What is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing treatments are a very effective way of treating the results that come from sun exposure, aging, and smoking. These natural, environmental, and lifestyle factors can negatively affect the quality, color, and texture of your skin. There are two types of resurfacing lasers: ablative or non-ablative. Ablative lasers use quick pulsations of high-intensity light that remove the compromised upper layers of your skin, resulting in a smoother, tighter appearance with fewer wrinkles and unwanted pigmentation. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive and do not remove the top layer of skin.  Non-ablative lasers act by stimulating collagen growth and tightening the underlying skin.  An example of a non-ablative laser is a High Frequency Laser.

What Does CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treat?

While there are many different types of laser treatments, CO2 fractional lasers typically provide the most results within a single treatment. Ablative lasers will often take more treatments to produce a similar result.

Some of the skin issues that can be treated with CO2 fractional lasers are:

  • Fine Lines
  • Moderate Wrinkling
  • Deep Acne Scarring
  • Sun Damage
  • Melasma

How Does CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Work?

A CO2 laser uses small, directed pulses of fractionated light energy to target specific areas deep in the skin instead of the entire surface of the skin. When these small “injuries” are created, the surrounding healthy skin then initiates and helps with the healing process.  This process creates new collagen and elastin. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a one-time treatment performed with local anesthesia. The length of the procedure will depend on the size of the targeted area.

What is the Recovery Associated with CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Since the treatment involves removing the top layer of the skin, it is important to remember that your skin will need take time to heal itself. No two people have the same skin chemistry, so different results and reactions are to be expected. Immediately after the treatment, some will have what looks like a moderate to severe sun burn. There is a possibility of blistering, but as long the wounds are cared for properly your skin will begin healing steadily. For best results, keep the treated areas clean and protected from environmental factors.

CO2 Fractional Laser at MetroMD

If you are looking for a non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatment with dramatic results, a CO2 Fractional Laser treatment might be a great option for you. Contact MetroMD today for more information about the different laser treatment options. The professionals at MetroMD are ready to help you find a customized skin renewal plan just for you.  Visit our blog for more information.