What is a Fractional CO2 Laser?

Deka DOT fractional CO2 laser treatment at Dilworth Dermatology and Laser is effective in treating scarring, unwanted lines, wrinkles, minuses pores, in addition to evening out the texture and tone of your skin, resulting in a rejuvenation effect.
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Nurse at Dilworth Dermatology uses a fractional laser on a patient

Deka DOT fractional CO2 laser treatment is customized to your specific needs and concerns. The process can be effective in treating scarring, unwanted lines, wrinkles, minuses pores, in addition to evening out the texture and tone of your skin, resulting in a rejuvenation effect. 

Fractional CO2 Laser 

Fractional CO2 lasers are used by either dermatologists or physicians for patients looking to minimize the appearance of acne scars, fine lines, and similar concerns. 

The laser removes the outer layers of damaged skin using carbon-dioxide. The laser’s ability to remove the outer layers of damaged skin makes the procedure very capable of treating a wide range of skin problems on the face, neck, hands, arms, and other areas of the body. 

Individuals who suffer from non-responsive skin after a facelift can also benefit from Fractional CO2 laser treatment. 

How Does a Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment Work?

The dermatologist or nurse may apply an anesthetic to the skin’s affected area an hour before undergoing the procedure. Once treatment begins, the laser will emit short pulses of light energy in a continuous blast scanning the problem areas and removing the outer layers of damaged skin. 

After the dead skin cells are removed, your body’s natural healing process will boost collagen production— ideally replacing the old damaged cells with new healthy skin. 

Most patients report minimal pain, describing the sensation during the procedure as a slight prickling if any; the applied local anesthetic typically means a painless treatment. 

Because of the fractional nature of the laser, the healthy tissue found between the microthermal zones deep in your skin will start the healing process quickly. 

Most patients will have a recovery window of a week or less. Fractional CO2 laser treatment introduces heat into the skin, so redness or swelling is expected and very common. Some may experience mild discomfort or scabbing, and most side effects resolve within a few days. 

You should always apply sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV rays and continue to use gentle cleansers or moisturizers twice daily. Avoid all harsh topical products, and limit cosmetic makeup as much as possible. 

Treatments can be performed at four to six-week intervals. Depending on your skin issues’ type and severity, you can see results from as little as a single session. Hyperpigmentation can be minimized quickly; eliminating acne scarring or fine lines may take longer to show results. 

What to Consider Before Undergoing Fraction CO2 Laser Treatment

Treating acne-related scars is a common use for the fractional CO2 laser procedure. If you seek out laser treatment for any type of scarring, always consult with your dermatologist and review the ADD’s recommended concerns for laser scar treatment. 

Your dermatologist will determine if you are a qualified candidate for fractional CO2 treatment. Once defined as a suitable candidate, work closely with your doctor to ensure all proper care is taken before and after the procedure to minimize any adverse side effects. 

Proper post-care can dramatically reduce the chance of rare or severe reactions, including prolonged redness (erythema), post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and bacterial infection.