Fractional CO2 Laser Peels
Fractional CO2 laser peels treat skin issues more aggressively than microdermabrasion or chemical peels. The laser treats deeper lines and wrinkles, precancerous skin lesions, acne scarring and pigment changes.
A fractional CO2 laser is a treatment technique that is used for resurfacing skin as opposed to other resurfacing techniques like ablative laser or a chemical peel. This treatment provides a faster healing time when compared to ablative procedures. The advantage of a fractional CO2 laser is that the results are achieved in a single session.
Fractionated CO2 Lasers
Continuous beams of light from selected devices are delivered to treatment areas in scanning patterns. These fractionated or fractional procedures divide the light into thousands of microscopic columns or channels, which are around ten times smaller than hair follicles. A fraction of the skin is treated at any given time. As the skin heals, collagen fills in the fractionated areas for a tighter, rejuvenated appearance.
What to expect
If these energy-based treatments are appropriate for you, a numbing anesthetic may be applied for enhanced comfort. As the beam of light passes over the surface of the treatment area, the resulting channels that are created not only trigger the production of collagen, but they also stimulate elastic fibers. Additionally, unaffected skin between the channels promotes faster healing and less downtime than comparable procedures and technologies.
As the laser is applied, you may feel some warmth. Depending on your needs and specific skin concerns, treatment can range from around 20 to 60 minutes. Right afterward, the treated skin may still feel a little warm, and the area may be somewhat red and swollen. These effects are temporary and may arise depending on the custom settings that were used for your treatment.
Often, all it takes is one treatment session to get the results you desire with this powerful, precision system. Patients also appreciate that they do not have to wait for results. Improvements are noticeable right away, and the results just keep getting better as collagen stores are renewed. The results can persist for around two years, far longer than the results from neuromodulators (like Botox®) and most dermal fillers (like Juvéderm®). Advanced CO2 fractional laser resurfacing also treats a wider range of conditions aside from the deep furrows and fine lines mentioned above, including:
- Acne Scars
- Droopy Eyelids
- Visible Pores
- Some Birthmarks