Laser Resurfacing Newnan
WHAT IS CO2 LASER RESURFACING?
Fraxis Duo™ CO2 Laser Treatment Overview: Our Fraxis Duo CO2 laser system is a “gold standard” device. It is a highly sought after system because it can integrate multiple advanced technologies into one platform. The CO2 laser emits the longest wavelength of light compared to other lasers and can be used on a variety of skin types. Treatments can be easily tailored to meet the specific cosmetic need(s) of our patients. This state-of-the-art device excels at treating a wide range of skin conditions. These include: deep wrinkles, pigment abnormalities, blotchiness, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars. It can also reduce unwanted visible fine lines around the eyelids and lips, as well as improve the appearance of skin texture and laxity, pores, stretch marks, nose rhinophyma, warts and growths such as seborrheic keratosis. The Fraxis Duo is also versatile with respect to treatment location. Besides the face and neck, it can also be used on the hands, décolleté, back, arms, and legs. The platform of the Fraxis Duo allows for the simultaneous use of RF micro- needling with CO2 laser. This combination approach improves the final cosmetic result that is seen.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Fractional CO2 laser takes light energy and fractionates or “pixelates” it into thousands of tiny little columns. These pixels of light energy can be configured to selectively injure a target within the skin itself. During the repair process, new collagen is produced and the regenerated skin appears healthier and more vibrant.
HOW LONG DOES THE CO2 LASER TREATMENT TAKE?
This depends on the area(s) being treated. Usually most treatments are completed within one to two hours. This will be reviewed with you at your consultation. Please plan to be at our office for a few hours.
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WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM LASER SURGERY?
Most dermatologists have experience with laser resurfacing surgery, as this is required in their residency. Since results are operator dependent, it’s important to select a cosmetic dermatologist with experience.
Fraxis Duo laser can be used to:
• Erase fine lines and wrinkles of the face
• Smooth and tighten eyelid skin (Madonna Lift)
• Improve crow’s feet around the eyes
• Soften skin “dimpling”, acne scars and frown lines
• Remove brown spots and improve skin color
• Improve and flatten scars
• Improve the appearance of stretch marks
• Repair smoker’s lines
• Improve skin tone and texture
• Treat warts, unwanted skin growths & large pores
• Improve earlobe texture and appearance
• Improve female sexual health
• Improve female incontinence issues
WHAT ABOUT THE PRE-OP CARE?
It is necessary to obtain a pre-op history for the procedure. In some instances, Neurotoxin (Botox) treatments are performed to relax the muscles of facial expression. All retinoic acid products should be discontinued for one week prior to the procedure. Pre-op antibiotic and antiviral medications are employed to minimize the risk of infection. Finally, we ask our patients to have someone drive them to and from the office and to stay with them for the first 24 hours after surgery.
WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT?
Discomfort is usually minor during the procedure. Following skin resurfacing, the skin is red or pink and may be covered with a fine crust. Treated sites must be protected from sunlight after the procedure. Once healing is completed, protective sunblock should be applied on a regular basis.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE POTENTIAL RISKS WITH CO2 LASER RESURFACING?
Significant complications are rare, and the risk of scarring is low. Some patients may be at risk for varying degrees of pigmentation loss, particularly with aggressive CO2 settings. Other common side effects include crusting, swelling, pain, and discoloration at the treatment sites. These issues usually resolve in short order.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE BENEFITS FROM LASER?
It can take up to 1 to 4 weeks to see beneficial results. Final results are seen at 6 months to one year.
Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowl formation. However, by tightening loose skin, laser resurfacing can improve certain folds, creases, acne scars and pores. This technique is an advance over traditional procedures such as dermabrasion. It can be used in conjunction with other techniques such as chemical peeling, eyelid surgery, liposuction, skin tightening procedures, neurotoxin treatments and filler therapies.
HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A CO2 LASER RESURFACING CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?
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