There are a number of ways to perform skin resurfacing treatments, including chemical peels or micro needling however fractional ablative CO2 lasers are considered one of the most effective ways to resurface and remodel skin to promote the growth of new replacement skin and stimulate collagen production in the longer term. Have you ever grazed your knee and noticed how new, pink and young the skin is that grows underneath the scab?
The CO2 laser works by creating micro-channels down into the dermis. The combination of heat and penetration of these channels promotes the growth of new healed skin and remodels the skin’s collagen leading to significantly smoother, firmer and more even-toned skin.
Skin resurfacing with a C02 laser makes it possible to remove a lifetime of sun ageing from your skin. Healthy skin and a more youthful appearance can be restored in a safe comfortable office procedure. Laser skin resurfacing with the powerful CO2 system works in 3 ways to address several signs of ageing, including wrinkles, lines, uneven texture and pigmentation.
Fractional CO2 lasers create micro-channels in the skin. The human body can heal the micro-channels very quickly, allowing “remodelling” of the scarred skin layers to a more normal appearance. This ability to remodel scarred skin via laser therapy is yielding results not previously possible. The treated areas of the epidermis and dermis are vaporized, or ablated. Immediately after ablation, damaged epithelia (the top layer of skin cells) is eliminated and the excessive build-up of collagen fibres in the scar tissue shrinks. Over the next 3 to 6 months, new collagen, the fibrous structural protein found in connective tissue under the skin layer, forms. The series of micro-channels that are created lead to newly synthesized collagen and granulation tissue, then eventual regeneration of the epidermis. Several treatments may have continued effects for scar treatment.
CO2 laser scar therapy may not be appropriate for all scars, however generally it is effective on acne, surgical, trauma, cosmetic and burns scars.