120412People suffering from acne scars go through mental pressure as well as emotional problems. Studies have shown that people suffering from acne scars are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and low confidence. Typical causes of acne include bacteria, excess oil, and clogged hair follicles. The acne can get more severe due to some medications, stress, or diet.
Severe acne may be treated with proper medications but it leaves behind scars. These scars can be treated with the fractional CO2 laser. The method includes treatment of the scarred skin that results in healthy skin.
This method is opted by those who suffer from acne. The benefits of this method are:
This treatment comes with minimal discomfort that too only when some topical cream is applied to the skin.
This treatment works even on darker skin types, including Asian skin.
The recovery period of this treatment is 4 days or less.
During the procedure, several rays of the CO2 laser will create miniature holes (microscopic holes) below the surface of the skin to help generate the new collagen. This new and healthy collagen keeps the skin very youthful. Fractional CO2 works only on the affected area leaving the unaffected ones and this helps in speeding up the recovery.
Method of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment
The whole treatment is performed using topical anaesthesia and a topical numbing cream is applied on the screen before an hour of the treatment starts. Throughout the procedure, the patient would be awake and may feel a little discomfort.
A session would hardly take an hour. During the hour you will feel the peeling of the skin and a slight sunburned sensation of the skin. This sensation on the skin will last for 4-5 days.
The treatment is customized according to the needs of the customer. There are two types of treatment:
Shallow treatment: The recovery period lasts for only 2-3 days as the treatment is not very critical.
Deeper treatment: Requires the holes to go deeper down the skin and would take more time to recover for around seven to ten days. However, the result of the treatment depends on the depth of the treatment.
After the treatment, there might be less noticeable scars and less aging signs along with all other skin conditions. The skin will start getting clearer. However, the actual result of the treatment will start showing after a week and will continue to show till six months. It is always advisable to consult an experienced and skilled dermatologist.
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.
Fractional laser or Fraxel as it is commonly known in cosmetic surgery terms, is a non-invasive technique to treat various skin problems. A beam of laser is divided into thousands of treatment zones, which are focused on a particular spot on the skin, giving it the name fractional laser.
Conventionally, ablative laser works on the epidermis while non-ablative laser works on the collagen or the dermis layer. Fractional laser is unique in that it works on both these layers. Therefore, in problems involving both these layers, Fraxel works extremely well.
How does it work?
The skin has two layers – epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the protective layer and has the melanin-producing melanocytes, which gives the skin, its color. The dermis has collagen and elastic fibers, which gives it skin the elasticity. With age, the skin loses its elasticity and becomes pale, as the collagen degenerates. Less of new collagen is formed, and so aged appearance including sagging, fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots, etc. appear.
What Fraxel does is produce 1000s of columns of laser which act on both the dermis and the epidermis and improve collagen formation and removing old cells. The surrounding skin remains intact, and only the area of focus is treated.
What to expect?
If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.