WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FRACTIONAL ABLATIVE CARBON DIOXIDE LASER AND FRACTIONAL NON-ABLATIVE LASER TREATMENTS?
Both systems provide partial treatment of the skin. Ablative resurfacing reaches the deeper layers of the skin. This effect is achieved by heating the subcutaneous tissue. However, noticeable results are obtained even after one session. It requires more recovery time compared to non-ablative treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF FRACTIONAL CARBON DIOXIDE LASER?
-Noticeable changes even after one session.
-Smoother and refreshed skin
-Softening of deep lines and wrinkles
– Improved sun and age related spots
HOW IS FRACTIONAL CARBON DIOXIDE IMPLEMENTED? IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
Topical anesthetic ointment is applied on the area to treat 45-60 minutes before the procedure. During the procedure you may feel a slight hot sensation, heat or discomfort. However, you feel much more comfortable after fractional carbon dioxide treatment compared to conventional carbon dioxide laser treatment. A full face treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes. The recommended treatment is 3-5 times spaced one month apart according to the selected parameters.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER FRACTIONAL CARBON DIOXIDE LASER TREATMENT? WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
Following the administration, there may be pinhead scars depending on the severity of the treatment. The most common side effects are oedema which usually decreases within one week and redness which may persists up to 2 months depending on the severity of treatment. Less frequent effects are itching, dryness, peeling and flaking may occur. Brown spots might occur in dark-skinned patients. Other possible effects are temporary.