What Is Fractional Co2 Laser? | When Do I Need This? (What To Expect, Pain, Cost)

Skin aesthetics and beauty treatments are becoming increasingly popular, with , fractional CO2 laser treatment leading the charge. While being minimally invasive, this type of laser treatment is considered one of the most effective in improving skin tone, texture and hydration. It can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, sun damage, age spots and other blemishes that have built up over time. Fractional CO2 laser treatment is generally suitable for all skin types and tones, making it an ideal option for many people looking to turn back the clock on their skin’s ageing process.

What is Fractional CO2 Laser and How Does It Work

Fractional CO2 laser treatment is a widely practised dermatology procedure used to perform skin resurfacing which can help reduce skin wrinkles, and acne scars, and tighten pores. The CO2 laser is made up of tiny, focused wavelengths which are directed onto the skin on both horizontal and vertical planes. Unlike other lasers, it emits light energy in small, targeted areas, giving it the name “fractionated laser”. This creates a grid of tiny holes in the skin's top layer which allows controlled heat and energy to penetrate below the surface layers. This stimulates collagen production and promotes new cell growth while also removing damaged tissue from the area. As a result, fractional CO2 lasers can be used to treat conditions such as acne scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, and more without causing excessive damage to nearby healthy skin cells.

What to Expect for Your CO2 Laser Treatment

Before Fractional CO2 Laser

Before undergoing a CO2 laser treatment, there are a few important steps that you should follow to ensure the best possible outcome. Before the actual treatment session, It is advisable to wear sunscreen daily and discontinue any topical medications that could potentially interfere with the procedure. It is also important to have an open and honest conversation with your aesthetic practitioner about your skin condition and complaints. At Klinik Suzana, the skin clinic Johor Bahru, our beautician will do a thorough examination of your skin condition and discuss with you in detail your beauty goals, lifestyle, diet and any other skincare products that you are using, as well as the information on the procedure that you will go through. This will help us to determine the best approach for your desired results and make sure that you understand all the risks associated with a CO2 laser treatment.

During Fractional CO2 Laser

During the CO2 treatment, you may experience some discomfort as the laser is targeting your skin. Patients who undergo the treatment would find minimal pain and describe the sensation as similar to prickling. We will make sure that you are comfortable during the procedure and provide numbing cream if required.

After Fractional CO2 Laser

To ensure an optimum result, It's essential to follow all post-care instructions given by your aesthetic specialist. After the treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, itching or a feeling of tightness in the area treated with the laser. This is completely normal as your cells and tissue are being regenerated and healed. However, these conditions should disappear within a 7-10 days period. During this downtime period, It's important to avoid direct sun exposure and limit exercise and makeup which can hinder the healing process. it is also advisable to keep the treated area moisturised to reduce discomfort and enhance healing.

Risks and Side Effects Associated with Fractional Co2 Laser Treatments

Research has shown that CO2 laser is generally safe for dermatology procedures. However, the treatment does carry certain risks and side effects that people need to be aware of before deciding to undergo it. The most common temporary side effects are swollen skin, redness, bruising, and itching. Some patients may also experience phototoxic reactions resulting from sun exposure during the healing period following treatment, that's why it is very much recommended to stay indoors and use sunblock if you have to go out. Repeated CO2 treatment within a short period in between is also not recommended, as it can cause hyperpigmentation. If you are experiencing any persistent discomfort after undergoing fractional CO2 laser treatment, you should immediately consult your clinic for advice. With proper precautions and regular maintenance at home, you can enjoy the benefits of this procedure without sacrificing your health and safety. At Klinik Suzana, your safety is our priority and we strive to provide the best care possible.

When Will You See The Result?

The result won't be immediately visible, as the skin needs time to recover and regenerate. The results of CO2 laser treatment will start to show in the days to weeks after the procedure. Over time, your skin will become smoother, more hydrated and more even-toned. As new collagen is formed within your dermis layer, wrinkles and fine lines can be reduced or eliminated. While some patients may experience immediate improvements, others may need to wait several months to see the full extent of their results. The speed at which the effect can be seen highly depends on the skin condition before the treatment. Our aesthetic doctor will be able to monitor your progress and make recommendations for follow-up treatments if necessary.

If you are looking for a way to improve the appearance of your skin, a fractional CO2 laser may be the right treatment for you. This procedure is safe and effective in improving skin texture, reducing wrinkles and lines, and producing a youthful appearance. Although you should expect some downtime after your treatment, with proper preparation and recovery you can enjoy beautiful, healthy skin that looks years younger. If you still have questions, contact Klinik Suzana today to book your consultation!

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