What is the CO2 fractional laser?
The fractional CO2 laser uses a laser source which is capable of acting with great efficacy on the more superficial layers of the skin, eliminating them with an ablative effect. The micro areas of tissue removed, stimulate a healing and restructuring process in the skin, similar to that which can be achieved with a massive treatment of the entire surface to be treated, but limited to single microscopic points of laser-skin interaction and this means that the time of the healing process in minimal. The clinical effect, taking into account a limited post-operative time, will, in any case, be good and can later be perfected with additional sessions and will lead to a progressive but deep renewal of the epidermis and the dermis. This is reflected with a visible improvement of the wrinkles and the laxity of the skin, of certain types of scars, of some pigmented blemishes, of some keratoses and above-all of the skin texture in general. The treatment is not recommended for very dark or black skins, due to the high risk of alterations of the pigmentation, for those who have had systemic anti-acne therapy with retinoids in the previous 6 months, for those who tend to develop hypertrophic and keloid scars, or when there is an on-going infection.
Effects of photorejuvenation with CO2 laser
In conclusion, taking into account a very limited inconvenience, the results include an improvement in the texture of the skin and of the smoothness of the surface, an improvement in the more superficial wrinkles, in the uniformity of the complexion, the fading of some types of scars and reduction in the sagging of the skin. The treated is based on 3-4 sessions and is repeatable after a few weeks, permitting a further improvement of the results, even if many patients say they are satisfied after only one or two sessions. After a full series of treatments, the results are substantial and lasting as well as being stable in time, but obviously they do not stop the ageing process of the skin. This type of treatment can also be combined with other methods of medicine or aesthetic surgery, such as the use fillers, of botulinim toxin, of lifting with threads.