CO2 Fractional Laser
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What is CO2 Fractional Laser?
Fractional lasers use energy to create micro-ablated channels deep in the dermal tissue, covering only a fraction of the total surface area and leaving the surrounding skin intact for faster healing and increased comfort. The wound-healing process produces fibroblasts that generate new collagen, plumping the skin and correcting skin imperfections.
Fractional Therapy allows the practitioner to select from a wide spectrum of treatment depths and densities, depending on the indications treated, the desired outcome, and the patient’s tolerance of downtime. We use superficial depth treatments for pigment, medium depth for fine lines and wrinkles, and maximum depth for deep scars, acne scars, and deep wrinkles.
Why Fractional Laser
The Most Versatile and Advanced CO2 Laser Available.
Edge ONE is the only technology that can perform a VanityPeel™ — using EDGE Pulse mode, an advanced skin treatment that reduces the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and pores while improving skin texture, all with minimal to zero downtime.
The VanityPeel™ leverages the exclusive EDGE Pulse, a high-peak-power, very short pulse that delivers a laser treatment with minimal thermal damage to surrounding tissue. The system delivers impressive superficial skin-resurfacing results with little to no downtime.
Edge ONE is effective in treating
- Mild to moderate sun damage
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Reduction of acne scars & surgical scars
- Skin rejuvenation and improved texture
- Skin tightening
Before and After
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The CO2 Fractional resurfacing laser is a carbon dioxide laser that precisely removes the deep outer layers of damaged skin and stimulates the regeneration of healthy skin underneath. The CO2 treats fine to moderately deep wrinkles, photodamage, scarring, skin tone, texture, crepiness and laxity.
The exact time depends on the area that is being treated; however, typically it takes two hours or less to complete. This timeframe includes an additional 30 minutes for topical numbing to be applied prior to treatment.
CO2 is the most invasive laser treatment that we have. The CO2 treatment does cause some discomfort, but we ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. The sensation that is often felt is similar to a “pins and needles” sensation.
After the skin heals, which may take up to 3 weeks, patients will experience a period of their skin appearing slightly pink. During this time, they will see improvements in skin texture and tone. Full results can be seen 3-6 months after the initial treatment, once the skin has completely healed.
Improvements from a CO2 laser treatment can be seen for many years after treatment. Results can be prolonged with diligent use of SPF+, avoided sun exposure, and the correct at home skincare maintenance.
The CO2 laser can be used to treat on specialized areas, such as the eyes and around the mouth; however, the most popular areas to treat with the IPL laser are the full face and neck.
Yes, there is downtime associated with a CO2 laser treatment. Plan for 7-10 days for healing before you can go out in public. Your skin will scab and peel 2-7 days after treatment and will be pink for 3-4 weeks. The exact healing time varies from person to person.
Most patients only need one CO2 treatment to see results; however, some patients with deeper wrinkles or scarring may need multiple treatments to see results.
Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with a CO2 laser treatment. During your consultation your provider will make an assessment to ensure that you are the right candidate for the CO2 laser treatment. If you experience any worrisome side effects after an IPL treatment, please call the practice immediately.
A CO2 laser treatment may not be safe for those with certain health problems. A CO2 laser treatment is not recommended for patients who are currently taking Accutane. Those with a history of difficulty healing or scarring are not candidates, as well as those with bleeding disorders. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not a candidates for the CO2 laser.