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Learn Why Dermatologists Use Fractional CO2 Lasers for Wrinkles

Published on February 1, 2015

Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is the process of stimulating skin regeneration by using brief, highly targeted pulses from a CO2 laser. Fractional resurfacing is a significant advancement over traditional laser cosmetic treatments, allowing for the treatment of microscopic columns of skin. This results in less scabbing, less bleeding, and much faster healing times compared to traditional laser resurfacing.

What can the Fractional CO2 Laser be used for in Scarsdale?

Our Westchester County dermatologists use fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing to treat wrinkles and superficial scars caused by minor wounds, infections, or acne. It gives skin a younger, smoother appearance, reducing and reversing damage done to skin over the years.

What should I know about this cosmetic dermatological treatment?

Fractional laser skin resurfacing is usually done in a series of two or three treatments. The dermatologist will provide you with a local anesthetic and perhaps a mild sedative before the procedure. Goggles are worn to protect your eyes and wet towels are used to capture any excess pulses of the laser. Each pulse lasts about a millisecond and dead tissue is gentle wiped away between passes.

In most cases, there is very little bleeding involved. Once finished, the area will be treated with ointment and may be covered with dressing. It’s an outpatient procedure that can often be performed in the doctor’s office.

The dermatologist will give you instructions for ensuring that you heal properly after the procedure. It’s important to rinse the area with cold water multiples times per day in order to prevent infection and avoid scabbing. The area needs to stay clean and moist to encourage healing. It’s also recommended that you limit exposure to the sun. Even after peeling has stopped, sunblock should be used whenever going out doors. Your brand new skin will be much more prone to sunburn.

Where can I learn more about laser resurfacing in New York?

For more information about this procedure call one of our offices and set up a consultation with a dermatologist. The Westchester Center for Dermatology proudly serves residents of Westchester County and New York City with offices in Scarsdale and Manhattan.