Treatment with Laser fractional CO2
Aging process, sun exposure, oxidant stress, smoking, lifestyle, etc, are all factors which leave their inevitable imprints on the skin, such as wrinkles, small capillaries and aging spots. Hormones and drugs can have similar effects. Aesthetic medicine has recently developed the modern technology of Laser fractional CO2 in order to non - invasively improve and enhance the skin. This device produces a ray of light which selectively hits the skin in thousands of minuscule, microscopic spots. The healthy areas are not affected and the skin quickly recovers and regenerates. The regeneration process starts from the healthy skin areas until full recovery within 4 - 5 days. In the deep layer (derma), the laser provokes the activation of the fibroblasts – the cells which produce collagen, hyaluronic acid, and elastane (see also “Laser fractional CO2”). The Fraxel treatment restructures and regenerates the damaged skin, and gives to it a younger and enhanced look. When performed by experienced hands, this technique of the aesthetic medicine is a safe and non - invasive procedure. It is applied to enhance the skin surface through:
- Opening and enlarging skin pores,
- Creating a lifting effect of the facial skin,
- Reducing wrinkles around the eyes and acne cicatrices,
- Refreshing and rejuvenating skin around the neck, décolleté, and hands,
- Eliminating dark spots and restoring lost brightness to the skin,
- Reducing stretch marks at the areas of belly, waist, and thighs (when the stretch marks are in their initial development phase, hence with a reddish or pinkish color).
Given that the Fraxel treatment does not affect healthy skin, it can be efficiently applied in the most delicate areas such as the face, throat, décolleté, arms, hands, etc. A specific advantage of the Laser fractional CO2 is the opportunity to treat any person regardless of age, sex or skin color. This treatment can be regularly performed during summer and it is sufficient to apply sunscreen afterwards.
During the consultation session, the aesthetic doctor will carefully assess the skin problems and will determine the optimal program for the specific case. Depending on the surface to be treated, each Fraxel session includes 20 - 25% of the total area. Therefore, it is usually necessary to apply a treatment program of 3 - 5 sessions in intervals of 2 - 4 weeks from each other. The results are immediate and progressive and reach their maximum visibility in 2 - 3 months. The laser treatment is performed under the ambulatory regime and does not need anesthesia, with the exception of specific cases when special anesthetic lotion can be applied over the skin a few minutes before the procedure. A Laser fractional CO2 session lasts in average 30 - 60 minutes, depending on the skin area to be treated (face, décolleté, hands, etc). For about an hour after the procedure, you will feel the sensation of slight skin burn. The skin will be reddish and slightly swollen (similar to post - sun exposure or similar to the sensation after a solarium session with high pressure tanning lamps). Fraxel is a non - ablative laser and therefore the treatment effects are minimal compared to other lasers. Therefore, healing of skin micro - lesions and full recovery are very quick. Usually, swelling is slight and disappears within 1 - 2 days. Skin redness disappears gradually in 5 - 7 days and this is a sign that deep skin layers are regenerating. Women can immediately wear makeup and men can also shave after 24 hours. The social everyday life can also be resumed immediately. However, in certain cases the recovery is somehow slower due to individual characteristics and type of applied treatment. Given that the skin preserves its protective function, the use of antibiotics after the laser procedure is usually unnecessary. During the days following the sessions, a “pseudo - tan” will be noticed followed by a loss of the superficial skin layer which will be replaced by new, regenerated skin. During the post - session days, it is recommended to avoid tanning lamps and prolonged sun exposure. It is also recommended to apply high protective filter sunscreen at least twice a day as well as quality moisturizing cream 2 - 3 times per day, especially during the period of skin recovery. Case by case and depending on necessity, a cortisone - antibiotic lotion can be applied on the kin. During the following months, the skin acquires a youthful and bright look as its deepest layers are gradually regenerated.
The Fraxel laser treatment is not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding, or in cases of herpes or other skin infections, dermatitis, cortisone therapies, autoimmune diseases, or collagen - related disorders.