Fractional CO2 Laser for Acne Scars
Acne scars are a ever-present problem from late adolescence on into our twenties. Until the
advent if the fractional CO-2 lasers, laser treatment with CO-2 often meant painful weeks of
downtime and often a complicated recovery. Now, in 2018 we have the state of the art fractional
CO-2 lasers which remove scars precisely and with little downtime in three to four treatments
spaced at four-to- six-week intervals.
The procedure begins with numbing of the skin. If patients request an injectable pain
medication, that is made available along with an antianxiety medication. After a 45 minute
session of numbing, the procedure begins with the application of the laser across the targeted
areas. Within thirty minutes the procedure is concluded and the areas treated iced. Patients are
discharged with medications to allow them to sleep comfortably and with instructions for post-op
care following the treatment.
The process may be repeated within four to six weeks until the scars are completely removed.
The average treatment plan includes three to four treatments depending on the depth of the
acne scar targeted.