Fractional CO2 laser is a type of skin treatment used by dermatologists to reduce the appearance of acne scars, deep wrinkles, and other skin irregularities. It is a non-invasive procedure that uses laser, specially made of carbon dioxide, to remove the outer layers of damaged skin.
Fractional CO2 laser is commonly used to treat acne scars. However, it can also tend to a wide range of skin problems such as:
The procedure is often done to the face, but the neck, hands, and arms are just a few of the areas that the laser could treat. Fractional CO2 laser is ideal for people who like to minimize the appearance of acne scarring, fine lines, pigmentation, warts.
The fractional CO2 laser is often done by applying a local anesthetic cream to the problem area 30 to 45 minutes prior. The procedure itself lasts for only 15 to 20 minutes.
It uses short-pulsed light energy (known as ultra pulse) that is continuously blasted through a scanning pattern in order to remove thin, outer layers of damaged skin , the procedure activates the production of multiple microthermal zones through this, it can stimulate your body’s natural healing process and boost collagen production. This ultimately replaces the old, damaged cells with new, healthy skin.
Thanks to the fractional technology, patients only have to undergo shorter recovery periods—lasting for 5 to 10 days.
Most patients would find the pain minimal and often describe the sensation similar to prickling. However, since the procedure involves applying anesthesia to the area, your skin would be numb which ensures a painless treatment.
Since the fractional CO2 laser procedure introduces heat (through the laser) into the skin, patients may find some redness or swelling in the treated area. Some may even experience discomfort and hyperpigmentation. Fortunately, the risk of getting these side effects could be minimized and completely eliminated by following post-care instruction that our dermatologists recommend.
After the fractional CO2 laser procedure, you should apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Do make sure to also use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer twice a day and avoid any harsh products. It’s best to limit the use of makeup products as well because they can irritate the skin even more. To ease the swelling around your face, you can try putting an ice pack or compress to the treated area in the first 24 to 48 hours after the fractional CO2 laser treatment. Apply ointment as necessary in order to prevent scabs from forming. Lastly, you may need to adjust your daily activities and avoid situations, such as swimming and workouts, where you can get an infection.
Again, depending on the severity of your skin condition, you may need to undergo about one to three sessions. These treatments can be done at four to six-weekly intervals.
The fractional CO2 laser is a non-surgical treatment for acne scars, fine lines, and other skin concerns with minimal downtime. It involves eliminating the outer layer of damaged skin which stimulates collagen production for firmer, and younger-looking skin. After the procedure, you can instantly go back to your daily activities and face the day with newfound confidence!