Introduced in 2008, the fractional laser is an improvement over earlier ablative lasers, which tend to leave marked colouring differences between treated and untreated skin areas. This new generation of fractional laser allows for targeting deep beneath the skin, while ensuring that the unaffected tissues are left intact. Although it is more intense than non-ablative lasers, it yields more significant results with a faster healing process. With collagen stimulation beneath the skin, there is almost immediate improvement of fine lines, skin pigmentation, pore sizes and even skin tightening.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Adults with mild to moderate wrinkles in specific facial areas, such as around the eyes or mouth, are considered good candidates for fractional laser resurfacing. Other candidates for this treatment include patients with scars from burns, surgery or acne, as well as those with sun-damaged skin, mottled skin, or skin pigmentation problems.
Skin resurfacing revitalises the damaged upper layers of skin by allowing the cells underneath these layers to regenerate. It works by progressively stimulating collagen production to enhance the regeneration of new skin cells, with the aim of attaining firmer, clearer and more youthful skin.
This treatment is used to deliver effective outcomes for a wide variety of beauty concerns.
During consultation, do provide your doctor with any pertinent information on your medical history, pre-existing medical and health conditions, and medication and/or supplements you are currently consuming. A standard treatment is usually completed in less than 20 minutes. The procedure begins with the application of a topical numbing cream (anaesthetic) on the treatment area, so as to minimise any pain or discomfort.
Patients who have undergone co2 fractional skin treatment have shared significant results often after a single treatment.
Within days of treatment, new skin starts regenerating, replacing the older, damaged parts of the skin. The skin appears clearer, smoother and more supple than before. You will continue to see improvement in your skin’s texture and laxity for up to nine months. With proper maintenance and follow-up treatments after 6 months, results can be even longer lasting.
As only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated, downtime is kept to a minimum. Skin dryness and peeling are commonly experienced after treatment, but these symptoms will be resolved in about 3 to 5 days’ time. The skin colour and texture of treatment area will then visibly improve with discolouration eliminated and skin texture smoothened thereafter.
During the healing process, you will notice some swelling and redness for a few days. Depending on the intensity of your treatment, the redness may last several weeks.
You will be given specific instructions on the proper maintenance of the treatment areas, and your doctor can also suggest products to cover any redness so that you can quickly resume your normal daily activities.