Fractional CO2 Lasers

The CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser commonly known as fractional laser is an effective laser for the treatment of acne scarring. The new “fractional” technology treats only a portion of the skin, parting healthy intact skin surrounding the treatment area. This allows for fast healing and very safe treatments for all skin types. The fractional CO2 laser makes small microscopic holes in the deeper layers of the skin. This process leads to the generation of new, healthy collagen to smooth out the acne scars. The best treatment for most patients with acne scarring is the Fractional CO2 laser. Examples of this laser include the Fraxel Repair, the MiXto laser, the TotalFX and the Matrix CO2. We at DERMESTHETIC at Sialkot & Lahore, Pakistan have experienced dermatologists and cosmetologists having expertise and knowledge of fractional CO2 laser treatments and procedures.

Consultation

Ablative CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments are among the most popular and effective methods for repairing acne scars. Treatment is applied to the entire scarred region. In addition to ablating scar tissue and encouraging the regrowth of healthy skin tissue, CO2 Lasers can be used to shape large acne scars in order to reduce their appearance.  CO2 Lasers can be used to ablate the edges and ridges of large scars, which creates a gentler slope and minimizes the apparent depth of the scar. CO2 Laser systems allow for more precise control of the treated area than many other skin resurfacing technologies (e.g. Microdermabrasion and Chemical Peels).  CO2 Laser resurfacing can also tighten the skin by inducing the contraction of the dermal collagen, which causes scars to appear flatter and less noticeable. For these patients, dermatologists at DERMESTHETIC be advised to consult for better results.

To schedule a personalized fractional CO2 laser treatment consultation with our doctors to discuss what choices are available to treat your skin in the safest possible way then you have to visit or call at DERMESTHETIC at Sialkot & Lahore, Pakistan, where the dermatologists have such expertise and knowledge.

Technique

We at DERMESTHETIC at Sialkot & Lahore, Pakistan, have highly qualified Dermatologists who are expert in laser therapy/treatment. The fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser is an effective laser for the treatment of acne scarring. The new “fractional” technology treats only a portion of the skin, leaving healthy intact skin surrounding the treatment area. This allows for fast healing and very safe treatments for all skin types. The fractional CO2 laser makes small microscopic holes in the deeper layers of the skin. This process leads to the generation of new, healthy collagen to smooth out the acne scars. Improvement in acne scars can be seen in as early as one week following the Fractional CO2 laser treatment. Improvements in acne scarring will continue for up to 6 months following the initial treatment. Approximately 30-70% improvement of acne scarring is seen after one treatment, though results vary by the individual. Most patients require only one treatment to reach the desired improvement.

Treatment

We at DERMESTHETIC at Sialkot & Lahore, Pakistan, have experienced dermatologists and cosmetologists treating the skin. Carbon Dioxide (C02) Laser systems are ablative laser systems that are commonly used for laser resurfacing procedures. CO2 Lasers are popular treatments for moderate to severe acne scars. C02 Lasers are capable of penetrating deep into the skin and underlying tissue. C02 Lasers are available at higher potency (power) than many other laser systems used in dermatology and cosmetic surgery.

Fractional CO2 Laser Procedure

CO2 Laser treatment of acne scars is a complicated procedure that tends to be substantially more expensive than many other types of Light and Laser Treatments used for acne or acne scars. In general, CO2 Laser resurfacing of the face tends to cost between Rs. 5000 and Rs. 15000 per session depending upon the area of treatment. Effective fractional CO2 treatment of acne scars generally requires 2-6 sessions depending on the specific treatment area, types of acne scars and their severity. CO2 Lasers are aggressive laser resurfacing technologies that can cause significant and permanent skin damage if used improperly. They may also require the use of anesthetics. Because of this, CO2 resurfacing procedures are generally only available in a specialized clinical setting.

We are at DERMESTHETIC at Sialkot & Lahore, Pakistan is equipped with CO2 Lasers and have highly qualified Dermatologists/Cosmetologists who are expert in fractional CO2 Lasers treatments and procedures.

Risks of CO2 Lasers

CO2 Lasers can be used for either complete resurfacing or fractional resurfacing. Complete resurfacing treats all of the tissue in a given area, while fractional resurfacing pixelates the laser beam and leaves small regions of untreated skin between the regions of treated skin. Fractional CO2 laser treatments (eg. Fraxel) are very popular because they tend to have fewer side effects and require shorter healing times than complete resurfacing. Possible side effects of CO2 Laser resurfacing include complications such as edema, prolonged erythema, scarring and hyperpigmentation. Both complete and fractional CO2 treatments have risks of these side effects, although they are substantially higher with complete resurfacing. Patients with darker skin tones appear to be at higher risk of certain types of side effects (e.g. hyper- and hypo- pigmentation) after CO2 resurfacing.

Side Effects

CO2 Lasers are aggressive laser resurfacing technologies that can cause significant and permanent skin damage if used improperly. The fractional CO2 laser procedure for acne scarring is performing using only topical anesthesia. On the day of your treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied for one hour prior to the procedure. During the treatment, you will be awake and experiencing only very mild discomfort.