CO2 laser work by delivering focused columns of strong heat energy into the skin. The laser quickly superheats water molecules in the skin tissue. When the water in the skin turns into gas, the skin cells vaporize. This effect promotes collagen formation and retraction of the dermis and epidermis to tighten the skin.
Over the course of three to seven days, the skin self-exfoliates to expose fresh, new skin with improved tone and texture. In just a few weeks, you’ll be fully healed with brighter, more youthful looking skin. Collagen production will increase over time for gradual, ongoing improvements.
CO2 lasers can be used all over the face and body.
CO2 laser resurfacing introduced in the mid 1990’s and changed the landscape of aesthetic medicine overnight.
The initial lasers were continuous waves with very little control and delivered less than stellar results with many adverse effects compared to modern day resurfacing.
The next generation offered much more control to deliver better results with significantly reduced downtime and adverse events.
Ablative fractional lasers remove small columns of epidermal and dermal tissues, which then regenerate into brand new tissue required long downtime.
Non-ablative fractional lasers create microscopic zones of tissue injury, which become remodeled. It does not remove tissue like an ablative laser does. It requires lower downtime and might need more than one treatment to achieve the desired results.
The SmartSkin C02 laser has a wavelength of 10,600 nm and delivers laser pulses to the skin. Each laser pulse creates a micro-zone of ablation in the epidermis, and the number of pulses in each given area can be carefully controlled.
Adjusting the spacing of the laser pulses allows us to leave some of the skin surface untouched, leading to faster healing and less downtime. We also control the timing and power level of the pulses, allowing for aggressive procedure outcomes.