CO2 Fraxel Laser
What is the CO2 Fraxel Laser?
The CO2 laser is the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing in order to treat the effects of facial skin aging. The latest laser technology, the fractional CO2 laser, offers many of the benefits of the full face CO2 laser, with a fraction of the downtime. The laser is used to treat the effects of sun damage on the skin as well as facial skin aging. The laser can provide skin tightening, is used to treat dyschromia (brown spots and skin discoloration), even out the skin tone and color, remove fine lines and wrinkles, and to reduce the size of large pores.
How does the CO2 Fraxel laser work?
Fractionated Carbon dioxide lasers produce a beam of infrared light that can target the area precisely and results in no bleeding. Lasers, including carbon dioxide lasers, work by producing short pulses of a single wavelength of light. These pulses last less than a millisecond or one thousandth of a second. This light is extremely intense. It injures the skin in a specified area; consequently this injury causes skin cells to reproduce more rapidly to heal the injury. Deep Wrinkle improvement or acne scar improvement is limited because of the way (CO2) lasers work. They produce heat and to treat the deeper wrinkles or acne scars, more heat is required.
The Fraxel CO2 laser is most commonly used for:
Loose skin around the eyes
Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes.
Perioral rhytids which are the fine lines of the upper lip and lower lip.
Treat the entire face in order to improve the appearance of your fine lines, wrinkles, the skin tone, skin color, and skin texture
Deep acne scarring
What makes the fractional CO2 laser different from the traditional CO2 laser treatment?
There is no question that the CO2 laser is the gold standard laser for facial skin resurfacing. However, despite unparalleled results, the traditional CO2 laser treated 100% of the skin and resulted in a long recovery process. It took up to 3 months for the skin to heal and this often resulted in a permanent skin lightening.
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