You’ve heard of Fractional CO2 lasers but not sure if it’s right for you? Don’t worry, because we’re taking a deep dive into this gold standard procedure, so you can make the right decision for your skin.
What are Fractional CO2 lasers?
Also known as ablative lasers, Fractional CO2 lasers are used to treat acne scars, age spots, liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, skin laxity and dyschromia (uneven skin tone or pigmentation). It’s essentially a resurfacing technique that removes columns of skin using a fractionated technique that leaves the surrounding skin intact to enhance healing and reduce downtime.
Are these procedures painful?
Most people feel very little pain during this procedure, because we give you a local anaesthetic prior to your procedure, so you can relax in comfort. This is a non-surgical skin resurfacing technique and can be used safely on your skin, even on darker complexions.
What can I expect during and after a Fractional CO2 procedure?
When you arrive at our clinic, we apply a local anaesthetic gel to your skin, which takes about an hour to work fully. This gel is removed before we start your procedure, which also takes about an hour to complete (so count on being here for at least 1.5 hours). Most clients feel ‘pins and needles’ on their skin as the procedure progresses, but the numbing anaesthetic keeps you comfortable.
Following your procedure you might experience some redness and swelling, but one of the benefits of the Fractional CO2 laser is that it reduces your downtime. You should notice improvements in your skin within one week, but optimal results can take up to six months to fully develop. Your results, however, can last for years.
After laser resurfacing, always wear a high value suns screen when in the sun to prevent the appearance of uneven pigmentation for at least a year following treatment.