CO2 Laser Treatments
The skin is changed by many different factors. Acne can scar the skin, leaving behind icepick indents and discoloration. Skin ages, losing elasticity and changing in texture. Fine lines and wrinkles appear, contributing to an older looking face. CO2 laser treatments offer a one-time cosmetic dermatology treatment to improve the overall appearance of the skin, eliminating acne scars, smoothing fine lines and enhancing a youthful skin tone. Our dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers fractional CO2 laser treatments for patients at our medical clinic in Manhattan.
CO2 laser treatments use light energy to help resurface and improve the beauty of the skin. Renowned skin expert Dr. Morgan Rabach, our board certified dermatologist, and the rest of our skin care team utilize CO2 laser treatments to rejuvenate and revitalize the skin. A one-time CO2 laser treatment can help smooth and fade acne scarring or erase the first signs of aging by inducing collagen production. Our team uses our CO2 laser to offer skin rejuvenation for patients of all skin types and ages.
What is the fractional CO2 laser used to treat?
A fractional CO2 laser treatment addresses the entire face. Specifically, it aims to target the loose skin and fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips. Additional improvements are made to skin tone, color and texture.
How long after the procedure will it take to see results?
Patients will begin to see improvements after the initial healing phase, which takes about five days. Improvements will continue for about three months, which is the amount of time it takes for collagen to build up within the skin.
What makes fractional CO2 laser different from traditional CO2 laser treatment?
The fractional CO2 laser is a one-time treatment with a shorter recovery process because the beam formed within the laser is fractionated, thereby only treating a fraction of the skin. Because of this difference, the laser leaves behind healthy and intact skin bridges in-between the treated areas.
How long do the results last?
The results of CO2 laser treatments are permanent.
How many treatments are needed?
A majority of patients will only need one treatment, which is a huge advantage compared to older fractional treatments that require multiple iterations.
Where is the procedure performed?
This procedure is performed in-office and lasts anywhere from 30-50 minutes.
What kind of anesthesia is used for this procedure?
Because the CO2 laser is an ablative laser to target the deepest layers of the skin in order to stimulate collagen production, a topical cream will be used.
Will there be associated pain after the procedure?
There is no associated pain with this procedure; however, patients often experience similar symptoms of a sunburn post procedure.
Will the laser treat acne scars?
Fractional CO2 lasers are an ideal tool for combating acne scarring.
Is it safe for all skin types and colors?
Fractional CO2 is safe for all skin types and colors.
Are all fractional CO2 laser treatments the same?
Because all laser manufacturers have different associated properties, they all differ in energy profiles, and therefore the technique in application will vary. It is important to understand that not all laser treatments will achieve the same results. Because of this fact, patients should address their specific goals prior to their procedure to achieve their desired results.
Do fractional CO2 lasers help with redness of the skin or red spots?
Fractional CO2 lasers do not have the wavelength strength to treat redness, which is often caused by small blood vessels on the surface of the skin. Other lasers would be more appropriate for treating this concern.
Can this be combined with any other procedures?
The CO2 laser can be combined with other surgical procedures, such as a facelift and rhinoplasty.
Are you interested in learning more about CO2 laser treatments for skin resurfacing, wrinkle treatment or to fade acne scarring? Contact us at LM Medical NYC to schedule a laser skin consultation at our facility in Greenwich Village.