Fractional CO2 Laser is a safe, effective procedure performed to restore balance, proportion and a younger appearance.
As a person ages, their collagen production begins to decline which leads to the breakdown of the skin’s underlying support structure. Daily exposure to UV rays other environmental elements, and genetics can cause the skin to become discolored and premature wrinkles may emerge.
Treatments with the Fractional CO2 laser provide wrinkle reduction, overall tissue tightening and textural improvement. The skin will have a smoother, tighter appearance and pigmentation will be diminished.
- Avoid any aspirin, aspirin-containing products or ibuprofen for 1-2 weeks prior to and 2 weeks following your treatment.
- If you are on any medications that affect bleeding please notify doctor.
- Refrain from tobacco products and alcohol for 2 weeks prior and 1 week following surgery. Delayed wound healing, persistent skin redness and other complications may persist when tobacco and alcohol are not discontinued.
- Use Arnica 10-14 days before and 7 days after surgery; a natural herb that significantly decreases bruising, follow directions on bottle. Take 1500 mg of vitamin C, which helps promote healing.
- Avoid sun exposure for at least one week prior to treatment. If sun exposure can not be avoided, a sunscreen of SPF 30 or greater should be worn as well as a hat. A Sunscreen with UVA and UVB coverage provides best protection.
- Notify your Physician if you develop a cold sore or any other illness prior to the treatment.
- Avoid using Retin-A or any other product of the “retinoid” family for 1 week prior.
- Do not wear make-up on the day of the treatment.
Post treatment care
- After Surgery your skin may feel a bit tight because of swelling.
- Place ice packs or ice water soaked pads on the area treated.
- The day after your procedure you may start washing the treated area twice a day with a nonsoap, gentle cleanser only (such as Cetaphil). A gentle moisturizer may be used only after you’ve stopped peeling completely! Please note that continued application of moisturizer will speed the healing process.
- It is important Not to “pick or rub” your skin during the healing process.
- If your skin is broken or a blister appears, it may be necessary to use an antibiotic ointment
- Keep head elevated at a 45 degree angle.
- Reduce activity to decrease any chance of bleeding swelling and nausea. Swelling, bruising and discomfort are very normal symptoms after your surgery.
- Antibiotic ointment twice a day for five days.
- Oral analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents, or other medications may be used at the discretion of your physician for discomfort.
- Avoid sun exposure as much as possible for 3 months, as it can cause swelling or an uneven change in pigmentation.