How The treatment Works
CO2 lasers have been the gold-standard for skin resurfacing treatments for 20 years. The original CO2 lasers had significant down time and healing. The newer types of CO2 lasers have transitioned to a fractional beam, which now reduces the recovery time from 6+ weeks to approximately 5 days of healing time.
Fractional CO2 technology delivers the best overall results in a one treatment protocol vs many other laser devices as it is able to remove the outer layers of skin while delivering heat deep into the underlying tissues. Laser skin resurfacing stimulates the production of new collagen which will smooth out wrinkles as well as tighten lax skin and even out the tone of your complexion that was caused by sun damage. This is a fabulous treatment that can address many of your skin concerns all at once.
What areas can a Fractional CO2 laser resurface?
- Under eye wrinkles and crows’ feet
- Smokers’ lines on the upper lip
- Acne scars
- Sun damaged skin
- Lower face and neck
- Full face – Overall improvement
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Contact us to schedule a laser skin resurfacing consultation with our team of experts by filling out our online form or book via our online app today! Cosmetic Laser Solutions serves patients for Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Massachusetts in Stoneham, Wilmington and Attleboro, MA.
Frequently Asked Questions for Laser Resurfacing with Fractional CO2.
Can laser resurfacing remove acne scars?
Laser Resurfacing with the Fractional CO2 is an excellent option reducing acne scars.
How long does it take collagen to rebuild after resurfacing?
Collagen rebuilding is a slow and steady process. Improvement is visible in some people around 30 days post treatment and continues to build for about 6 months.
How long does it take to recover from laser skin resurfacing?
Typically, it takes 4-7 days of healing time after a fractional C02 treatment. We can also offer a light peel which can reduce the downtime to 4-5 days.
How long does your face stay red after co2 laser treatment?
After the initial 4-7 days of healing time your face will have some prolonged redness for 2-6 weeks post treatment. A gradual reduction in redness improves on a daily basis.
What is the downtime for co2 laser?
The Fractional CO2 treatment has 4-7 days of downtime.
Will this treatment remove sun damage?
Yes. Unwanted pigmentation from the sun is removed as the surface of the skin is resurfaced, so a clear complexion will return.
Is CO2 resurfacing a good option for darker skin types?
We do not recommend a Fractional CO2 laser treatment on darker skin types. Alternatively, an excellent choice would be RF Microneedling.
Is microneedling the same as CO2?
Definately not. Standard Microneedling is targeted to the upper skin layers and is a superficial form of skin resurfacing without any heat energy. Heat is needed in the deeper layers of your skin in order to maximize collagen remodeling.
Why is heat important?
Heating of collagen penetrates layers of skin and breaks down scars more effectively. This stimulates new cells called fibroblasts which format new, fresh and young collagen. The end result is firmer, tighter skin with less wrinkles.
What will I look like after my Fractional CO2 treatment?
Your skin will be red and have some swelling. Sometimes there is mild blistering. The redness will turn into a light brown crusting. The degree of post-treatment appearance will vary depending on how aggressive your treatment has been.
What does Fractional laser skin resurfacing mean?
The technology means only a portion of your skin is treated in a session which means a faster, easier recovery time than older CO2 technology.