Laser Treatments Benefit a Variety of Conditions
Fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars all affect the way you feel about yourself. While there are many products available on the market that claim to give you long-lasting results, these products rarely deliver and may cause additional damage to your skin. The skincare experts at MetroDerm, P.C. in Atlanta, GA, offer the safest, most effective treatments for fighting the signs of aging.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to resurface facial skin with wrinkles caused by excess sun exposure, crow’s feet, and acne scarring. The high-energy, amplified light waves of the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser vaporize the top layer of skin instantly, with no bleeding and minimal trauma to the surrounding skin.
Candidates for Treatment
Most patients are candidates for fractional CO2 laser resurfacing; however, a consultation with a MetroDerm, P.C. skin care expert will allow us to plan a customized regimen for optimal results.
- Fine lines and wrinkles in the eye and mouth area, as well as on the forehead
- Scars caused by acne or chickenpox
- Skin damaged by the aging process or sun exposure
- Liver spots
- Certain types of birthmarks
About the Procedure
The lasers used by MetroDerm, P.C. for fractional CO2 laser resurfacing are specifically designed to target certain skin flaws, such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, and pigmentation problems without damaging the deeper layers of the skin. For the fractional CO2 laser resurfacing procedure, a special device is used to deliver laser energy to the damaged skin. This precise nature of laser energy targets only the problem areas.
As the laser energy is administered, the outer layer of skin is removed and the deeper layer, or dermis, is heated to stimulate the production of new collagen fibers. The collagen creates new skin that is generally smoother and tighter. A moist dressing is applied to the treatment area to help with the healing process. Post-treatment care plays an important role in the outcome of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Patients should follow instructions carefully after treatment.
Aftercare and Recovery
- After the procedure, your skin may feel warm and appear a little sensitive and pink.
- Apply an ice pack to the treated area when you get home to accelerate recovery.
- Avoid using makeup unless it is a mineral based makeup.
- Avoid excessively hot water or cold water.
- Avoid strongly scented lotions or soaps, exfoliating creams, and scrubbing.
- Avoid picking or scratching at the skin.
- Apply SPF 30+ sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
In some cases, several treatments may be required for best results. While fractional CO2 laser resurfacing does provide long-term improvement to skin tone, texture, and pigmentation, patients are advised to use proper protection against sun exposure and other environmental factors that cause damage to the skin. Daily skin care is also important in maintaining results.
This information cannot substitute for professional evaluation and treatment. For any skin concerns, make an appointment with one of our skincare experts or dermatologists.
Laser resurfacing is a productive treatment for a variety of facial imperfections. Several laser treatments can really improve the color and clarity of your skin. Call us today to set up an appointment for a consultation. MetroDerm, P.C. has offices that serve cities all around metro Atlanta including Canton, Rome, Johns Creek, Sandy Springs, Sugar Hill, Gainsville, and Cumming.