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What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

A highly effective way to reduce wrinkles, scars and other imperfections, laser resurfacing in general involves removing the damaged outer layer of the skin. In this way, it promotes collagen production and encourages the skin to replenish itself from the inside out, revealing a smooth and blemish-free appearance. The earliest forms of laser resurfacing were very effective – but they caused a lot of damage to the skin. After undergoing traditional laser resurfacing, individuals had to face significant downtime and discomfort before their new complexion could emerge.

With the Fractional CO2 laser, all of the benefits of traditional laser resurfacing remain – without the downsides. It’s a much gentler way to rejuvenate the skin and achieve a more beautiful appearance. Though you will still experience some redness while you heal, the Fractional CO2 laser ensures a substantially quicker and more comfortable recovery period.

Cosmetic Issues Treated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

At our med spa in Redondo Beach, we routinely use the Fractional CO2 laser to treat the following cosmetic conditions on the face, neck, chest and hands:

ULTRApulse Alpha by Lumenis: Wow Results in Just One Treatment

ULTRApulse® Alpha is the Alpha of skin care lasers. The innovative laser can penetrate deeper than any aesthetic CO2 laser, providing enhanced comfort and exceptional results. Some of its many benefits include the following:

  • Precision scar revision
  • CO2 ablative technologies resurface the skin for a high rate of improvement for skin damage and skin tone with minimal downtime
  • Ablative skin resurfacing procedures use lasers to reduce the signs of aging, improve skin texture, laxity, and tone, and reduce scars and stretch marks
  • A complete laser blepharoplasty solution that combines an incisional solution with complementary eyelid resurfacing
  • Laser-assisted incisions reduce bleeding and post-surgery bruising
  • Dramatically decreased acne scars
  • Repaired damaged skin
  • Improved skin tone
  • Unique pulse technologies
  • Tailored treatment modes

What to Expect During the Procedure

To begin your procedure, we will first apply a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the entire treatment. From there, you will be given protective eyewear to guard your eyes from the light of the laser. We will then apply the Fractional CO2 laser to the areas being treated, removing damaged skin cells and promoting the growth of collagen beneath the surface. Depending on the size of the area being treated, you can expect your procedure to take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours.

What to Expect During Your Recovery

Your recovery period is a vital part of your Fractional CO2 laser procedure, because it’s when your body heals itself and creates a brand new, glowing layer of skin. You can expect the recovery period to last approximately two weeks, during which time you will experience redness and flakiness in the treatment area. This is completely normal, and is in fact how your body heals itself after the procedure to deliver a rejuvenated appearance.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

At Marcus Medical, we’re committed to personalized care, and we only administer treatments if it’s truly in the client’s best interest. As such, we determine candidacy for all of our procedures on an individual basis, following a thorough discussion of your cosmetic goals, concerns and desires.

With that said, Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is an extremely versatile procedure that can help a wide range of individuals to accomplish their cosmetic goals. Whether you’re in your 30s and are just beginning to see fine lines, or in your 60s and experiencing deep wrinkles and sagging skin, this treatment can combat the signs of aging that concern you most. And, unlike other laser treatments, it can also be used safely on individuals of all skin types and colors.

Please note that while these guidelines can provide you with an idea of who may benefit from this procedure, the only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for among the best Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing Manhattan Beach has available is to schedule a consultation today.

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