Am I required to do anything special to my skin after a fractional CO2 laser treatment?
Postoperative care is quite simple: the skin is kept lubricated with Vaseline until it starts to peel, and cleaned frequently with water while it peels. After the skin has peeled, an over-the-counter moisturizer and sunscreen are applied to protect the new skin.
How long before I can go out in public?
For the first few days after the surgery, it will look like you have a sunburn, however you are not restricted to home and can certainly go out during this short time period. You will be entirely presentable after the peeling is complete, usually within three to five days. Any residual redness can be covered with make-up.
Is one treatment sufficient or do I have to have more than one?
A single fractional CO2 laser treatment will substantially improve your skin. However, if you have very deep wrinkles, marked unevenness of skin tones, and many dark spots, a second treatment four to six months later may be desirable.
Can a fractional CO2 treatment be combined with other procedures?
Yes, easily. A fractional CO2 treatment is so quick to perform, so well tolerated and has so short a recovery time, it can be readily combined with most other facial cosmetic procedures such as Cool Lipo necklift, facelift, eyelid surgery, chin and cheek implants and many more. In fact, the combination of a Cool Lipo necklift with a fractional CO2 treatment can often be a cost-saving substitute for a traditional facelift.
Can this treatment be used on people of color?
All skin colors can be treated with the fractional CO2 laser. We usually pretreat our patients with darker skin tones with special creams for several weeks prior to a treatment to prevent any potential darkening of their skin after a fractional CO2 treatment.
I have heard that there are many different fractional CO2 lasers. Is any one better than another? What fractional CO2 laser do you use?
While there are many different companies producing fractional CO2 lasers such as the Fraxel, MiXto, Active FX, SmartXide DOT, etc., they all do essentially the same thing yielding similar results. We use the new Pixel Fractional CO2 Laser made by Alma Lasers and are very happy with the results to date. You will be too.
Is a fractional CO2 laser treatment expensive?
Not at all! We have deliberately kept the price of a fractional CO2 treatment very affordable. We want as many of our patients as possible to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful advance in skin rejuvenation.