The CO2 laser has been known to provide some of the most dramatic results in treating skin imperfections and is considered the gold standard in skin resurfacing. Traditional CO2 involved removing the entire top layer of skin, however the newer fractionated delivery systems can significantly reduce the risk of adverse side effects, reduce downtime, and improve treatment comfort compared to traditional resurfacing. Fractional CO2 lasers can provide a minimally-invasive solution for:
- Overall skin resurfacing and rejuvenation
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Changes from sun damage
- Scar remodeling including Acne scars
- Changes in skin tone and texture
- Skin laxity
- Skin tags and lesions
- Skin imperfections
How it works
The CO2 laser has a wavelength of 10,600 nm which means a higher level of penetration into the skin and the ability to address deeper layers of damaged skin as compared to the Erbium pixel laser with a wavelength of 2940 nm. The fractional delivery creates micro columns of thermal injury causing contraction of the collagen fibers. This stimulates new collagen production while the surrounding undamaged cells promote rapid healing. Collagen production will continue over the next several months following treatment.
CO2 resurfacing is more aggressive and will deliver the most dramatic results but it is not a lunchtime procedure. Depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure it may take 5-10 days for the skin to heal. The skin will still be pink and sensitive for at least 1-3 months making it important to follow post procedure instructions, a good skincare regimen and avoid sun exposure for optimal healing.
Getting started with Fractionated CO2 Skin Resurfacing treatments in Boise
To learn more about fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing please contact our office to schedule your complimentary skin care consultation. An evaluation by one of our Advanced Certified Estheticians is necessary to evaluate your skin and review treatment options to help meet your needs. Years of board certified plastic surgery experience, top-level training, and life-enriching results are just a short drive away with Boise’s own Kramer Plastic Surgery.