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Why is CO2 laser more expensive than AFT laser?

These two laser treatments are like comparing oranges to apples

Although both fall under the umbrella of laser skin resurfacing, they both use different methods of laser and target different layers of the skin. Whatever objective is desired determines which type of laser should be applied. It would be safe to say that the AFT laser treatment is a lightweight procedure, whereas a CO2 laser treatment is the heavyweight procedure.

Both of these skin-resurfacing options are available at the facial cosmetic laser centre operated by Dr. Cory Torgerson in downtown Toronto. A consultation with the experts at the laser clinic would be the best way to determine which of these skin resurfacing options would target your areas of concern and produce optimum results.

CO2 Laser vs AFT Laser

Laser Treatment Differences

AFT, advance fluorescence technology, uses low-energy light with many wavelengths to evenly distribute heat deep into underlying skin tissues. This laser treatment leaves the top layer of skin, the epidermis, untouched. The effect of the heat causes the naturally-occurring collagen to reactivate and begin building again. Because the top layer of skin is untouched, there may be some pink discoloration for a day or two, but no downtime is really necessary. AFT laser can be administered with the use of a topical numbing agent and Tylenol.

CO2 laser technology uses a high-energy, ultra-pulse CO2 beam to heat the epidermis to a temperature of approximately 100 degrees Celsius. This intense heat vaporizes the old and damaged outer skin and causes the new layer of skin to tighten as it heals. The heat induces collagen production as well. Five to seven days of downtime is usually required, because the new skin requires special care and the intense laser results in sensitive red skin that will crust over before falling off. CO2 laser requires conscious sedation to ensure that patients are absolutely comfortable throughout the treatment.

Determine Whether Aft Laser Or Co2 Laser Would Benefit You The Most

Gold Standard

AFT laser is excellent for treating minimal wrinkles, spider veins, shallow acne scars, age spots, and uneven pigmentation, whereas CO2 laser is able to produce amazing results with deep wrinkles, deep acne scars, sun-damaged skin, and hypopigmentation or unevenly textured skin. Although results will be noticed after 1 session of the AFT laser, it may be necessary to schedule 2 or 3 sessions four weeks apart before achieving the desired result. Annual maintenance is usually recommended. CO2 laser is accomplished in 1 session, with the results lasting for over a year.

The cost for AFT laser is much less per session than the CO2 laser cost for a full face and neck treatment. CO2 laser is considered the “gold standard” by professionals and is touted as the top development of the decade in laser cosmetic surgery. Although it is the most expensive procedure, its benefits are untouched by any other facial laser treatment. CO2 laser is effective for almost all facial resurfacing needs except for people with darker skin.

An appointment with the experts at Dr. Torgerson’s laser centre will enable you to determine whether AFT laser or CO2 laser would benefit your skincare needs the most.

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