Do you notice deep facial lines when you look in the mirror? Have you tried stretch mark creams that haven’t worked? There is an effective solution available for these skin challenges.
No matter how diligently people care for their facial skin, time, sun and stress inevitably cause damage. If you are frustrated by the fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, or pigmentation changes you see in the mirror, then it may be time to consider discussing fractional CO2 laser therapy with your doctor.
How Fractional CO2 Laser Therapy Works
Usually performed in your doctor’s office, fractional CO2 laser therapy is a deep resurfacing treatment. Over the course of two to three treatments, your doctor will apply the fractional CO2 laser to the damaged area of your facial skin. The laser’s energy encourages your body to increase its production of collagen the primary structural protein found in the body’s connective tissues. This tightens skin, smoothing away fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. It also improves skin texture, minimizes scars and evens out the skin’s pigmentation. Results often observed almost immediately.
What to Expect During the Treatment
Each treatment typically lasts about 15 minutes. For small treatment areas, a topical anesthetic cream applied. Patients undergoing more intensive treatment may receive a nerve block or conscious sedation. As your doctor targets your trouble spots with the laser, any discomfort you experience should be minimal. Afterwards, the treated skin will be pink and may have a thin, crusty look.
Healing After the Procedure
Far safer than traditional CO2 lasers, today’s fractional CO2 lasers spare the top layer of the skin, allowing patients to recover more quickly. Immediately following treatment, your skin will need to be kept moist with ointment and surgical bandages. You may also experience minor swelling or redness for a few days. Follow your doctor’s instructions for care and be sure to protect your skin from the sun. In three to four days, you will likely be able to resume wearing cosmetics. For most patients, healing is complete in a little more than a week.
While the treatment and recovery time required for fractional CO2 laser therapy is short, results are long-lasting. Doctors estimate the effects last for nearly a decade. If you would like skin that is smoother, more evenly toned, and younger looking, talk with your doctor to learn if fractional CO2 laser therapy is right for you.
Once you have the smoother, younger skin of your dreams, take care of it and enjoy!