Fractional CO2 Laser
One of the most frequent questions people have regarding their facial appearance is how to improve wrinkles and scars. These concerns can be addressed with a fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser among others. The fractional CO2 laser is one of the more commonly used today due to the superior results and minimal discomfort and downtime.
The fractional CO2 laser works by drilling tiny pin-sized holes to a specific depth in the skin surface. This grid-like pattern resembles what looks like a cribbage board, but on a very tiny scale. These tiny “holes” heat the deeper portion of the skin called the dermis causing the collagen (the building block of your skin) to “remodel” thus smoothing wrinkles and other defects. This grid pattern allows the laser to spare islands of normal skin so that healing time is minimized. The laser beam is moved from spot to spot over the area you are treating. You may treat selected areas of the face or the whole face. This laser can also be used to treat scars on the body as well. You may require one or several treatments (typically spaced months apart) depending upon the response you have and the severity of the wrinkles or scars you have.