Face and Neck Surgery

Skin Rejuvenation with the Fractional CO2 Laser

We are pleased to introduce an exciting new advance in skin rejuvenation to our Phoenix area cosmetic surgery practice: the fractional CO2 laser.

Cosmetic surgeons have been using the CO2 laser for more than a decade to rejuvenate the skin of the face. CO2 lasers work by vaporizing the outer layer of the skin in a controlled manner, a process known as ablation. As the skin heals from being ablated, new collagen production within the skin is stimulated. It is this new collagen that is responsible for the reduction of wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots, and the overall improvement in the texture and tone of the skin. Although the older CO2 lasers were remarkably effective at skin rejuvenation, recovery time from then was often long and difficult. Additionally, undesirable complications with the older lasers were all too frequent.