Laser Resurfacing for Wrinkles
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
What is the Fractional CO2 laser?
The Fractional CO2 laser uses CO2 energy to poke tiny holes in the skin in order to stimulate new collagen formation and improve the texture and quality of the skin. The Fractional CO2 can take years off of your appearance by stimulating collagen for tightening of the skin and the smoothing of fine lines, reducing wrinkles and eliminating unsightly discoloration from years of sun and improving the health of your skin.
What conditions can be treated with the Fractional CO2 laser?
The Fractional CO2 laser is the gold standard treatment for fine lines and deep wrinkles, sun damage, brown spots, discoloration and scarring. In only one treatment, the skin’s texture and general appearance is improved significantly.
What is the best treatment for wrinkles and brown spots?
The most safe and effective treatment for most patients wishing to treat fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration is the Fractional CO2 Laser. This laser is a new, so called “fractional” laser. This means that the laser works byresurfacing only a “fraction” of the skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for faster healing. This vastly reduces the incidence of side effects and has given us the ability to treat all skin types.
Can the Fractional CO2 laser treat the fine lines around my eyes?
Yes, the Fractional CO2 laser is very effective at reducing the fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. It is the best laser treatment for that condition. It can soften the appearance of “crows feet” and eliminate the “crepey” appearance of the eyelids.
How does the Fractional CO2 laser work?
The CO2 fractional laser drills tiny microscopic holes in the skin down past the epidermis and into the dermis. These columns of thermal injury stimulate new collagen to be generated which creates rejuvenated smoother skin.
When should I expect to see results from the laser treatment?
Most patients start to notice improvements in their skin as early as 1 week after the treatment. Continued improvements occur for the next 6 months.
How many treatments will it take?
The vast majority of patients require only 1 treatment to achieve the desired results. Since the treated area continues to improve for the 6 months following the laser treatment, we re-evaluate the need for any additional treatments at that time.
Is Fractional CO2 laser treatment safe for skin rejuvenation in darker skin types?
NYC dermatologist Dr. Schweiger safely treats patients with all skin types including Asian, Indian, and African-American skin. An experienced laser surgeon is needed to treat patients with darker skin types safely.
What is the downtime for this laser treatment?
The fractional CO2 laser causes a wound in the skin which means you will have three to four days of downtime when the skin is healing. During that time you have to apply anointment frequently to your face keep the skin greasy, which makes healing faster.
What are the side effects of Fractional CO2 resurfacing?
The main risks are temporary or long-lasting light or dark spots from treatment. Very rarely scarring can still result. For these reasons it is important to be treated by an experienced laser surgeon.
What type of anesthesia is used during the procedure?
The whole procedure is done using topical anesthesia. You are awake and comfortable the entire time. Prior to the procedure, topical numbing cream is applied for 60-90 minutes. In addition, an oral valium may be given prior to the procedure to facilitate relaxation. Using these measures there is usually minimal discomfort during the resurfacing procedure.
How does this laser compare to the Fraxel Laser?
A single Fractional CO2 laser treatment is similar to receiving 4 treatments with the Fraxel Re:Store laser.
How much does the procedure cost?
The entire procedure costs $4000. This includes all consult fees, visit fees, anesthesia and medications.
Where are the treatments performed?
All laser treatments are perormed in Manhattan, by trained laser surgeon NYC dermatologist Dr. Schweiger.