Carbon dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser treatment is a new-age non-surgical skin rejuvenation procedure that excels in treating a range of skin problems. The ablative laser procedure helps get rid of thin skin layers and aims to repair fine lines, blotchiness, acne scars, and traumatic or surgical scars. CO2 Laser treatment also works wonders for damaged skin tissues, a result of excessive sun exposure. However, the procedure is most effective for removing wrinkles, a common skin problem that most people develop in the old age.
Best candidates for CO2 Laser treatment
• People with facial wrinkles, age spots or fine lines
• People with saggy skin, blemishes, acne marks, and facial scars
• Those who have an uneven skin tone/pigmentation
• Someone with skin tan or damage
How does Fractional CO2 Laser work?
CO2 Fractional Laser removes deeper skin tissue layers in a fractionated manner. It eliminates columns of skin, keeping the surrounding area intact to help in the healing process.
The recent CO2 Laser version directs intense laser beams (short-pulsed light energy) to the targeted area. The lasers heat up the underlying dermis, which further results in the shrinking of collagen fibres. After repairing the damage, the laser beam activates natural collagen regeneration in the skin and gives your skin an even, smoother appearance.
Depending on your skin condition, you may have to appear for multiple sessions of the procedure.
Steps to the Procedure
Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is performed in steps-
• The first step is to prepare the skin prior to laser treatment. The dermatologist will perform a series of tests and procedures before treating you. This is done to increase the tolerance level of your skin to professional treatment methods and decrease the risk of any side effects.
• On the day of the treatment, the doctor will apply topical anaesthetics to the area, which needs to be treated. Anaesthesia will ease the pain and make you more comfortable during the procedure. Painkillers and sedatives are used when treating a large area of the skin.
• The dermatologist will clean your skin to remove excess dirt, oil and bacteria.
• Next, the doctor uses CO laser beams on the targeted area to repair wrinkles and other skin damages.
• Finally, he/she will dress the treated area in wraps to protect your skin and allow it to heal.
How long do the effects last?
The effects of Fractional CO2 Laser treatment are usually long-lasting. Once the repair is done, you can expect the results to last for several years, provided you take good care of your skin, as recommended by your dermatologist. Fractional CO2 Laser treatment is safe and does not involve many complications. This is a non-surgical procedure so you need not go under the knife. However, given the intricate nature of the procedure, it is highly recommended that you opt for an experienced dermatologist.