Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is the gold-standard in skin resurfacing.  It is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, improve the texture and coloration of the skin, and tighten the skin.  The term “fractional” means that tiny columns of skin are vaporized, while the surrounding skin is left undamaged and helps to speed healing time.  The laser can be tuned to the individual patient.  That means that if patients cannot handle much downtime, more mild settings can be chosen.  Alternatively, aggressive treatments can be performed to maximize results.

We chose the Fraxis Duo CO2 laser which uses the most advanced computer patern generator to deliver precise and fast treatments.  The Fractional CO2 laser also known as a “dot laser” sends thousands of microbeams of laser into the skin, vaporizing damaged skin and coagulating adjacent skin.  The coagulation leads to tissue tightening, which is often visible instantly.

How much does the procedure cost?

The entire face may be treated, or just a portion of the face may be treated.  The price varies depending ontreatment location.  Call 563-588-0506 for more information

What is necessary before the procedure?

It is very important to have an in-depth consultaiton with Dr. Givens ahead of the treatment.  Dr. Givens will listen to your goals, and help to design a customized treatment to maximize results.  Oftentimes, we treat a patient with antiviral medication to prevent cold-sore outbreaks during the recovery period.  Additionally, we often pre-treat the skin with a retinol and hydroquinone to minimize chances of postoperative side effects

How long does fractional CO2 laser resurfacing take?

Numbing cream may be applied for 30-60 minutes ahead of the procedure, but the actual laser procedure will take only 10-15 minutes.

Is it painful?

No!  Topical numbing cream and a forced-air chiller makes the treatment nearly painless.

What are the risks?

A common side effect of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is PIH or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  This means that the skin makes excess pigment.  Pre-treatment with the medications above minimizes this risk, and it typically lasts only a short amount of time.  The risk of scarring is almost non-existant with fractional technology, which is a dramatic improvement compared to older laser technology.

How long is the recovery for fractional CO2 laser resurfacing?

The treatments are customized for each patient.  This means that light treatments can have 0-1 day downtime, but more aggressive treatments can have 7-9 days of downtime.

What aftercare is required?

Ointment is applied frequently to prevent crusting and moisture loss.  Vinegar-water soaks are performed to cleanse the treated skin, remove the vaporized skin cells, and prevent infection.  After the skin heals, cover up can be worn.

Will multiple treatments be required?

With aggressive treatments, 1-2 treatments provide impressive results in wrinkle reduction and improvement of skin tone and texture.  Less-aggressive treatments with fractional CO2 laser resurfacing may require multiple treatments.

Can Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing be combined with any other procedures?

Yes!  A very popular combination is combining a light to medium fractional CO2 laser treatment with radiofrequency (RF) microneedling to turbocharge the skin tightening while also resurfacing the skin.