Laser Skin Resurfacing
CO2 Laser, Fractional Laser Treatments
Most commonly, CO2 Lasers are used for laser resurfacing. However, many conditions and areas can be treated safely with a fractional CO2 laser. Hence, full CO2 laser resurfacing is rare and reserved for minor area treatments due to downtime. Instead, the fractional CO2 laser is the preferred treatment. As a skin laser, CO2 remains the gold standard for body and facial laser resurfacing.
Laser Resurfacing Treatments?
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is helpful to improve many appearance concerns.
- Sun damage on the face, neck and decolletage.
- Smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
- Wrinkles around the eye or mouth which are resistant to injections and fillers
- Most skin textural concerns are improved
- Reducing enlarged pores
- The gold standard for many types of acne scarring
- Surgical or burn scar revision.
- Reduces some types of pigmentation on the face, neck, and decolletage.
What is a CO2 Laser?
A CO2 laser ( carbon dioxide laser) was one of the first gas lasers and remained the most useful. It produces a beam of infrared light. The laser beam is absorbed by water in your skin. The original CO2 skin laser was fully ablative. Meaning the laser skin resurfacing took off a complete layer of skin. It is also called a laser facelift because the CO2 laser removes damaged skin, stimulates new collagen production, and provides a dramatic tightening effect.
CO2 lasers are used for aesthetic and surgical. Above all, CO2 lasers remains an excellent choice for laser resurfacing. Because it not only removes damaged tissue but stops bleeding. The erbium laser does not have this advantage.
What Is A Fractional Laser?
A fractional laser treats part of the skin and not the entire field. Since the first fractional laser, the Fraxel, was invented, it has moved into mainstream use. Most laser treatments are now performed with a Fractional laser, commonly used laser resurfacing. The advantage of a fractional laser is more rapid healing, less downtime, less risk of complications. However, sometimes repeated treatments are required.
What is a Skin Laser?
There are many types of skin lasers. However, they are used principally in cosmetic medicine included radiofrequency (RF) and IPL treatment, which are newer technologies that can enhance aesthetic improvement demonstrated by laser skin resurfacing.
A skin laser can perform one or two functions. Broadly they are broken into vascular lasers, pigmentation lasers & resurfacing lasers.
Fractional Skin Resurfacing with Radiofrequency
Fractional Skin resurfacing with radiofrequency is another way of safely restoring skin. The eMatrix rf can target your face, hands, arms, neck or décolletage. The eMatrix combines the Sublime and Sub-ablative applications to work different skin areas and refresh the skin’s appearance.
Sub-ablative radio-frequency is used on the surface, encouraging an active healing response in the dermal matrix, revitalising skin appearance. Thus, we can target and treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, sagging, and sun damage using fractional radio-frequency treatments.
Laser Skin Resurfacing with Erbium Laser
Another good choice for laser skin resurfacing is an Erbium laser with a wavelength of 2940 nm. Like the CO2 laser, it is primarily attracted to water in the dermis. The erbium laser does not penetrate as deep as a CO2 laser. Consequently, it does not lead to collagen contraction and tightening. It remains a valuable tool for laser resurfacing.
The erbium laser removes surface layers of the skin, so it is helpful for various conditions.
- wrinkle reduction
- acne scarring
- removal of benign skin lesions.
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