What is CO2 FRACTIONAL PEELING PROCEDURE?
Fractional CO2 Resurfacing is a laser treatment to improve skin texture and color and makes the skin smoother and tighter. The new “fractional” laser creates microscopic channels in the skin. These treated areas are surrounded by areas of healthy untreated skin. The untreated skin helps to “speed up” the body’s natural healing process resulting in faster recovery time. The treated areas stimulate the production of new collagen. The new collagen plumps up the skin and helps soften, or smooth out, wrinkles, lines, scars and other imperfections. The fractional laser can be used for light, mid or deep treatments. The laser can be adjusted to make the treated skin (channels) very close together and deep, or more spaced apart and more superficial. Fractional laser can be customized to treat different areas of the skin at different levels during one treatment.
How many treatments are recommended?
The final results of a treatment may take up to 6 months to mature. Although most people will notice improvements in the skin within a few days to a few weeks. It takes time for the body to produce new collagen and for the skin to tighten and soften. Many patients are satisfied after one treatment. For deeper lines, wrinkles or in treating scars, two to three treatments, 6 months apart are recommended. Deeper imperfections may require more or stronger treatments done 6 months apart. Lighter treatments for pigment changes or texture changes may be repeated at 3 to6 month intervals.
We suggest you wait 6 months to obtain the full benefit of each treatment before a second or third treatment. Your esthetic team will help you plan and evaluate for subsequent treatments.
Please remember that time, gravity and sun radiation are ever present. Even patients who benefit from a single treatment may need further treatment 2 to 4 years after the first treatment to maintain the skin improvement they have achieved. Skin maintenance is an ongoing process!!!
With fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment, patients experience improvement in:
- Skin tone and texture
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Facial scars