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CO2 Laser Brisbane | RF Microneedling vs Fractional CO2 Laser

At Pearl, we use the Fraxis Duo, which combines the power of a fractional Co2 laser with RF microneedling. The two modalities can be used independently or combined as alternating treatments. Treatments combining Co2 laser with RF microneedling provide a better therapeutic outcome. The newest treatment available is Tixel, which can treat the full range of skin aging, sun damage, stretch marks, acne scars, plus more. In addition, Tixel has a unique advantage in treating the entire eye area safely without eye shields. Full-face CO2 Laser and RF microneedling cost $790. Four treatments are recommended, and if you buy a package of 4, there is a 20% discount.

Our Laser Therapist Offers a Free Assessment at the onset. So Call Us on 07 33505447 or Book Online.




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What is Achieved with CO2 Laser?

  • skin tightening and firming
  • reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
  • smoother skin texture
  • reduction in enlarged pores
  • improved appearance of acne scarring
  • we prefer Tixel rather than laser for eye wrinkles

CO2 lasers are unsuitable for treating pigmentation, redness, broken capillaries or tattoo removal. For pigmentation, redness and broken capillaries, we recommend  BBL Hero, and tattoo removal requires Q-switched lasers or a picosecond laser such as Picosure.

Our Laser Therapist Offers a Free Assessment at the onset. So Call Us on 07 33505447 or Book Online.

RF Microneedling vs. Fractional CO2 Laser

So, how do these two treatments stack up, and what are the key differences and similarities? To understand how the fractional CO2 laser works compared to RF microneedling, you must understand how the different technologies work. Both CO2 and RF microneedling work on the premise of creating a controlled injury to your skin – breaking down scar collagen and damaged areas.

This injury activates your skin’s healing function, releasing factors resulting in healthy new collagen. However, while CO2 Lasers work on the skin’s total thickness (epidermis and dermis), RF microneedling works primarily in the dermis. So, you would think that CO2 lasers are superior? Not necessarily, and let us explain why.

RF Microneedling vs CO2 Laser Depth of Treatment

CO2 lasers affect the epidermis and dermis: When applied to the skin, the CO2 laser creates controlled injury in a thin column through the total thickness of the skin.   This is beneficial because it establishes collagen contraction and skin tightening. But the effect on the dermis stimulates your skin to mount the repair response and lay down healthy collagen.

RF Microneedling creates a more selective dermal response. With RF microneedling treatments, on the other hand, needles are inserted into the skin before radiofrequency energy is discharged. Consequently, the skin’s surface (epidermis) only receives microneedle pricks. The injury to break down scars or damaged tissue occurs at the needle tip in the dermis. Thus, the radiofrequency creates a cone of the wound, with the broadest part deeper in the dermis required.

However, using fractional CO2 and RF microneedling combinations is often more beneficial, except in people with darker skin types. Though RF microneedling is safe for all skin types (fair to dark), CO2 laser should not be used in dark skin types because of the risk of hypo or hyperpigmentation after treatment.

RF Microneedling vs CO2 Laser Therapeutic Action

Though both create therapeutic effects through heat, the heat is designed differently. CO2 laser converts light into heat energy, whereas RF microneedling inserts small pins into the skin and discharges radiofrequency energy. Both are fractionated treatments. So what is meant by this, and where does the Fraxel laser fit in?

Our Laser Nurse, Christine, Offers a Free Assessment at the onset. So Call Us on 07 33505447 or Book Online.

CO2 Laser for Acne Scars | CO2 Laser for Stretch Marks | CO2 Laser Resurfacing | Fractional Laser

Fractional CO2 vs Ablative CO2 Laser

The CO2 laser was the first laser developed for cosmetic resurfacing. All CO2 laser treatments were fully ablative, meaning the entire surface skin was treated. Full laser skin resurfacing potentially has impressive outcomes. However, the incidence of side effects was the impetus for developing fractional lasers about 15 years ago. With fractional lasers, a column of injury is created, surrounded by untouched areas of skin. This dramatically reduced the risks because the healthy skin surrounding the injured column could move in quickly and heal the surface faster, vastly reducing the chances of scarring and infection. Although fractional CO2 laser does not initially give the same dramatic results and requires repeated treatments, the results are more natural without the risks.

The first fractional technology was the Fraxel laser. Fraxel has continued to create new machines, including a Fraxel CO2 laser. They were the first with the most prominent brand penetration, so much so that people have used Fraxel as synonymous with fractional lasers. However, there is now a broad range of fractional CO2 lasers. We chose the Fraxis Duo because it is a powerful laser with added treatment benefits of RF microneedling.

Our Laser Therapist Offers a Free Assessment at the onset. So Call Us on 07 33505447 or Book Online.