CO2 Fractional Laser
Conveniently located to serve Westchester
At the Westchester Center for Dermatology, we offer CO2 fractional laser resurfacing for both women and men in Westchester with rough, damaged, and weathered skin who are looking for a way to restore the radiant beauty of their skin. Treatment with the CO2 fractional laser in Westchester can be used to treat a wide variety of common skin concerns safely and effectively.
What Is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?
CO2 fractional laser resurfacing is an effective procedure for the treatment of loose skin, dull skin, roughness, oversized pores, acne scars, excess pigmentation, sun damage, and wrinkles. For patients looking to improve the weathered and worn-out appearance of their skin, this revitalizing treatment offers impressive results.
This cutting-edge option can be used to rejuvenate the skin of the face, hands, neck, arms, and chest. It is safe for all skin types and creates long-lasting benefits.
The Science Behind CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is an ablative procedure, meaning tissue is removed during the treatment process. This allows for more effective reduction of harsh skin issues than non-ablative procedures.
During a treatment session, the heat of the laser is used to remove the damaged skin cells in the skin layers. It is powerful enough to travel down to the deeper skin layers. This signals the body to create fresh new skin cells and new collagen protein, resulting in youthful and beautiful skin with improved health, smoothness, and elasticity.
The Benefits of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Unlike surgical procedures such as facelifts, this treatment will not require several weeks of painful recovery time and carries a lower risk of complications. No scalpels are needed and no incisions will be made.
Unlike other ablative laser treatments, CO2 fractional laser resurfacing does not remove the entirety of the skin layer. It is fractional, meaning several microscopic sections of skin cells are removed from the skin layer. The undamaged sections of skin can then work to heal the damage more effectively. Fractional procedures result in a shorter and more comfortable recovery time.
Ideal Candidates for CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
CO2 fractional laser resurfacing works for people who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines, scarring, pigmentation, age spots, sagging skin, warts, and sun damage. Dermatologists also recommend it to patients with non-responsive skin after a facelift.
However, CO2 fractional laser resurfacing might not be ideal for people who have taken the acne medication isotretinoin for the past year and those with keloid scars. It is not recommended for people who have undergone laser resurfacing before, have a weaker immune system, have undergone radiation therapy on their face, or are at high risk of getting cold sores.
Your doctor will ask you about current and past medical issues, current and recent medications, previous cosmetic procedures, and typical reaction to sun exposure during the consultation. They will also inspect the target area of treatment to evaluate your skin issues.
Patients must discuss their motivations and cosmetic expectations from CO2 fractional laser resurfacing. Your doctor will also tackle potential complications, after which you will decide if the procedure is suitable for you. You will be informed about what to do during the recovery and what the results might be.
Overview of the Treatment Process
At the start of this laser procedure, anesthesia will be administered in the form of a topical numbing cream to numb the targeted region of the skin. Once the cream has taken effect, a handpiece will be used to apply laser energy to the region. This produces a sensation that some have described as being similar to an extremity falling asleep.
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Aftercare
After your treatment session is complete, you will be free to return home and rest. The procedure requires patients to take around seven to ten days off from work. Avoid sun exposure while you are healing and recovering, as it can damage the weakened skin tissues.
For the first 48 hours after skin resurfacing, apply an effective moisturizer to the skin carefully in order to promote healing. Facial redness will fade to a light pink during healing.
Once you have returned to work and your daily schedule, you will be able to see results slowly appearing in the form of healthier and smoother blemish-free skin as new collagen is produced. After six months, the full results will be apparent.
CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Cost
The cost of your CO2 fractional laser resurfacing will depend on the number of areas being treated and the size of the areas. Any questions you may have about price and payment options for your treatment can be addressed during your initial consultation.
Make an Appointment for Your Consultation
If you would like to schedule a consultation regarding treatment with the CO2 fractional laser in Westchester, contact Westchester Center for Dermatology and arrange an appointment with Dr. David Kriegel. We will be happy to help you achieve your aesthetic goals with our state-of-the-art treatments.