A traditional CO2 laser produces dramatic results, but with the risk of significant side effects. When a laser is fractional, or fractionated, the laser removes only a part of your skin’s surface. The laser works in a pattern, destroying some parts of the skin and leaving others intact. By leaving part of the skin undamaged, there is a faster healing time and fewer complications.
What's the difference between ablative and non-ablative CO2 laser treatments?
Ablative lasers remove the top layer of your skin, so they’re the most effective at treating wrinkles, scars, and other skin concerns.
Non-ablative lasers are less invasive, using heat to stimulate cells and thicken the underlying collagen to improve your skin tone and elasticity.
How much does a CO2 laser treatment cost?
The cost of the Co2 treatment depends on the size of the area and number of treatments needed.
What should I expect during a CO2 laser treatment?
To make the treatment comfortable patients receive a custom formulated topical numbing cream. The cream is applied over the entire area to be treated and is effective 15 to 25 minutes after application.
A CO2 laser treatment typically takes about an hour to complete. After the procedure, your skin may be covered with Aquaphor petroleum jelly to aid in healing.
How many treatments will I need?
Dr Channey will determine the number of CO2 laser treatments you’ll need to reach your skin goals. Typically, you’ll start with one treatment, and wait for results to appear over several weeks before determining if another treatment is needed.
Results of a CO2 treatment vary based on skin quality and thickness, and the settings used on the treatment.
With more aggressive settings, many patients notice significant improvement with one treatment. More aggressive settings require more down time following the procedure.
What are the potential risks and side effects of a CO2 laser treatment?
MVC Health uses the newer ablative CO2 laser treatments which pose little risk for scarring or blistering. Hyperpigmentation is a potential risk if you have olive or darker skin.
Fractional Co2 benefits include more control and faster healing for the patient, as well as a reduction in side effects.
Are there effective alternatives to a CO2 laser treatment?
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