Skin Rejuvenation with Fractional Laser
Fractional lasers are one of the best non-surgical natural skin rejuvenation treatments. By definition fractional treats a fraction of the skin while leaving healthy skin around the treated area to improve healing. There are two types of fractional lasers 1} CO2 and 2}erbium. The CO2 laser penetrates deeper and increases collagen more than the erbium (Fraxel) laser. It provides better results for deeper wrinkles, acne scars, upper lip lines, and skin crepeyness.
The fractional CO2 laser takes the CO2 laser beam and pixellates that beam into thousands of tiny little shafts of light. These tiny shafts of light penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. The skin then repairs those tiny shafts by pushing out the old skin and replacing it with new skin. This also tightens collagen.
CO2 Fractional lasers excel at treating deeper wrinkles, more severe textural changes from sun damage, blotchiness, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars. They also can be used on the delicate eyelid skin and around the mouth. It is also a very effective treatment for sun damage. It does not take care of redness. For problems with red and veins, a medical grade IPL or pulsed dye laser is more effective.
Laser treatments are customized to meet the goals of the patient. Treatments can be deeper, with more healing and downtime, or shallower, with less healing time. Generally the deeper the treatment, the better the results. Some results are immediate but full results evolve in about 3 months. How long the results last depend on your lifestyle. If you apply sunscreen and wear brimmed hats, you can maintain the good effects of your CO2 laser treatment for several years.
First, find a reputable cosmetic dermatologist or surgeon. CO2 lasers are only sold to MDs or medical spas under the supervision of a doctor. Good equipment in incompetent hands will not help you! To determine whether laser is your best choice, go for a consultation and listen to the surgeon’s recommendations. Choosing a medical clinic with experience in lasers is your best way to avoid any complications.