Did you know that it’s possible to rejuvenate and tighten the skin on your face without surgical intervention? You can erase years of natural ageing and environmental stresses from your face and other areas of your body with fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing. This is a technique that’s become very popular in recent years for both men and women, likely thanks to the many developments in the technologies used. Laser skin-resurfacing procedures have become very effective and quite affordable—they’re good for not only removing the deep lines, wrinkles, and creases that accrue in the skin over time, but many other skin problems too.
Some of the other skin issues that can be resolved with a fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment include acne, acne scars, and pigmentation irregularities. This includes common brown spots which appear on the skin, either from ageing (“age spots” or “liver spots”, as they’re commonly referred to as) or from the rigours of the environment, such as sun damage (“sun spots”). Furthermore, fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing treatments can also treat other problems such as scarring and irregularities in the texture of the skin.
The benefits of CO2 laser skin resurfacing aren’t just limited to correcting problems. This kind of treatment can also enhance the overall appeal of the skin. Let’s explore how this technology works and how it might benefit you.
How Does Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Correct Skin Problems?
A fractional CO2 laser skin-resurfacing treatment works by using specialized equipment that, when handled by a certified, professional medical practitioner, will apply a laser to targeted areas of the skin. The upper layers of the skin are removed with the laser, which presents the lower layers of the skin. While this does require some degree of recovery time for the patient—as the new skin will often be red, sore, and sensitive—after the healing process is complete, the new skin will have a far more youthful and vibrant appearance—often appearing to “magically” shave years off of the areas of the body where the treatment was applied.
This kind of treatment can be applied to the face, neck, hands, chest, and potentially other areas of the body that need to be enhanced or corrected based on the discretion of the medical practitioner administering the treatment. In most cases, patients want to have sun spots or age spots removed from the faces and hands and to reduce the amount of visible lines, wrinkles, and creases in these areas as well.
Is the Recovery Period Painful?
Generally speaking, the recovery period for fractional laser skin-resurfacing treatments are considered to be only marginally painful. This is because the new skin will be sensitive to light and abrasion. Therefore, for a week or two after the procedure, the patient will be advised to avoid direct exposure to sunlight; to wear loose-fitting, soft, clean clothing; and to wash themselves carefully while in the shower or bath. Once the healing process is complete, the benefits of the treatment will become more readily visible—more youthful, soft, and vibrant skin. Furthermore, any skin issues that were present before, such as sun or age spots, will be substantially reduced or abated entirely.
Am I a Candidate for Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing?
If the problems and benefits discussed sound like they might apply to you, then yes, you might be a candidate for this common and popular skin treatment. To learn more, please contact the offices of Dr. Cory Torgerson, an award-winning plastic surgeon with a laser treatment facility right in Toronto. Dial (647) 343-0207 now to schedule a consultation and have all your questions answered.