All Fractional CO2 Laser techniques are not created equal!
What I appreciate most about the newer fractional CO2 lasers are their ability to be adjusted to give a fractional CO2 treatment or a fully ablative treatment. Since first using the CO2 laser for skin rejuvenation in 1995, I’ve been used to offering patients a fully ablative CO2 laser treatment that consistently gets rid of most of the wrinkles and lasts for 7-10 years or longer.
Since most people have the same ‘problem areas’ – the areas around the mouth and the eyes – I have developed a unique method of using the fractional CO2 laser to treat these problem areas with a full ablation and the rest of the face with a fractional treatment.
The flexibility of the fractional CO2 laser enables me to offer most of the benefits of traditional CO2 laser resurfacing, but under local anesthesia in an office operating room setting, avoiding general anesthesia and prolonged downtime. This is a much more effective treatment than that which can be usually be offered by a nurse in a medspa or a physician with less laser experience.
The benefits to the patient are:
- Immediate shrinkage of damaged skin
- Minimal discomfort with topical anesthetic
- Minimal downtime
- Softening of fine lines and wrinkles
- Removal of age and sun spots
- New collagen production for up to one year following treatment