What is Fractional CO2 Laser?

Fractional CO2 skin resurfacing treatment helps to reclaim your skin’s youthful texture and tone, leaving you with a lasting healthy glow. This approach has been used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and discolorations caused by sun damage, as well as to treat acne scars.

The laser delivers thousands of tiny columns of heat deep into the skin, ablating (destroying) old skin cells and inducting new collagen formation.  Within days, new skin takes the place of older, sun-damaged skin.  You will continue to see improvement in your skin’s texture and tone for up to nine months.

What to Expect from Treatment

Prior to treatment, your practitioner may recommend that you temporarily discontinue the use of retinol and acid-based products to ensure that your skin is able to safely withstand the treatment. At the time of your treatment, your skin will be cleansed and prepped with a toner to remove any oils for dry and clean skin. To begin, the laser’s applicator will be pressed firmly over the treatment areas and laser energy will be emitted and absorbed by the skin. Your practitioner may do another pass if they feel it’s necessary if it’s well tolerated. Fractional lasers create less surface damage to the skin, but rather reach a deeper level causing damage well below the surface triggering the skin reparative process for firmer, tighter skin.

Results & Recovery

Swelling and redness after skin resurfacing treatments are common.  The redness can last for several weeks depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment.  Your doctor can suggest make-up that can be applied to cover any redness so that you can quickly resume your regular activities.  Results from CO2 deep skin resurfacing therapy can be long-term and noticeable.

If you’re ready for firmer more youthful skin, call Seattle Skin & Laser to schedule a consultation. For more cosmetic dermatology options, please see our Botox, chemical peel, or non-ablative fractional 1540 skin resurfacing services.