Co2 fractional laser is one of the most effective tools to treat deeper wrinkles, sun-damaged skin and acne scars. There are added benefits like tightening and overall healthier skin. Carbon dioxide lasers ablate the skin producing brief flashes of high-energy light that vaporize the uppermost layer. These skin cells literally disappear in a puff of steam. And because the laser cauterizes (seals) the blood vessels and nerve endings, there is virtually no bleeding.
The laser gives Dr. Michalak unparalleled control and pinpoint precision. That’s because the laser beam can be narrowed down to the width of a toothpick. This allows Dr. Michalak to carefully target the area to be treated, without affecting the surrounding area of skin.
Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment
One of the most significant advantages of Fractional Laser Resurfacing is its accuracy, which allows for the removal of tiny, fine lines, such as “crow’s feet” around the eyes, “lip lines” above the mouth, and other facial wrinkles and scars.
The procedure is performed with usually performed with topical anesthetic or a combination of medication for patient comfort. Because this procedure does not produce bleeding, crusting or significant swelling, post-operative complications are further minimized. In addition, since the laser is self-sterilizing, the risk of infection is greatly reduced.
How Long Does it Take to Recover?
This laser procedure is performed at Dr. Michalak’s office in the surgery center and you will go home within an hour after your procedure. Most of our patients do not require any post-operative pain medication. Healing requires about 7-10 days, revealing new, smoother skin. Some Pinkness of the skin may last for several weeks but can be covered with makeup as desired.
Laser resurfacing treatments actually rejuvenates the skin, giving you a smoother texture, removing discoloration while reducing wrinkles. That’s because the laser renews the epidermis (the top skin cells), revealing the dermis (the skin layer underneath). In the process, the dermis regenerates collagen and the new overlying epidermis. The result? Younger appearing skin.
Now that you know the advantages of Laser Resurfacing Treatment, you can understand why we are excited to offer this procedure to you. However, a word of caution: The effectiveness and safety of this procedure are dependent on the skill and experience of the physician. Laser Resurfacing is a highly specialized procedure that requires specific training and experience with lasers. Dr. Michalak has been trained in laser resurfacing and has been performing laser surgery for over 20 years.