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Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Over the years, you’ve probably noticed that your skin has gradually started to change. It may feel rougher, your pores look larger, scars from injury or acne may be more apparent, and hyperpigmentation from sun damage becomes evident. These issues, coupled with the advent of fine lines and wrinkles can cause you to look older than you feel. There are a myriad of remedies available to address aging or damaged skin, from skin care product lines to fillers to specialized cosmetic treatments. But which option is best for you, and which will be a lasting solution to refresh your skin?

At Daines Plastic Surgery, we offer several choices to rejuvenate your skin, including chemical peels and microdermabrasion. However, our latest offering has been touted as the gold standard in skin resurfacing – Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing.

Laser Skin Resurfacing – Ablative or Non-Ablative?

As with any skin resurfacing procedure, laser resurfacing involves removing the top layer of damaged skin (the epidermis) and revealing the new, fresh skin underneath. This can be done in different ways, depending on the severity of your skin issues and what you are trying to accomplish.

Originally, all laser resurfacing was performed using an ablative laser, which heats your skin to a high enough temperature to destroy the surface cells, essentially burning them off. While this is an effective method for eliminating scarring and deep wrinkles, there is quite a bit of downtime, and you will experience discomfort, swelling, skin crusting, and other complications. However, the process not only gets rid of damaged skin, but it causes the body to respond to the wounded epidermis by producing new collagen to help it heal. This results in a dramatic and lasting improvement in the skin in just one treatment.

Non-ablative laser treatments heat the underlying tissue of the skin, but only to the point where it signals the body to boost new collagen production. When collagen is increased, the texture and tone of your skin is improved, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is reduced, and skin looks younger and healthier. There is no downtime with non-ablative laser treatments, and no harm to the skin’s surface. Non-ablative treatments work best on more mild cases of lines and wrinkles, and may take more than one session to work.

What is Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Fractional CO2 lasers combine the benefits of both ablative and non-ablative lasers into one treatment. Fractional lasers use ablative technology to remove parts (fractions) of the damaged skin, leaving the surrounding areas intact. This helps accelerate the healing process and reduces the risk of complications and discomfort.

During your treatment, Dr. Daines will apply the Fractional CO2 laser to the area chosen for resurfacing. The ablative laser will eliminate surface damage, while concurrently heating the underlying tissue, causing it to increase collagen production. Depending on the scope of the treatment area, your laser session may take anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours.

What Does The Fractional CO2 Laser Treat?

The Fractional CO2 laser is used to address a wide range of skin conditions, including:

  • Fine lines (including around the eyes)
  • Deeper wrinkles around the forehead, mouth, or nose
  • Sun damaged skin
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation

In addition, the Fractional CO2 laser can be used to treat other visible areas of the body, such as the neck, chest, or hands.

Choosing a Surgeon for Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure

Dr. Daines utilizes skin resurfacing as a powerful tool for improving the health and appearance of your skin.

Laser skin resurfacing can be done alone or as a component of a more comprehensive plan that includes other surgical or non-surgical procedures. During your consultation, he will evaluate your skin and help you decide whether resurfacing can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.

If you have a history of cold sores, you may be given an oral anti-viral medication to take after surgery to prevent an outbreak. Protecting your skin from the sun after your skin resurfacing procedure is extremely important to prevent abnormal pigmentation and to maintain long-term results. Dr. Daines will also talk to you about a daily skin care regimen to enhance your final outcome and achieve long term skin health.

Skin resurfacing is a highly effective way to turn back the clock on your skin and create a healthy, vibrant glow to your complexion. To learn more about your options in skin resurfacing, contact Daines Plastic Surgery at 949-397-6499.

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*Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Steven M Daines has written information about Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing that has been carefully reviewed. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us using our form.

Dr.Daines is an awesome facial cosmetic plastic surgeon. He is a perfectionist and is very accommodating. He is very approachable and takes his time with you during office visit. This is the best place to go for fillers, Botox, face lifts, scar revision, septoplasty, derm abrasion, fractional laser treatment, and other cosmetic facial procedures. I recommend my friends and family to Dr.Daines for their future cosmetic needs. – Jack Y.

Procedure Details

The Fractional CO2 laser produces a beam of infrared light that precisely targets the treatment area, and that beam is broken up into thousands of individual shafts of light (pixels). These intense beams of light pulse into your skin for less than a millisecond, causing injuries to the skin in the specified area. These pinpoint injuries cause skin cells to reproduce more rapidly, healing the injury. The result is a treatment that can give you the results of an ablative laser in a less harsh manner.

After undergoing the procedure, patients will experience some redness and flaking of the skin – after all, you’re still removing the top layer of skin, albeit less harshly. However, since the Fractional CO2 laser is gentler on your face, your recovery time is noticeably less, and you will be able to see a visible improvement in your skin much faster.

It may take up to two weeks for your skin to heal, and another four to six weeks before the mild redness dissipates completely. While you will be able to see some results immediately, your full results won’t be completely visible for three to six months. Once your skin color returns to normal, you’ll notice fewer lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation issues, and your skin will have a refreshed, youthful look.

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