What is a fractional CO2 laser?
The CO2 laser is equipped with surgical tips and a fractional scanner. Fractional treatment involves the vaporization of micro-holes in the skin. New skin is formed in areas of vaporized micro-damage and around them, in the superheated zone, by diffusion of heat collagen rebuilds. Fields of micro-damage are surrounded by healthy skin, so after the treatment there is a rapid regeneration present. Depending on the set parameters we can do a gentler treatment (eg superficial laser peeling) or act stronger – performing a skin resurfacing treatment that will help improve the skins tone, quality, color and texture. CO2 laser is a device loved by dermatologists around the world. It has been in use in aesthetic dermatology treatments for many years thanks to proven very good results and a wide range of use.
- Photoaging of the skin (numerous fine wrinkles, solar elastosis)
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Acne, post-traumatic and post-surgical scars
- Dilated pores, seborrhea
- Discoloration (post-sun, post-inflammatory)
- Stretch marks
What does the treatment look like?
The procedure is performed by a doctor, after prior lidocaine cream anesthesia. Then the head is passed over the skin. The patient may feel warmth during the treatment. After the procedure the skin is visibly reddened, the patient feels discomfort similar to the skins reaction after intense sunbathing for about 2 hours. For the first 2-3 days after the laser, there is erythema and swelling, then micro-tears form and superficial peeling of the epidermis occurs. After the procedure, the patient receives special instructions on how to care for the skin, must use photoprotection, avoid the sun and apply regenerating creams. Skin takes about 5-7 days to heal. During the period of convalescence it is better to resign from work or social meetings. For best results, a series of 3-5 treatments carried out at an interval of 4-6 weeks is suggested.
Laser treatment helps reduce wrinkles, furrows and enlarged pores as well as helps in the correction of scars.
The action of the laser causes an increase in skin tension, thus providing an excellent lifting effect. The production of new collagen occurs up to 6 weeks after the treatment
- fresh tan
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Active herpes
- A tendency to develop herpes (please inform your doctor)
- Active bacterial or viral infections
- Use of photosensitizing drugs and preparations
- A tendency to scarring
- Oral isotretinoin (within the last 6-9 months)