Fractional CO2 Laser

Laser Dermatology has grown in leaps and bounds as the technology evolved, and the acceptance among patients has grown significantly. The Carbon dioxide laser is one of the oldest lasers with most applications in dermatology. It has the power to ablate or destroy specific target tissue, making it a powerful but gentle tool in the hands of a good dermatologist.

What are the uses of Fractional CO2 laser?

The fractional CO2 laser system finds most application in skin resurfacing. It is especially useful to treat depressed acne scars and also to tighten skin wrinkles over the face, neck, and hands. The usefulness of this laser in the treatment of stretch marks, open pores, tattoos, and keloids as well as in skin lightening has been described.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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The Fractional CO2 laser uses multiple microbeams of CO2 laser which from a grid to treat the surface of the skin. The ablation happens in areas with some areas of sparing, so that healing is quick without any side effects. The laser causes a thermal energy zone called MENDs, which stimulate the fibroblast cells to lay new collagen, causing improvement in skin texture, acne scar, wrinkles, and in reducing the pore size. The ablated area allows the pigment of tattoo to escape outside helping tattoo removal.

Mild redness and stinging sensation will be seen just after the treatment and last up to 24 hours. There will be grids of small scabs seen over the treated area, which will be visible for up to 72 hours post treatments. The dermatologist will recommend mild emollients, with physical sunscreen and skin regenerating creams.

Since the results depend on the dermal mechanism of skin fibroblast remodeling the new collagen, it usually takes 4 to 6 weeks to see improvement after a single treatment. However, results are cumulative, and anywhere between 4 to 6 treatments are recommended depending on the condition being treated.

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