Edge Fractional CO2
Laser skin resurfacing has not actually been around that long, but in that time it has been used as a cosmetic improvement tool it has rapidly advanced in its skill level.
Today's CO2 fractional laser is an example of one of the tools on the cutting edge of technology. It can be used to treat acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines without the need for sedation as other lasers may require. Since co2 fractional laser use began in 1995 it has been considered the gold standard for non surgical cosmetic procedures.
The CO2 fractional laser is also known as the carbon dioxide laser and it works by removing the outer layers of skin with bursts of light from the laser. The procedure can last just a few minutes or up to an hour and a half depending on the client's needs. This can be done as an out patient procedure in either the hospital or the plastic surgeon's own surgical center. The down time after the procedure is about a week and your face basically just looks like you are recovering from a sunburn. During this period of time the outer layer of skin peels and flakes off. The good news is once your skin heals the new skin looks remarkably younger and smoother.
- Skin Rejuvenation
- Skin Resurfacing
- Skin Laxity
- Photo-Aging Skin
- Nevus, Corns, Warts
We do combine Fractional CO2 laser plus Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) to get a better outcome for acne scar reduction. Please have a look over the clinical article below for evidence-based result.
What's the different between Fractional CO2 only acne scars treatment VS Fractional CO2 Plus Platelet Rich Plasma(PRP)?
2 times of treatment, 4 months later, that's the final result
Fractional laser skin treatments create areas of treated tissue surrounded by untreated, healthy tissue. Some fractional skin treatments create narrow, deep columns that extend through the epidermis into the dermis through an array of intense laser energy microbeams. The body's natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the columns of affected tissue improving the skin condition being treated.
Non-ablative treatments coagulate epidermal and dermal tissue without removing tissue, and the body's natural healing process then removes and replaces this coagulated tissue with healthy, new tissue. Ablative treatments vaporize and remove epidermal and dermal tissue completely, allowing new, healthy tissue to fill in.
Downtime refers to the period of time following a laser treatment where patients may choose not to appear in public while their skin is still red or swollen. For fractional non-ablative treatments, there is little to no downtime following the treatment, patients can resume normal activities immediately. For fractional ablative treatments, downtime may be as short as 4 days as compared to traditional full-surface ablative treatments which can result in weeks to months of downtime.
Fractional laser skin treatments have three significant benefits as compared to traditional laser skin treatments:
Increased Comfort The fractional array of microbeams does not cause bulk damage as traditional ablative treatments do but instead cause small areas of damage each surrounded by undamaged tissue. As a result, fractional treatments are a much gentler laser treatment.
Increased Safety Following a fractional ablative procedure, each tiny fractional column re-epithelializes (i.e., regrows the missing tissue and closes over) typically within one day. This minimizes the risk of scarring, infection, or long-term pigmentation changes.
Decreased Downtime Depending on the type of procedure, most fractional patients can return to normal daily activities almost immediately (for fractional non-ablative treatments) or typically within 4 days (for fractional ablative treatments).
The number of treatments necessary will depend on the condition being treated, and if it is an ablative or non-ablative procedure. It may take four or five non-ablative treatments to achieve the desired results, where most desired results can be realized in a single ablative treatment. Patients should consider how quick they would like to see results and how much downtime they are willing to experience when deciding on what type of treatments to have.
Immediately following the treatment, skin may be mildly red (erythema) and swollen (edema). These effects are normal, and indicate a successful treatment. Any swelling typically subsides within a day, and most redness dissipates within a few days.
Other side effects may include discharge, crusting or scaling, and milia , these too typically resolve within one week.
With a fractional non-ablative treatment, there's little to no downtime - most patients may resume their daily activities immediately. For fractional ablative treatments, depending on the level of treatment provided, patients may be able to apply make-up and resume their normal schedule and activities within seven days.