Lasers affect the skin in two important ways. First, their pulses penetrate the skin quickly, vaporizing water and surface skin while not damaging the deeper layers and allowing a new layer to grow. Second, the laser delivers enough heat to cause remodeling of collagen fibers, restoring some elasticity to the skin and providing tightening. The fractional CO2 laser is the newest and currently the most effective laser for the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, acne scars, and pigmentation issues.
It resurfaces the skin, much like the traditional ablative CO2 lasers, but with much less recovery time or risk of side effects. Fractional technology provides patients with excellent results in as little as one treatment. “Fractional resurfacing” means that only a portion of the skin is treated by the laser beam. By leaving small “bridges” of untouched skin, the healing process is faster, and patients can return to normal activities sooner. CO2 resurfacing not only results in improved skin aesthetics, but also clinically and microscopically healthier facial skin.