be treated.
How does it work?
The mechanism of work is quite simple. Shaft of carbon dioxide laser target the top layer of the skin in order to bore tiny holes. The skin kick starts the healing process as a result and the old, damaged skin crusts away over the next few days. This skin is replaced with healthier skin with lesser presence of the given problem.
At the same time, the laser helps in jump starting the production of collagen and elastin, structural proteins that deplete in the skin due to pollution in the environment and unprotected exposure to the sunlight. As the level of the two proteins go up, the skin becomes suppler and firmer as well as more naturally elastic.
Is the treatment painful?
The treatment is noninvasive but it does have some pain involved in it. This feels similar to the snapping of a light rubber band against the skin. It is a routine matter to apply topical anesthetics to numb down any sensations of pain prior to the beginning of the treatment session. Cool air may also be blown during the treatment to make it even more comfortable for the patient undergoing the treatment.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
Much like the rest of noninvasive treatments, a single session is not enough. Multiple sessions are needed to treat any kind of condition. The exact number of sessions needed varies with the type of condition being treated, its extent and how well the patient is responding to the laser treatment. Usually five to six sessions are needed for a given condition but this number can go both up and down in individual cases. A break of four weeks generally taken between each treatment session.
Is there any downtime?
The treatment does not have any downtime for most patients. Rest is recommended after the treatment but not mandatory. Some routine matters like working out and application of makeup may need to be avoided for a couple of days after a treatment session.It is not a bad idea to take a couple of days off when you get the treatment for the first time.
What are the side effects?
The side effects are mostly mild and temporary. Some redness and swelling in the treated area is quite common. Some itching and tenderness to touch too are to be expected. These issues mostly subside within a couple of days on their own. In rare cases, cruising may be experienced. The bruising too is temporary in nature.
Photosensitivity is developed and it can last for a few weeks at times. Use of sunscreen and hats is a must during this period to ensure that the sun does not get affected by the UV rays of the sun. Avoidance of going out during the peak sun hours can help too.
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