Over the past 30 years lasers have evolved significantly in order to improve the skin’s appearance. The goal of laser facial skin rejuvenation is to improve the appearance of the skin by reducing wrinkles, improving the skin’s color/tone/texture (reversing sun damage and sun spots), and tightening the skin. The fractional CO2 laser is the latest technology to help improve the appearance of your skin.
Here are 4 reasons why the fractional CO2 laser technology makes sense:
1) Time Tested Technology- The CO2 laser is the gold standard laser for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. It has been around for over 20 years and is proven to work well. Fractional CO2 technology uses this same type laser that is time tested.
2) Decreased Downtime- The fractionated CO2 laser has significantly less down time then the traditional CO2 laser. Whereas the traditional CO2 laser resurfaced 100% of the skin to which it was applied, this created a long (2 week) healing time and produced significant and long-term redness (up to 3 months). On the other hand the “fractionated” in fractional laser means that only a fraction of the skin is treated. Since bridges of healthy skin are left in between the treated areas, the downtime is significantly less, with the peeling portion complete in around 5 days.
3) Less Side Effects- The most hated side effect of the traditional CO2 laser is a long-term lightening/whitening of the skin that it produced by damage to the pigment producing cells of the skin (melanocytes). This was an effect of treating 100% of the skin. Since fractional technology only treats a fraction of the skin surface, permanent lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation) is not a risk.
4) It can be used on most skin types- Many lasers cannot be used in darker skinned individuals. The fractional laser can be safely used, by an experienced physician, in most skin types.
It is important to note that not all of these lasers are equal in technology. It is important to go to a physician who has experience with the fractional laser technology and can advise you appropriately.