How Fractional Lasers Work
Per its namesake, fractional lasers only treat a fraction of the skin at a time with laser beams but treatment can have an effect on the whole skin. Essentially, the laser creates millions of tiny holes in the skin – vaporizing what it comes in contact with and creating columns into the skin. The minute damage or “wounds” created by the laser force the body to heal with new and healthy skin, after eradicating any previous pigmented or lax skin. The depth of laser penetration determines what is being treated.
How CO2RE Differs
Almost every medical spa offers a fractional resurfacing procedure – Fraxel, ActiveFX and ProFractional to name a few – but the CO2RE differs by using two types of laser beams that penetrate to different depths – simultaneously. The CO2RE has up to 7 treatment modes to treat a variety of skin issues. The CO2RE offers less discomfort and dramatic results after just one session.
What is CO2RE?
CO2RE is a versatile fractional laser system that enables us to precisely target and effectively treat the skin’s surface, middle and deep dermal levels in addition to performing traditional CO2 resurfacing. The treatment is lighter, faster and offers more versatility for skin resurfacing when compared to traditional ablation. CO2RE has the ability to treat both superficial and deep layers of skin simultaneously while providing us with maximum precision and control when it comes to the intensity of treatment, pattern and depth of ablation. With CO2RE laser skin resurfacing treatment, patients experience improvement in:
Skin tone and texture
Fine lines and wrinkles
How do I know if CO2RE treatments are right for me?
Ideal candidates for CO2RE are in their 30s or older with skin damage caused by exposure to the sun, aging, discoloration and other skin imperfections. It is ideal for anyone seeking younger-looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional resurfacing procedures.
What is the CO2RE procedure like?
You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied prior to the procedure typically makes any discomfort very tolerable. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.
Is CO2RE safe?
Yes. Because the laser is a digital super pulse laser, the energies and treatment outcomes are very predictable. We will talk to you about your medical and skin history to minimize the potential for any negative reactions.
How many CO2RE treatments will I need?
Generally, you will achieve significant improvement after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment, your skin will gradually look softer and smoother. Age spots and uneven skin texture will start to show immediate improvement. For severely wrinkled skin and acne scars, multiple treatments are usually required. Multiple treatments are always required for scar revisions.
How long will the results last?
The durability of CO2RE results approaches that of surgical procedures. However, there are a number of variables that will determine how long you can expect the results to last, including your health, age and how well you care for your skin. We will be happy to provide you with useful skin care tips to make your results last as long as possible.
What can I expect after my procedure?
Immediately following the procedure, you can expect a sensation similar to sunburn, which may last for several hours. In the days following treatment, you will experience peeling of dead skin from the treatment area. This is a natural exfoliation process and may last seven to ten days. Do I need to take any special precautions after treatment? Dr. Kucerova may recommend an antiviral medication and/or an antibiotic in the days following treatment. Use of moisturizer (Aquaphor) and sunscreen (we will help you choose the appropriate product) is recommended during the healing process and for the weeks and months following treatment.
How much do treatments cost?
Cost depends on the area being treated, the condition being treated and the aggressiveness of the treatments themselves. After a throughout consultation, we will create a treatment plan to meet your personal needs.