How does the Fractional CO2 laser work?
The CO2 fractional laser pokes tiny microscopic holes in the skin down past the
epidermis and into the dermis. These holes cause new collagen to be generated which
fills in the acne scars and creates rejuvenated smoother skin.
Most patients start to notice improvements in their skin as early as 1 week after
the treatment. Continued improvements occur for the next 6 months and peak at around
month 6. Most patients notice between 50-70% improvement of the condition treated.
However, results vary by individual.
What causes acne scars?
When the body has a vigorous response, almost inappropriately strong, to acne bacteria,
this can lead to inflammation. Intense inflammation over time cause scarring. Some
people are more prone to scarring than others. Some patients with intense inflammation
can end up with significant disfiguring scars. The types of acne scars
What is the best treatment for acne scars?
The most safe and effective treatment for the majority of patients with acne scars
is the Fractional CO2 Laser.It is a new and works by resurfacing only a “fraction”
of the skin at a time, leaving the surrounding area intact for faster healing. It
reduces side effects and give the ability to treat all skin types.
What is the downtime for this laser treatment?
The fractional CO2 laser causes a wound in the skin means you will have 3 to 4 days
of downtime. During that time you have to apply an ointment frequently to your face
to keep skin greasy.
What type of anesthesia is used during the procedure?
The whole procedure is done under local or topical anesthesia. You are awake and
comfortable the entire time. Prior to the procedure, topical numbing cream is applied
for 60-90 minutes. In addition, valium is given prior to the procedure to facilitate
relaxation. Using these measures there is usually minimal discomfort during the