CO2 Fractional Laser: How it Works, Downtime & Price

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What is Co2 Fractional Laser?

CO2 Fractional Laser is a type of laser technology that is used to target specific areas of skin while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue untouched.

During the procedure, intense light energy is passed through micropulses and beams which create deep pinpointed penetrations in your skin, resulting in shorter recovery times than traditional laser treatments.

The laser encourages cellular growth and spread which supports new collagen and elastin, leading to smoother skin.

How Does it Work?

The CO2 fractional laser works in two stages.

First, the targeted area is pre-cooled to ensure that the skin is comfortable and not affected by the heat of the laser.

Then, light energy from laser beams is directed into your skin in an overlapping pattern creating a gridlike matrix of crosshatch ablation on a microscopic level.

This creates pinpoint penetrations deep in the dermis which allows for faster healing than other treatments because only small amounts of tissue are removed. These tiny slit-like openings then encourage collagen growth and spread which stimulates regeneration of new healthy skin cells.

What CO2 Fractional Laser is Used For?

  • Acne scars
  • benign growths (milia, seborrhoeic keratosis, skin tag, syringoma, warts, mole)
  • large pores
  • deep wrinkles
  • birthmarks

Benefits of CO2 Fractional Laser

The CO2 fractional laser treatment provides a range of benefits. It has been proven to reduce scars from acne or injury, soften fine lines and wrinkles, smooth out skin texture, remove age spots and help with sun damage and other pigmentation issues.

In addition, the tiny punctures created by the laser will increase the levels of collagen in your skin giving it a firmer and more youthful appearance. This treatment also causes less discomfort than traditional lasers making it ideal for those with sensitive skin or who cannot use harsh chemical treatments.

Side Effects of CO2 Fractional Laser

  • milia, acne, rosacea
  • prolonged redness, delayed in wound healing
  • infection, scarring
  • transient post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • delayed hypopigmentation

Downtime / Recovery

After CO2 laser treatment, there will be temporary redness just like sunburn and scab will start to form. The whole healing process  can last up to 1-2 weeks depends on the setting that was used by the doctor to treat different skin condition. New skin will starts to form around 2 week post CO2 laser treatment.

During this recovery period, it is important to keep your skin well-hydrated, avoid scratching on the scab and protect your skin from ultraviolet (UV) rays exposure in order to optimise the healing process.

Before & After

co2 fractional laser before after

How Much Does it Cost?

The cost of the CO2 fractional laser procedure may vary depending on the size and severity of the treatment area.

CO2 Laser vs Pico Laser

CO2 is an ablative laser which can help resurface the skin whereas Picosure Laser is a high speed laser that targets black colored pigments effectively. Both lasers can also help to stimulate collagen and improve skin texture.

Final Words

CO2 laser is very effective for burning off unwanted bumps on skin and help improve acne scars.

If you are keen for this treatment, do contact us and we shall be able to customize treatments accordingly to your needs.

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