Discover Facial Rejuvenation with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Any number of environmental factors can impact the look and feel of your skin, ranging from lifestyle choices and weather damage to simple genetics and the natural aging process. Whatever the cause of your facial changes may be, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing offers you a highly effective yet non-surgical solution to issues like sun damage, uneven tone, rough texture, and acne scarring.

Fractional laser skin resurfacing is just one of many options by which you can non-surgically enhance your look. We’ll be excited to help you explore over sixty different procedural choices when you visit. Ready to get started? Reach out to Integrated Aesthetics and speak with a team member to set up your initial consultation for laser skin resurfacing in Spring, TX, today.

  • Average Cost: Starting at $1,000
  • Typical Recovery Period: Two Weeks
  • Discomfort Level: Relatively Moderate
  • Anesthesia Options: Local, General, or IV Sedation
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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Details

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is an effective solution for more severe skin laxity, deeper wrinkles, and superficial acne scarring.

It’s just one of the many non-surgical procedure options that we offer at Integrated Aesthetics, and we’ll be sure to help you explore all your options when you visit us for your informative consultation.

Traditional CO2 Lasers vs. Fractional CO2 Lasers

While traditional CO2 lasers remove the surface layer of the skin, fractional CO2 lasers are considered microablative and work by creating microscopic perforations on the surface of your skin. The device treats both the superficial layer of the skin and the deeper dermis to stimulate collagen production. Since there is no damage to the surrounding skin, the target area will heal more quickly for minimized downtime and maximized results.

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How Fractional Resurfacing Works

CO2 lasers resurface your skin using targeted light beams for a faster and more versatile method of skin resurfacing than the original laser treatment. The procedure can address wrinkles and scars, as well as minor incisions and excisions, stretch marks, and atypical skin pigmentation, leaving you with a clear and youthful look that you’ll be excited to show off.

The fractional CO2 laser treats superficial and deeper skin layers at the same time, penetrating the deeper dermis layer and effectively stimulating collagen production while also effectively tightening the tissues of your skin for a more firm and supple appearance in the treatment area. Your doctor will have precise control over the intensity of the treatment for ideal results.

More Options for Facial Rejuvenation

Our practice prides itself on its truly integrated approach. Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can be combined with a number of other treatments to achieve truly comprehensive results, such as Profound, Morpheus8 and microneedling. During your consultation, we’ll get to know your personal cosmetic goals and recommend the treatments that we think will help you meet them.

Microneedling

Microneedling generally provides optimal results for superficial scars, including acne, but not for deeper scars.

Microneedling with Radiofrequency (RF)

Microneedling with radiofrequency energy (RF) can reach deeper layers of the skin for severe scarring.

Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling with PRP (also known as Platelet-Rich Plasma) is a noninvasive procedure designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles while tightening your skin. The procedure is also called the “vampire facial” or “collagen induction therapy.” A hand-held microneedling device is used to penetrate the skin and induce the production of collagen to create younger-looking skin from the inside out.

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How Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Works

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment addresses scars caused by untreated acne, deep wrinkles that can develop with age, and damage caused by environmental factors like sun exposure and smoking. While older CO2 laser methods treat the whole surface of the target area, the fractional CO2 laser treats only a fraction of the skin…hence the name.

Fractional lasers create microscopic holes in your skin, leaving normal tissue undisturbed between the punctures. The fractional CO2 laser can be used in the more aggressive ablative mode for skin tightening, wrinkles, and acne scarring or in a microablative mode to treat complexion issues such as sun damage and enlarged pores.

The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment can also be used for the pigment-based discoloration caused by exposure to the sun and the aging process, resulting in sunspots and age spots. However, the treatment is not effective for the redness of rosacea which is caused by an issue within the vascular system.

Your CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing Treatment Experience

Before your fractional laser skin resurfacing in Spring, TX, you will be given an anesthetic to minimize discomfort during your laser skin treatment. Once numb, your aesthetician will use a combination of treatment settings specifically tailored to your skin type and the degree of rejuvenation desired.

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The healing process usually takes about 10 to 14 days, depending on the extent of the resurfacing, and we’ll provide you with thorough aftercare instructions to maintain your results.

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The Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

  • Fractional CO2 lasers have a history of evidence of safety and effectiveness.
  • The fractional CO2 laser treatment can be customized to best suit your skin type and your concerns.
  • Laser resurfacing is effective for damaged and aging skin and has a range of other concerns.
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Recovery after Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Your aesthetician will cover your skin with ointment and dressings once the treatment is over, and you’ll experience swelling, along with potential scabs or crusting. Your skin will be raw and can be itchy and painful, as though you have a severe sunburn. 

Your discomfort can be managed with prescription steroids and ice packs, and you will be instructed to keep your skin protected and moist during the healing process to prevent scarring. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is necessary when you go outside.

During your consultation, we’ll explain everything you need to know about the treatment and its recovery period. That way you can enjoy total peace of mind as you get ready for the exciting results that are possible with Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Spring, TX.

FAQ

What else do I need to know about this procedure?

Are there any risks involved?

What else do I need to know about this procedure?

  • Fractional CO2 lasers can be risky if you have a medium to deep skin tone since the light beam can target cells that produce pigment.
  • The treatment may be intense.
  • Fractional CO2 laser treatments are not effective for sagging skin, which may require a surgical facelift, radiofrequency, or ultrasound treatments.

Are there any risks involved?

It is important to use a doctor and/or aesthetician who is trained and experienced in fractional CO2 laser treatments. Treatment that is too aggressive can result in scarring and burning. It will be important to follow the doctor’s instructions to prevent infection. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics after CO2 laser treatments.

There may also be pigmentation problems where the laser removes cells that produce melanin, leaving a spot without enough pigment. There is also the risk of too much pigmentation for darker spots after the procedure. Fractional CO2 laser treatments are not recommended for people who have active acne, or those who are taking Accutane. If you are prone to developing cold sores, make sure to mention it to your doctor, who may prescribe an antiviral medication to prevent a flare-up.

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Dr. Melissa Chiang Your Skin Expert

Dr. Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD is a board-certified dermatologist who offers more than 20 years of experience and fellowship training. She remains deeply committed to quality and is an expert with a high number of non-surgical treatment options. Her guidance has earned our medspa a reputation for excellence, and she routinely utilizes her extensive training to create truly exemplary results. She is an experienced expert with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing and will be excited to learn more about how she can help you meet your cosmetic goals.

Ready to get started? Reach out to us at The Woodlands or Spring, TX locations today, and speak with a helpful member of our team to set up your initial consultation.

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