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The Use of Fractional CO2 Laser in Dermatology

November 9, 2017

There are a lot of different lasers being used for skin care treatment out there, but today, we are going to talk about a very special laser – the fractional co2 laser.  The fractional co2 laser is one of the newest and best of lasers available, and it is even made more popular with the ever growing popularity of lasers as skin treatment options. Today, we are going to talk more about this amazing laser, and its use in the world of dermatology.

Why Should I Opt For A Laser Treatment?

The surgical approach is one way to restore youthful beauty, however, surgery has its down sides. First, it costs a lot. Second, it requires a bit of down time recovering. And finally, it can cause a lot of pain and discomfort especially if the pain tolerance of the patient is quite low, and whether or now the patient is comfortable going under the surgical blade. Hence, laser treatment became a more favored option since it is non-surgical.

The Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment

And of all the available laser treatments out there, the fractional co2 laser is becoming more and more popular due to its functionality. First of all, did you know that the fractional or “pixelated” carbon dioxide laser has the longest wavelength out of all the lasers currently available for dermatological use? Because of this it can be used on darker skin types safely, just given the appropriate settings. This is not the same case for other lasers that works more efficiently on lighter colored skin tones.

Among the many skin issues that the fractional co2 laser can treat, some of these are: deep wrinkles, severe sun damage, different kinds of scars (both acne and surgical ones), and more! It can even be used on the most delicate areas of the face such as the eyelids or the skin beside the mouth.

It is also not only limited to the facial area. The fractional co2 laser treatment may also be used on other skin areas like the chest and the back depending on the needs of the patient.

It does have some limitations though. For instance, it cannot be used to treat redness and vein issues. For those types of ailments, other lasers may be used. Simply consult your dermatologist for further advise.

Fractional CO2 Lasers, Acne Scars

Of all the issues though, the fractional laser is most commonly used for the treatment of severe acne scars. It works by fractionating or pixelating the main co2 laser into thousands of tiny pixels of light. These lights then enters the skin to work on its magic, by pushing out the old damage and scarred skin to be replaced by new youthful skin.

Once your new skin shows up, you would need to take good care of it that it doesn’t get damaged again. You may do this by maintaining healthy skin cleaning habits, putting on sun screen, and staying out of harmful factors like smoking and stress. With these in mind, you will be able to enjoy your new skin for up to several years!

Getting a Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment

Are you thinking of getting the treatment done? The first thing to do is to find a skin center or dermatology clinic that provides it. You can simply search for it along with your location. For instance, “fractional co2 laser in Westlake Village California. Surely there will be a lot of search results. Filter them by checking out past patient testimonials, and the needed certifications for the treatment.

Once you have narrowed down your list, you may then schedule an appointment. Some centers or clinics offer free consultations. By booking an appointment, you will be able to determine the fractional co2 laser cost, as well as take a look at the fractional co2 laser before and after pictures of their previous patients if you want to. Feel free to be open with your concerns as this is the time for you to get to know the doctor or specialist who will work on your face.

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Fractional CO2 Laser Side Effects

Now that you have selected your treatment facility it is time to talk about the last two topics in our article: the side effects and recovery. Let us start with the usual side effect reports by previous patients in general.

Redness. Redness is one of the most common side effects of the treatment. It can last from a couple of weeks to two months depending on the patient. Some patients have the tendency to get red easily, you see, but after a few months the redness must go away.

Wound Healing and Swelling. The laser causes superficial wounds during the treatment. This is a part of the process of getting that new skin to resurface. Hence, the patient might experience some swelling during the healing of these wounds.

Eye Exposure. As with all lasers, it is not good to get any eye exposure with the laser. Hence, it is important to get proper eye covering during the treatment.

Fractional CO2 Laser Recovery

Finally, let us talk about the recovery stage. So you’ve had the procedure done. What now? The doctor or specialist will give you post procedure care guidelines and should walk you through it, but here are a couple of things that you can expect.

Your skin might feel like it has a nasty sunburn especially during the first 24 hours of treatment. For relief and comfort, you may apply ice packs to it for five to ten minutes every hour. After that, your skin will start peeling. This may happen for up to a week, sometimes even more, leaving your skin reddish pink for up to six weeks.

Having said that, you would need to stay at home during the first 24 hours to perform your ice pack ritual, and stay indoors for the next few weeks – unless you want other people to witness your peeling. But after that, you can flaunt your new scar free, wrinkle free face all you want! Just make sure to take care of it this time. Good luck!

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