Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

With the introduction of a new generation of RF augmented C02 fractional lasers, treatments are less invasive, the skin heals quicker and there are lower risks. Fractionated C02 lasers work by producing microscopic beams of laser light which penetrate the skin to the level of wrinkles or scars and stimulate your skin to produce new collagen – the building blocks of our skin. The fractionated component of the laser means that normal skin is left between the microscopic columns of laser treatment, which results in significantly faster healing (less downtime) and a much lower risk of scarring. This laser type is suitable for people with lighter skin and is not recommended for the chest/décolletage area.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

  • Moderate to severe facial wrinkles
  • Moderate wrinkles on the neck and hands
  • Sun damage and brown spots on the face and hands
  • Acne and other forms of scarring

What Does It Involve?

The treatment involves using the laser over a complete area. A numbing cream is usually applied to the area for at least 1 hour prior to the treatment and in some cases injected local anaesthetic can also be used. At the end of the treatment the area will appear red and there may be small red or white dots with or without pinpoint bleeding. These will disappear by the end of the following day and most people like to take 3-5 days off work. The skin feels hot for 1 – 2 hours afterwards, a little like sunburn and is minimalized with a fan or cool packs. Make-up can be used after 3 days to cover any redness.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

There will be a significant improvement to skin (both in terms of wrinkles and skin texture/colouring) after just one treatment, however depending on the degree of wrinkling or scarring sometimes 3-5 treatments would be suggested at 2-4 week intervals. Your doctor will advise which treatment plan is most suitable for your skin.

What Precautions Do I Need To Take Before The Treatment?

If you have a history of cold sores, you may need to take an anti-cold sore tablet, starting the day before your treatment. If you have taken Roaccutane for acne please inform a clinical staff member as an alternative may be more beneficial and safer for your skin.

What Will I Have To Do After The Treatment?

Stay completely out of the sun for at least 3 weeks.
Use a gentle cleanser and a light non-greasy moisturiser when instructed.
People with darker skin may need to use a bleaching lotion to prevent post treatment pigmentation

Results

After one session, and depending on the strength of the treatment, you should notice a significant improvement in wrinkles around your eyes and in the general appearance of your skin and will continue to improve for the next 6 months as new collagen is formed due to the treatment. Lines around the mouth and deep acne scars are more difficult to treat and will require more than one session. Your skin may appear pink for up to 6 weeks after treatment. The results can last years if you continue to look after your skin.

Scar Reduction (Acne, Surgical & Keloid)

Fractionated CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser scar reduction treatments are non-invasive procedures that utilizes microbeam laser light technology for the reduction of deep, pronounced wrinkles and scars. It is designed to stimulate collagen regeneration of healthy skin underneath. Most patients report a heating sensation, and a local anesthetic may be administered to relieve potential discomfort.

During the first 24 hours after a CO2 Laser treatment it is normal to experience heat, redness and some swelling over the treated area and ice pack applications are extremely helpful during this period of recovery. It is strongly advised to avoid sun exposure for a period of at least 4 weeks after treatment. Your doctor may also prescribe a cream or bleaching lotion, especially if you have a darker skin type. As your skin produces new collagen over the coming months, final results are generally seen over a period of 1-3 months.