Fractional CO2 Laser

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WHAT IS THE FRACTIONAL CO2 "DOT" LASER PROCEDURE?

The Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser is a modified CO2 laser device which can treat:

* Fine Lines and Wrinkles
* Acne Scarring
* Aging Skin
* Stretch Marks
* Brown Age Spots
* Post Surgical Scars
* Heavy Eyelids

The Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser uses a pixilated CO2 laser to deliver very precise bursts of light using a "dot in a matrix pattern", leaving untreated regions in-between to ensure a rapid recovery. The nice thing about the Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser is that one can treat areas besides the face safely. For example, we have had wonderful results treating the neck, hands and back for conditions such as skin laxity, acne scars and wrinkles. One to two treatments is all that is needed to allow for up to an 85 % improvement in these conditions.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

Treatment with the Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser takes anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the area(s) that are treated. If a repeat treatment is required, this is usually performed at least 2 months later.

WHAT IS THE PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE FRACTIONAL CO2 "DOT" LASER?

Typically, we ask that you discontinue the use of retinoic acid products and glycolic acid products for 3 to 4 days before your Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser treatment. In addition, we will prescribe an antiviral medication which is taken 1 day before your procedure. It is also wise to stay out of intense sunlight for up to 1 week prior to your treatment.

HOW MUCH DISCOMFORT CAN I EXPECT?

There is minimal if any discomfort with this treatment. A topical anesthetic is all that is used. This is applied for 30 to 60 minutes on the treatment area(s). If you are anxious, we can prescribe and anti-anxiety medication regimen which can be taken 1 to 2 hours before your procedure. Someone must drive you to and from the office if this regimen is prescribed. Pain usually is described as a moderate sunburn, which can easily be controlled with ice and medications such as Motrin™ or Advil™.


HOW LONG WILL I STAY RED?

The advanced technology of the Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser allows the skin to recover quickly. There can be some minor redness and peeling of the skin. This quickly disappears within a matter of days. Redness can persist for up to one week.

WHAT ABOUT POST OP CARE?

We recommend a very nice post laser skin care system. It is important to stay out of intense sun for at least one week after your treatment. We also recommend that you initiate a low dose corticosteroid medication to minimize swelling which occurs in most instances. Concealing makeup, e.g. Jane Iredale™, can be used to minimize redness. Again, the beauty of the Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser is that one is pretty much healed by 7 days postop.

HOW LONG WILL THE EFFECTS OF THE TREATMENT LAST?

Fractional CO2 "DOT" laser's effects can be seen for several years. Repeat treatments are sometimes required but this is determined on a case by case basis. In our experience, patient satisfaction has been extremely high for this procedure.

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?

Feel free to contact our office at 904-285-SKIN (7546) or click here. We look forward to seeing you at your consultation visit and look forward to meeting you. Thanks for allowing us to educate you about the benefits of the Fractional CO2 "Dot" Laser. See you soon.



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