Our clinic is equipped with a state-of-the-art laser Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser.
The CO2RE Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Fractional Laser is used for skin resurfacing treatments that help combat skin aging and the effects of over exposure to the sun, as well as in the treatment of non-malignant tumours. It is effective in reducing age-spots, otherwise called liver spots or lentigines, in addition to fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars and uneven skin coloration. It is an advanced pain free procedure to aid skin regeneration and help restore a youthful experience.
It works by removing layers of skin tissue using a fractionated method, whereby small strips of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each section intact to aid in healing. The results achieved with just one procedure can be compared to having a number of non-invasive treatments at once. It is also considered the best single treatment for advanced skin damage and wrinkling. Following treatment, skin will continue to improve for a period of 6 months provided proper skincare is used and sun exposure is minimized.
One aspect of this treatment that could be considered negative is the necessary recovery time. Depending on the area and the extent of the treatment, it will take 7-14 days for the skin to heal. Most patients compare the post-procedure feeling to bad sunburn for up to 2 days. Redness and soreness will be experienced following the process and skin must be kept moist.as there will be dryness and flaking.
How does CO2RE work?
The Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method (columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing) to help reduce “age-spots” (also called sun freckles, liver spots, and lentigines), fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest.
What benefits can I expect?
Results that are expected are a very significant and noticeable reduction in the components of sun damaged skin such as “age-spots” (also called sun freckles, liver spots, and lentigines), fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer. The skin will continue to improve for a period of 6 months following the procedure provided proper skincare is used and sun exposure is minimized. Sometimes the results are not significant until the 6th and even the 9th month, depending on the person’s age, their aftercare routine and their history of smoking
What are the risks and side effects?
The main negative of the CO2RE is the downtime. Depending on the area and the aggressiveness of the treatment, it will take7-14 days for the skin to heal. This downtime will include significant redness crusting (possibly minor bleeding and oozing depending on treatment depth), dryness, and peeling and flaking (it is important to keep the skin moist after treatment). This does mean that social and work activities will have to be curtailed during this time, although you should be perfectly capable of working from home after the first day or two. It could be a very painful procedure but at Advanced Dermatology we provide full facial anesthesia so there should be no or minimal pain during the procedure or even in the hours following it. Other potential side effects may include but are not limited to: skin wound, infection and scarring, hypo and hyper-pigmentation.
Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.
How will I look and feel after the treatment?
After the treatment, you will go home and sleep mostly for the first day. After the first day your skin will be raw and you will follow the instructions as to how to keep it healing maximally. We usually see you in the office on the first, second or third day after the procedure to ensure that healing is going according to plan. By the 7th day you can usually apply makeup or venture out in public, but your skin will still be pink and will be very sensitive for the better part of 1-3 months. It is most important to follow the instructions given to you by your provider. A strict skincare regimen and sun avoidance is recommended for best healing and optimal results for a period of 6 months following treatment. Failure to do so may result in sub-optimal results or side effects such as listed above.