Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a non-surgical skin resurfacing method. The type of laser used in this procedure has a large wavelength, allowing for treatments to be adjusted based on skin tone. This is an advantage for those with darker complexions who have found themselves to be ill suited for other methods of skin rejuvenation. This laser therapy is quite versatile in its abilities and is used to treat a number of issues related to the aging of skin. To put it simply, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing has many benefits.
About Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
The fractional CO2 laser is quite dynamic when it comes to treating a number of patient complaints. Severe skin conditions like deep wrinkles, acne scars, blotchiness, sun damage and wound scars can be improved with this powerful laser treatment. On the other hand, it’s gentle enough to be used around delicate areas.
The science behind this technology involves the CO2 laser beam of light being fractionated. This translates into the beam being broken down or pixelated into thousands of tiny light energy beams that are able to penetrate more fully into the deeper skin layers. This penetration stimulates a healing response that leads to new, healthy skin growth replacing the damaged layer.
What to Expect
On the day of your procedure, your skin will be cleaned prior to the device being passed over it. Discomfort is minimal as the laser energy is absorbed by the skin, stimulating the body to produce fresh tissue. Your procedure shouldn’t take any longer than an hour to complete.
What is the Recovery Like?
For about a day after your session, you will likely feel a slight sunburn sensation in the treatment area. This is normal. Ice packs placed on the area for a few minutes at a time can help to lessen the sensation. For the next two days to a week, expect your skin to peel and then to be a bit pinkish for the following three to six weeks. Makeup can usually be applied after about a week following the treatment. Plan to take anywhere from 5 to 7 days of downtime, depending on the intensity of your treatment.
Learn More During a Consultation
If you’re tired of looking in the mirror only to see an older version of the person you feel like on the inside, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing at Smith Facial Plastics may be a consideration for you. This treatment can improve the deeper skin issues that other non-invasive methods cannot.
Smith Facial Plastics is located in Gahanna. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to learn more about fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.