The fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is used on the skin to promote cellular rejuvenation. This property is due to the affinity of the laser for water on our skin and its use allows its vaporization with consequent healing, which leads to a stimulus to the production of collagen, reducing traumatic or surgical scars, stretch marks and skin blemishes. The procedure is simple and can be performed in the office of the plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Generally, 3 sessions are required at intervals of 30 days between them and the result is a renewed, firmer and younger skin, with the reduction of blemishes and expression marks. - Common questions

What is CO2 fractional laser?

The fractional laser is a laser composed of carbon dioxide, which has a great affinity for the water molecules present in the skin. It acts by heating these water molecules causing their vaporization, and this causes a space of regeneration of that skin that retracts quickly, causing a reorganization of the vaporized tissue that ends in the retraction of the flabby skin.

What are the main indications for the use of fractional CO2 laser?

The main indications for the use of CO2 fractional laser are mainly, treatment of acne scars (one of its best indications), treatment of enlarged pores, attenuation of skin blemishes, skin rejuvenation, white and red stretch marks, whitening of dark circles. and treatment of fine wrinkles in the perioral region and crow's feet.

How is the fractional laser procedure?

It is a procedure that can be performed in the office of the plastic surgeon or dermatologist, using a topical anesthetic cream, relatively quick (45 minutes approximately). It takes 3 sessions to achieve the expected result in an interval of 4 weeks (1 month). The definitive result occurs 4 to 6 months after the procedure.

How does the skin look after the application of the fractional laser?

In the first days after the procedure, the treated skin may be pink or red and swollen (swollen) in some regions, especially in places where the skin is thinner, such as around the eyes. Between the second and third days, the formation of a small crust occurs that is easily released and will be eliminated. The skin returns to normal at the end of the first week.

What special care should I take after applying the fractional laser?

The main precautions after the application of the fractional laser are, avoid exposure to the sun in the first 15 days after the procedure to avoid the appearance of spots on the face, the use of cold compresses two hours after the procedure helps to relieve the burning and discomfort, common in this period. Hydration of the skin with creams and protection with sunscreens against UVA and UVB in the treated areas.

What are the main contraindications for the use of the laser?

The main contraindications to laser use are, pregnancy, patients using isotretinoin, active herpes, patients being treated with immunosuppressants such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, patients with light sensitivity, such as patients with lupus or pemphigus, and finally patients with pigmented lesion. suspected as suspicious pints and nevus.