Fractionated C02 Laser
What fractionated co2 laser treats
How does the procedure work?
The fractionated carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is a fractional machine, meaning that treatment is performed over an entire area. The system can also be set to pick out only a fraction or a percentage of the skin to treat. Although the skin is removed by the laser beam, the fractional method ensures that healing is relatively fast yet allows for significant and sometimes deep treatment to be performed on the selected area. It can treat deeply or more superficially, making it very effective for fine lines, irregular skin texture, loss of elasticity, sun and age spots, pigmentation and acne scarring.
What will the patient experience during the procedure?
A local anaesthetic cream may be applied prior to the procedure. The procedure is moderately painful and may require further local anaesthetic by injection. If the procedure is planned to be more aggressive for severe conditions, then a general anaesthetic, intravenous sedation or inhalant anaesthesia may be suggested. Protective eye wear is also worn during treatment.
What can the patient expect after the procedure?
This treatment requires downtime, the patient may experience a feeling similar to sunburn, with redness and light superficial bleeding and “oozing” occurring in the days following treatment. Complete recovery may take up to two weeks, although in most cases, make up may be applied after seven days.