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scar revision

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is an excellent option to get your skin back to where it was before acne scar, stretch marks or other type of scars had damaged it.

The fractional resurfacing laser lays down a pattern of tiny ablative wounds and leaves small bridges of untouched skin to speed up the healing process. The result provides regeneration of new skin cells in combination with collagen stimulation that will improve the appearance of acne scarred skin.

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is one of the most popular techniques available for acne scarring as it targets both the epidermal & dermal layer to promote new skin texture and superior collagen remodelling. The significant changes that occur after a fractional laser resurfacing treatment distinguishes it from other laser procedures. 

The procedure is also used for other types of facial and body scars including acne scars, stretch marks or surgical scar that have left behind keloid lesions. Speak with our clinic to schedule a complimentary face to face consultation and have your skin assessed for more information that is appropriate for you.


How it works

Co2 fractional scar treatment doesn't make a scar disappear. Instead, they’re designed to make a scar appear less noticeable. The body begins the process of repairing a wound after a skin injury. A scab develops over the injury to protect it from germs, then eventually falls off. Sometimes, the skin underneath a scab is the same color as the rest of the body. However, depending on the depth of the injury, a scar often remains after a scab falls off. These scars may fade or become lighter with time. When a scar becomes permanent, laser treatments can be used to remove the outer layer of the damaged skin’s surface. They basically smooth the skin to improve tone and appearance. The treatment is also used to target blood vessels in the scar tissue and reduce redness. They can also penetrate the skin’s surface to stimulate the production of new skin cells. CO2 or Carbon Dioxide laser is a time-tested technology used for laser resurfacing. Due to the dynamics of this laser it can produce immense amounts of controlled ablation points in the skin to cause physical collagen remodelling much like tiny skin cuts that heal with new and normal skin - in another words, used correctly, it can improve scars more than any other method of scar revision- including Fraxel and other laser type devices.

am i a candidate

The treatment is used for:
  • Acne Scars
  • Uneven Texture
  • Body & Facial Scars
  • Keloid Scars
  • Surgical Scars
  • Stretch Marks
The scope of application includes:
  • Improve skin texture quality
  • Provide smooth appearance to skin
  • Collagen Remodelling
  • Flatten raised scars
  • Skin regeneration for pitted scars.

does it hurt

Treatment sensation varies from individual. You can expect a slight ‘stinging’ sensation but most people find it quite tolerable. To increase your comfort, we apply a topical anaesthetic prior to treatment.

What shall i expect after the treatment

After your CO2 treatment you need to be prepared for some downtime. Immediately after the procedure your skin will be red, and you are likely to feel as though you have bad sunburn. It is also normal to experience swelling, particularly around the eyes. Swelling is present for 24-48 hours post treatment. For the first few days following treatment your skin will form a ‘micro-crust’ and have a bronzed appearance. The skin will also feel quite tight and it is important that your skin does not dry out (using Vaseline will help to avoid this). The length of downtime will vary depending upon the density and depth of the treatment. This could be between 4 – 14 days. We will carefully discuss your treatment goals and expected downtime during a consultation.

after care

There are four essential components of laser skin care after CO2 laser treatments.

  •  The skin must be kept moist with topical cream or ointment – skin heals best when moist.
  •  The skin must be kept clean, all secretions and skin debris removed.
  •  Sun block and sun prevention is essential for the new skin.
  •  Continue taking any antibiotics prescribed for you before treatment.
Wash twice daily with a mild non-soap cleanser such as Cetaphil or use the vinegar SOAK SOLUTION as your cleanser. Cleansing must be gentle, as you do not want to remove new skin cells that are forming.
You can take a shower, but do not let shampoo or hair products get on treated area. Use the SOAK SOLUTION followed by Auaphor, Cetaphil or Vaseline after your shower.
SOAK SOLUTION: Mix 1 teaspoon of plain white vinegar to 2 cups water (This solution may be mixed ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator.) Leave the Auaphor, Vaseline or Cetaphil cream on your face. Using a clean soft cloth apply the soak solution to the treated area. Re-apply the Aquaphor, Cetaphil or Vaseline to the treated area after soaking. If your skin is dry you may use the soak solution more often.
Skin Care Routine Days 1 – 4 : While your skin is healing, 3x times a day follow this regimen:
  •  Wash your hands prior to touching your face.
  •  Apply Aquaphor, Vaseline or Cetaphil Cream to the treated area 3 times a day or more if needed to keep your skin flexible.
  •  You may experience redness, blistering and oozing. Use the SOAK SOLUTION with a gentle wiping motion. This keeps the skin moist but also loosens and removes dead skin cells and keeps the skin clean.
  •  Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be taken if needed. If you experience itching, you may use an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl.
  •  Skin will usually start peeling on day 3 or 4. Do not pick at it but allow skin to peel off.
Days 5 – 7: When peeling is complete and new skin is formed
  •  The treated area may be red for 4 - 7 days or longer then turn darker as the skin begins to peel. It is normal for skin to feel “sunburned” and tight. Swelling may occur. Sleeping on 2 pillows with your head elevated will help alleviate the swelling.
  •  Do not expose your skin to the sun. Wear sunscreen with a SPF 20 or higher after peeling to maintain results and help prevent post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (darker skin.)
  •  After the skin is healed and all of the scabs/crusts are gone a good skin care regimen is recommended. Using a mild cleanser (Cetaphil) will help maintain and improve the results of this procedure. Biomedic and Obagi are too strong for immediate healing phase.
  •  If you experience increased pain, drainage, severe redness or fever, increased itching, or cold sores please call our office right away
  •  1 month after procedure - You may resume skin care regimen

how many sessions do i need

A single fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment may make a significant difference in the skin in terms of firmness and smoothness. However depending on the skin type, condition of the skin, expected results and texture quality, upto three treatments may be required to achieve the full effect of outcomes desired.

down time

As with any laser resurfacing treatment, an initial period of physical skin change and healing will occur. Clients usually experience 3-5 days of redness, swelling, crusting of the skin and minor bleeding. A stay at home approach throughout the downtime period is usually followed.