Carbon dioxide lasers, also known as CO2 fractional laser therapy, are one of the latest breakthroughs in anti-ageing technology. They have long been recognised as one of the most effective treatments for wrinkles, but by adapting the method of application, it has been discovered that this excellent technology could be further improved.
Fractional treatments, widely used throughout conventional medicine, supply only part of the dose at each given treatment, which has the advantage of greatly reducing the side effects and any damage to other areas of the body. The CO2 fractional laser therapy is considered to be a skin resurfacing treatment, and it does this by encouraging the growth of collagen underneath the skin. The majority of skin treatments involve the removal of the top layer of dead cells, revealing the newer skin below. CO2 lasers are able to stimulate the production of collagen, which is one of the most important structural proteins, plumping up the tissue and firming the skin. This new method of using the carbon dioxide laser means that this process can be carried out without causing any damage to the skin.
The effects of CO2 fractional laser therapy are long term, lasting up to two years, which sets it aside from many other methods of skin rejuvenation and wrinkle treatment. The side effects for this new method are greatly reduced – you are most likely to experience mild swelling and redness, which should resolve within a few days. Patients with dark skin are, however, at risk of depigmentation due to the laser.
*Individual results may vary