Carbon dioxide (CO2) is used with Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing, which is the latest advancement in non-surgical skin rejuvenation. The CO2 laser offers the longest wavelength compared to other lasers and is the best for all skin types, including darker skin types. With CO2 laser skin resurfacing, there is a greater chance of shrinking collagen, which is why the results are better for more severe skin issues.
The CO2 laser beam is pixelated into a thousand tiny shafts of light that penetrate deep into the skin causing the skin to push out the sun-damaged skin. The old skin that is eliminated is replaced with new skin. CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is compatible with other cosmetic skin treatments and can be used on the neck, chest, arms, legs, and the delicate area of the eyelid and around the mouth. It does not treat redness due to dilated blood vessels or reddish blotchiness on the neck. This treatment is best for treating:
- Deeper wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Acne scars
- Normal wrinkles
- Surgical scars
- Trauma scars
Fractional CO2 (Total FX) laser resurfacing can be used around the eyes to improve pigment, wrinkles, and loose skin. This procedure can be combined with a full face treatment or done just around the eyes. The treatment involves the use of a sophisticated CO2 laser that puts down deep and superficial pinpoint columns of laser light to vaporize cells and tighten the skin.
A fractional CO2 treatment takes a couple of hours. Most patients heal within 5 days.