AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing involves treating a fraction of a given skin surface area, instead of the entire area. The laser works on the skin by reducing fine lines, wrinkles, blemishes, and accomplishes overall tightening of the skin. By delivering focused microscopic columns of ablative energy, there are intact areas of skin left behind which help the skin heal faster. AcuPulse’s™ SuperPulse™ technology enables the deepest penetration with the lowest energy. This low energy requirement combined with interspersed areas of intact skin reduces patient discomfort, downtime and risk of side effects.
This exciting new technology means that you will achieve superficial and deep wrinkle improvement, blending of acne scars, and treatment of sun damage with minimal down time or discomfort. The procedure is performed in the office or operating room as a standalone procedure, or can be performed at the same time as a surgical procedure such as a facelift. Downtime ranges from 5-14 days, depending on the depth of resurfacing performed and the goals of the procedure. Mild pink discoloration may last a few months, but less than fully ablative procedures. The treatment may be applied to the neck using more conservative settings to achieve textural improvement.
Many people may ask about the effectiveness of CO2 laser for scars or about a CO2 laser facial. Co2 works on the skin by removing deep layers of damaged skin and stimulates the regeneration of healthy skin underneath. Usually, Co2 laser requires a local anesthetic for spot areas or intravenous sedation for treating the full face. There are two types of downtime associated with it. First, there is a period where the skin is a red, abraded surface that takes 7-14 days to heal. Then there is a period of pink and red discoloration which can be covered with makeup, and lasts anywhere from 1 month to several months. The length of the downtime depends on the settings being used, the depth that the laser is being performed at to accomplish your goals, areas being treated, the individual skin type and treatment plan.
An individual consultation with one of our plastic surgeons is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. The procedure can be tailored to accomplish the goals of a patient ranging from age 25 to age 85. You will notice smoother, refreshed skin with minimal pain or recovery time.
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AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 FAQs
An AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 Laser Wash™ is usually performed in our AAAASF certified operating room with intravenous anesthesia. When performed in a lighter fashion, it can be performed in the office after application of a topical anesthetic cream and nerve block injections administered by the physician to numb areas of the face. The procedure feels like a warm scratching sensation during the treatment. After the treatment, pain is minimal.
There is a fine grid like pattern visible on the skin for the first week, during which time the skin will peel and there will be mild redness. After the skin peels, your face will be mildly pink for another 3-4 days. Make-up can be worn 7-14 days after the procedure, depending on the depth of resurfacing.
For the vast majority of patients, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing offers excellent results with minimal downtime or risk. For those with extremely deep wrinkles, fully ablative CO2 resurfacing may be necessary for maximal improvement. A consultation with one of our plastic surgeons will help clarify which procedure is ideal for you.
Because there are areas of intact skin after this treatment, melanocytes are able to continue to produce pigment, greatly reducing any chance of pigmentary alteration.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation at The Aesthetic Surgery center’s office at 239-594-9100.