What is Fractional CO2?
Fractional CO2 is the SmartSkin laser is a CO2 laser with novel micro-ablativeive technology which minimizes downtime while still rejuvenating the skin and collagen. It can be used to effectively treat wrinkles, acne scars, sun spots and uneven pigmentation with minimal downtime. The procedure creates tiny channels in your skin to stimulate the production of collagen and new healthy skin cells.
What results can you expect?
You will notice an improvement in skin texture, pigmentation, and fine lines after the treatment. The improvement is a gradual process with optimal results being obtained within two to three months as it takes time to form new collagen.
What is the procedure like?
Most patients report a pricking sensation during treatment. A topical anesthetic is applied about 30 minutes prior to treatment to minimize the discomfort.
After the treatment, it is extremely important to avoid long periods of sun exposure for approximately 3 months. Sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher should be applied every 2 hours during sun exposure. Because your new skin is delicate, you will be given detailed home care instructions by Dr. Sohayda.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments will vary depending on your skin condition. Most patients require just one treatment. If a second treatment is needed, it will be scheduled about 4 weeks after the first treatment.
Is there any downtime?
You will experience redness, swelling Typically these side effects resolve in two to three days. In some cases, peeling may also occur.