The Carbon Dioxide Laser has been around since the early 1990’s. Dr. Edwin F. Williams has extensive experience with the CO2 laser since 1994. During the “90’s” it was the craze to have your doctor perform Laser treatments. One of the functions of the CO2 laser was resurfacing of the skin. It created an open wound taking up to 10 days for the skin to heal, and redness of the skin could persist for a number of months after the treatment. The results were amazing for tightening, but the healing time was a true deterrent for this procedure.
The Fractionated CO2 hand piece basically delivers the laser to the skin keeping the skin intact. This dramatically decreases the healing time, making it more attractive to patients. Tiny pinpoint dots are created on the face by the laser that will heal over in 2 to 7 days depending upon the number of times the Laser is passed over an area. Redness can persist from a week to several weeks and can be covered with make up anywhere from 3 to 5 days, again depending upon the number of times the laser is passed over the face. The tiny laser Rays delivered from the Fractional CO2 Laser causes a thermal response which stimulates collagen production resulting in fewer wrinkles. Fractional Lasers can be compared to aerating your lawn. You still have a normal lawn but with tiny holes in between.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for the Fractional CO2 Laser?
If you are looking to reduce wrinkling, to tighten skin and /or treat pigmentation issues, the Fractional CO2 Laser may be for you.