What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
The Fractional CO2 Laser is a resurfacing laser, meaning that it improves the appearance of the skin’s surface. It is used to treat many conditions, including the scars left behind after a bad hair transplant is removed. Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing is also used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scars, and sun damage.
How does Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing work?
The resurfacing lasers poke microscopic columns in the skin; these columns penetrate through all of the skin’s layers. This process stimulates the body’s own natural healing process. Healthy collagen replaces the scarred skin, in order to produce smoother skin and an improved appearance of scars.
What should I do if I hate my hair transplant?
Many patients who received hair transplants years ago are realizing that their transplanted hair doesn’t appear as natural as they had hoped. Newer hair transplant methods have a very natural appearance, but the early ‘plug’ transplants can look obvious. Laser hair removal lasers can target the unwanted hairs and remove them in a series of treatments. Laser hair removal is safe and will only affect the unwanted hairs; other natural and transplanted hairs on the scalp will remain intact.
How can I improve the appearance of my scalp after laser hair removal?
After laser hair removal, patients may notice the appearance of tiny scars that previously held the transplanted hair. In order to restore the natural appearance of the scalp and hairline, these scars must be removed. Fractional CO2 lasers can be used to resurface these scars. The resurfacing lasers poke tiny holes in the skin, which stimulate the production of healthy collagen on the treated area. This process allows the treated area to appear smooth and eliminates the evidence of the bad hair transplant.
What should I expect during my Fractional CO2 laser treatment?
After completing the series of laser hair removal treatments, it is then time to address the remaining scars on the scalp. Dr. Schweiger performs resurfacing of the scarred skin in his Midtown Manhattan dermatology practice. Patients arrive approximately one hour prior to their treatment. A topical numbing agent will be applied prior to the treatment. The actual laser treatment takes approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area treated. Only very minimal discomfort is experienced during the treatment. Ointment will be applied to the treatment site prior to leaving the office and post-treatment instructions will be reviewed.
Where is Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing after a bad hair transplant performed?
All treatments are performed by NYC Dermatologist and hair transplant specialist Dr. Eric Schweiger at Schweiger Dermatology in New York City.