Acupulse Fractional Co2 in Naples, FL
Laser resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure for improving scarred, wrinkled, and aging skin. The AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser uses targeted resurfacing technology to renew damaged skin and boost collagen production. The skilled plastic surgeons at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, FL offer laser resurfacing treatments with the AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser to improve the appearance and feel of your skin.
What is AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2?
State-of-the-art CO2 lasers, like the AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser, reduce the appearance of blemishes, wrinkles, and scars by stimulating collagen production within the skin. However, AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is different from many other CO2 laser treatments in that it affects only a fraction of the skin’s surface area to reduce recovery time while maximizing results.
By delivering focused microscopic columns of ablative energy, sections of skin are left fully intact, which helps the skin heal faster. AcuPulse’s™ SuperPulse™ technology enables the deepest penetration with the lowest energy output.
The exciting new technology of the AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser means that you will achieve superficial and deep wrinkle improvement, blending of acne scars, and treatment of sun damage with minimal downtime and discomfort.
Acupulse Fractional CO2
What type of skin tightening is available?
Benefits of AcuPulse™ Treatments
CO2 lasers use carbon dioxide to create thermal damage to the dermis, the fibrous layer of the skin beneath the surface. This thermal damage increases collagen production to replace the damaged cells with new ones. The goal of the AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser is to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and blemishes while prompting an overall tightening of the skin.
This low energy requirement combined with interspersed areas of unaffected skin reduces patient discomfort, downtime, and lowers the risk of side effects. The treatment may also be applied to the neck using more conservative settings to achieve textural improvement.
Many people may ask about the effectiveness of CO2 lasers 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. It effectively treats both surface-level and traumatic scars that affect your daily life.
For those with extremely deep wrinkles, fully ablative CO2 resurfacing may be necessary for maximal improvement. Instead of targeted resurfacing, the fully ablative laser treats the entire face. A consultation with one of our plastic surgeons will help clarify which procedure is ideal for you.
Acupulse Fractional Co2 Consultation
An individual consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, Dr. Agarwal, Dr. Maloney, or Dr. Holmes, is the best way to determine which procedure is best suited to meet your goals. During your consultation, the surgeon will examine your face and ask about your desired results. The consultation is also a great time for you to address any questions or concerns you may have about the procedure and your options.
How AcuPulse™ Works
An AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 Laser Wash™ is usually performed in our AAAASF-certified operating room with intravenous anesthesia. If the treatment areas are small or just on the surface layer of the skin, the procedure can be conducted in the office using only a topical anesthetic cream and nerve block injections administered by the physician to numb certain areas of the face.
The procedure can be performed on its own or at the same time as a surgical procedure such as a facelift. During the procedure, the laser is placed over the affected area, where it creates small holes in the skin to deliver the heat energy that causes tissues to tighten.
Most patients only feel a warm scratching sensation during the treatment. The entire procedure does not take more than two hours, including the administration of the anesthetic.
Recovering from AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2
After the treatment, pain is minimal. Downtime for laser resurfacing usually ranges from 5 to 14 days, depending on the depth of resurfacing performed and the goals of the procedure.
In the first week, a fine grid-like pattern is visible on the skin. The surface of 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. Makeup can be worn 7-14 days after the procedure.
The length of the downtime needed depends on the settings being used, the depth of the skin’s damage, the areas being treated, the individual’s skin type, and the treatment plan.
AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 FAQs
The cost of AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 Laser Wash™ will vary based on your individual needs and treatment plan. However, patients tend to pay anywhere from $1500-$10,000 for a treatment, depending on the area(s) treated. Since laser skin resurfacing is generally considered a cosmetic procedure, the treatment will likely not be covered by insurance.
For most patients, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing offers excellent results with the benefits of limited downtime and reduced risk. However, 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 remaining after this treatment, melanocytes will continue to produce pigment, greatly reducing any chance of discoloration.
The AcuPulse™ Fractional CO2 laser procedure can be tailored to accomplish the goals of patients ranging from age 25 to age 85. Generally, if you are in good health with no active skin infections, you are eligible for CO2 laser resurfacing. Patients with active acne, dark skin, and deep wrinkles may not be eligible for laser resurfacing.
The full effects of laser resurfacing are not apparent until 3-6 months after treatment. Treatment results will last for years.
Why choose Aesthetic Surgery Center
Dr. Anurag Agarwal, M.D., F.A.C.S.
- Board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.
- Received his Doctor of Medicine at Philadelphia’s MCP-Hahnemann School of Medicine in 1999 and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
- In 2016, Dr. Agarwal was honored at the annual American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery national meeting.
Richard W. Maloney, M.D., F.A.C.S.
- Certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
- Served as chief investigator for numerous laser application systems for CO2, Argon, Nd:YAG, ER:YAG and Krypton lasers used in Facial surgery.
- Fellow American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons
- Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
- Attended medical school at UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical College).
- Was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.
- Member of The Aesthetic Society, the Florida Medical Association, and Collier County Medical Society.
- General surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL
- Plastic surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic Florida
Contact Us Today
Dr. Anurag Agarwal is a renowned plastic surgeon at Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, FL. He and the other surgeons at the Aesthetic Surgery Center have the expertise and knowledge to improve the texture and appearance of your skin. To schedule a consultation, please call (239)-594-9100 today.
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