Fraxel CO2 Laser
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FRAXEL CO2 LASER | BEFORE & AFTERS
WHAT IS CO2RE® LASER?
CO2RE® Laser is an amazing treatment that is a versatile fractional CO2 technology that helps remove years off your appearance that is fast with minimal downtime. (1) With age, our skin gets older and more damaged. Therefore, many women and men are turning to this revolutionary treatment in order to rejuvenate their skin.
Imagine having one system designed for numerous procedures that require excision, incision, ablation, coagulation, and resurfacing of soft tissue. This integrated laser can perform both fractional and resurfacing treatments customized based on the patient’s need. Treating a fraction of the skin at a time without affecting surrounding tissue, it creates precise microscopic wounds. (4) These laser columns stimulate the production of younger, smoother, evenly toned, healthier skin to replace damaged tissue.
WHAT TECHNOLOGY IS USED FOR CO2RE® LASER?
CO2RE® from Candela is a versatile non-surgical fractional CO2 system featuring a 10,600nm wavelength (a technology where thousands of microscopic laser columns – each just one-tenth the diameter of a hair follicle) that provides precision when targeting and effectively treating the skin’s surface, middle, and deep dermal levels. This versatile laser offers a wide range of treatment intensities to treat everything from a dull complexion to advanced signs of aging.
IS CO2RE® LASER RIGHT FOR ME?
The best candidates for CO2RE® laser skin resurfacing tend to be people who have one of the following:
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles.
- Sun damaged skin including age spots.
- Baggy eyes.
- Surgical, burn and acne scars.
- Uneven skin tone and textural concerns.
- Skin tags.
- Sebaceous hyperplasia.
It does not only have to be used on the face, some patients get treated on the hands, neck, and shoulders. Each treatment replaces about 15-20% of the sun damaged, scarred or wrinkled skin. It triggers the body’s natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE REQUIRED?
Typically one CO2RE® laser treatment is recommended. However, occasionally in an area that cannot be treated aggressively, additional treatments might be required. Examples can be patients with more advanced signs of aging, such as deeper wrinkles, or severe skin laxity, two or three treatments may be required to achieve the best result.
HOW MUCH DOES CO2RE LASER COST?
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENT
Patients that are undergoing treatment with the CO2RE® Laser should be sure to:
- Hydrate sufficiently (64 fluid ounces daily for one week prior to treatment)
- Avoid alcohol for 7 days prior to the procedure to decrease the risk of bruising.
- Avoid NSAIDs for 14 days prior to treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores, please inform Dr. Dima as you may need to be pretreated with an antiviral medication.
- Discontinue topical retinoids or other skin irritants for a minimum of 3-5 days prior to treatment.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure and use SPF 30+.
- Avoid using alcohol-based cleansers as this removes moisture from your skin
Immediately after treatment, most patients will experience a clinical endpoint of erythema (redness) for 1-3 days, however for more aggressive treatments, this may last longer. Slight to moderate edema (swelling) and mild to moderate sunburn sensation are also common post-treatment and may last 1- 3 days. After the second day, the skin will appear as an exaggerated tan. Skin will begin to flake at 5- 7 days for the chest: and 10- 14 days for the hands.
IS CO2RE® SAFE?
Yes, the CO2RE laser has received FDA clearance. Dr. Dima Ali will review your medical and skin history during the consultation to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure.
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