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CO2 Fractional Laser
Maybe laser surgery won’t make you younger, but it certainly can make you look that way. With new advances in laser skin resurfacing tactics, the Fountain of Youth might prove not to be a myth after all.

CO2 Fractional Laser treatment, combines the effectiveness of classic carbon dioxide lasers with a new application that prevents damage to the epidermis, or best layer of skin. This enhances its use for such issues as wrinkles, moles, scars and other skin circumstances.

There are two kinds of lasers:
Ablative lasers, which remove only the leading layer of the skin, or epidermis, and non-ablative lasers, which eliminate tissue below the epidermis. The former, which include CO2 lasers, are appropriate for use with minor facial issues that are mostly on the skin’s surface, such as blemishes and wrinkles.

Non-ablative lasers are used to correct deeper skin condition, such as birthmarks, enlarged blood vessels, severe acne, scars, and for removing unwanted hair.

Role of Collagen
As we age, we tend to lose the critical connective tissue protein referred to as collagen, which makes skin powerful and elastic. Exposure to the sun and pollution also takes a toll on collagen. As a result, wrinkles can produce and skin can sag.

To stimulate the body’s organic production of collagen, laser resurfacing utilizes beams of light to bore tiny holes in the skin. This technique requires recovery period and some facial redness may occur temporarily that will eventually fade overtime.

Skin Regions Left Intact
The CO2 Fractional Laser therapy breaks up the laser beam into many small fractionated, or micro, beams which send thousands of tiny columns of heat deep into the skin. This heat destroys old skin cells and induces the production of new collagen.

Fractional resurfacing can be performed on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Frequent side effects can include short-term redness and swelling.