Fractional Laser 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 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 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
In addition, the Fractional CO2 laser can be used to treat other visible areas of the body, such as the neck, chest, or hands.
Don’t live with the aging effects of sun damage and wrinkles. Call Daines Plastic Surgery today at 949-397-6499 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daines and experience the advantages of Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing.
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.