Our fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing is used to resurface skin and remove skin imperfections. It is used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven discoloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, and dull tone of the face, neck, chest, and hands. Our Plastic Surgeons are experts in Laser services.
How does laser skin resurfacing work?
Laser skin resurfacing stimulates production of new collagen within the skin to replace damaged or old collagen. The new collagen and the body healing response results in wrinkle improvement or removal and skin tightening.
Fractionated Laser vs Full Surface Laser
With Fractional C02 Laser resurfacing, the laser beam is broken up into many small micro-beams. These micro-beams remove micro columns of skin, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in the healing process. The intact or untreated skin promotes a much more rapid healing. With full surface, the entire surface of the skin is removed by the laser, causing the healing process to be prolonged. We do not offer full laser resurfacing.
Who is a Candidates for Fractionated C02 Laser Resurfacing
If you have any one of the following, Laser Skin resurfacing with Fractionated C02 may help you.
- Facial aging
- Facial Wrinkles
- Sun-damaged skin
- Acne scarring
Advantages of Fractionated C02 Laser
- Quicker recovery
- Faster healing times
- Fewer short-term side effects
- Lower risk of scarring
- Lower risk of hypopigmentation
During your consultation with our Plastic Surgeons, you will be fully informed about necessary pre-treatment prophylaxis, anesthesia, post-treatment skin care, and follow-up visits.
What to Expect during your Laser treatment
All fractionated C02 Laser treatments are performed in an outpatient office setting. Our procedure room is fully accredited by AAAASF. Most of our patients can tolerate the treatment with just oral sedation and topical anesthesia. Some patients prefer or require the procedure with intravenous sedation administered by an anesthesiologist in our outpatient setting or under general anesthesia administered in an operating room.
Our patients begin a seven-day course of prophylactic antibiotic and antiviral medications one day before the procedure. They arrive one hour before their scheduled treatment, at which time they receive pre-operative medications including the topical anesthetic applied to the treatment areas.
Just prior to the treatment, protective eye shields are placed to protect the eyes. During the laser treatment, we also apply forced cold air using our Zimmer cooling system to further lessen patient discomfort. Patients usually tolerate the treatment well when given the anesthesia described above; however, some patients require additional local anesthesia.
At the conclusion of the treatment, protective eye wear is removed. We then apply the occlusive healing ointment. Postoperative instructions are again reviewed and the patient is discharged home. Our patients are seen at the office in a few days to make sure healing is going well.