Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the biggest breakthroughs in anti-aging technology, capable of erasing years off the face and revealing beautiful, glowing skin beneath. Though skin resurfacing techniques have long been the preferred method of wrinkle removal, the most effective ones – chemical peels, microdermabrasion and tradition lasers – can cause unwanted side effects, such as discomfort, bleeding, a long recovery period and a high risk of complications.
Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing has revolutionized laser skin resurfacing in Largo, taking on fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scars and other skin irregularities in a minimally invasive way. The effects of aging, sun exposure, poor nutrition, and smoking fade away, uncovering a younger and healthier looking appearance. Finally, you can look as young as you feel – with as little downtime as possible.
The procedure is administered in-office under local anesthesia to help minimize treatment discomfort. Like traditional laser skin resurfacing, concentrated beams of energy are applied to the skin, stimulating collagen production beneath the surface. With fractionated CO2, however, the procedure produces the same results without removing the entire top layer of the skin. Instead, healthy skin is left intact to aid in the healing process and help generate collagen and elastin.
The procedure typically requires only one or two sessions to achieve desired results. Depending on the size of the treatment area, the resurfacing process may take between 30 minutes and two hours. Patients are free to go home immediately.
Recovery and Results
Most patients can return to work after just a few days. Until then, it is normal to experience some redness, slight swelling and discomfort following treatment. Prescription pain relievers and ice packs can help manage symptoms until they subside – usually within a few days. It is normal, however, for some redness to linger for several days or weeks following a resurfacing treatment.
The results of Largo fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing will continue to improve over the course of several months. The degree of improvement will vary from patient to patient, but most enjoy long-lasting smoothness and younger looking skin. Proper skin care and sun protection can further prolong results and maintain them for years to come.
As with any cosmetic skin procedure, there are potential risks associated with fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing treatments. Allergic reactions, skin pigmentation and complications with the healing process are possible, though very rare. The vast majority of patients who undergo these procedures do so without major complication.
For more information about fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Largo, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to serving you soon.