The Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue to help reduce a variety of skin-related blemishes, including: “age spots” (also called sun freckles, liver spots, and lentigines), fine lines, light to moderate wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck and chest. This procedure is also very effective with removing acne scarring and blemishes!
Step 1: The face is thoroughly cleaned, and then a light, numbing agent is applied to reduce pain felt from heat.
Step 2: The physician or assistant will the hold the skin taut while firing the laser.
Step 3: The laser is applied in a column-like pattern. Removing skin in columns allows the surrounding columns of untreated skin to aid in healing.
Step 4: The procedure itself is fairly simple and is performed quickly in about an hour in our office.
Step 5: Once the procedure is complete, recovery time equates to roughly 3-5 days for redness.
Resurfacing the skin with a CO2 laser is done so through a process called ablation. In this process, the laser forms a beam of light that is absorbed by water in the body’s tissue as energy. As the laser continues to send energy, the water reaches a boiling point (on a micro level, of course) and the tissue begins to evaporate. The removal of the skin through this energy transference is ablation.
Essentially, what occurs is the removal of skin through heat and the stimulation of the body to replace it with newer, younger skin. On top of that, it also stimulates the production of collagen, which improves elasticity and support!