FILLERS & INJECTABLES
LASERS & LIGHT
MICRODERMABRASION & PEELS
SKIN CANCER TREATMENT & PREVENTION
TREATMENT PHOTO GALLERY
Lasers & Light : Fractionated CO2
The traditional CO2 laser—which came into active use in the early 1990s—had a reputation as the gold standard of skin rejuvenation. Ablating the epidermis and producing intense heat in the dermis, it removed or significantly reduced deep wrinkles, texture irregularities, and scarring. But it came with serious disadvantages: Prolonged crusting and healing for 7-14 days, up to several months of redness, and occasional loss of pigment. The revolutionary fractional improvement of the CO2 laser, introduced in 2008, has all the benefits but none of the side effects or risks of its forebear, and only days of downtime. Typically, one treatment is needed.
With the fractional CO2, laser energy is delivered in a novel way, in a series of narrow columns. This allows for tiny bridges of untouched skin that survive intact. It is these bridges that provide healthy cells and growth factors to speed the healing process.
What’s more, these orderly columns of laser patterns bring what Dr. Franks calls “tight, new, orchestrated collagen.”
Not only does the Fractional CO2 cover wide expanses of skin, it can also aggressively target specific areas, such as sagging upper eyelids and vertical lip lines. Its overall benefits:
- Instantaneous collagen contraction.
- Stimulation of collagen formation
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
- Softens frown lines.
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Reduces pore size
- Removes or lightens dark spots
Improvement in the form of new collagen growth continues for up to 6 months after the procedure.
The major side effects are flaky skin and a pink, sunburned effect, which disappear after a week. Meanwhile, makeup can be worn after 4-7 days.