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Fractional Co2 treatment

Cape Dermatology - Skin Concerns
Cape Dermatology - FRACTIONAL CO2 LASER

Discover Fractional Co2 treatment

Do you suffer from severe wrinkling or sun damage to your skin?

Dermatologists have been eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage and other undesirable skin conditions with the help of resurfacing lasers for years.

How Are Fractional CO2 Treatments Different From Fraxel?

  • As a non-ablative laser, Fraxel changes the epidermal and dermal tissue to a semi-solid or solid state, while penetrating the outermost layer of the skin (Stratum Corneum) without breaking the skin. As a result, there is no clinical downtime and, depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment, social downtime is only 2-4 days.
  • The ablative CO2 Fractional Laser, on the other hand, still treats the skin fractionally, but it microscopically removes all layers of the skin in its treatment zone, including the outermost layer of the skin. Due to the removal of the skin’s protective barrier one can expect pinpoint bleeding and some oozing. There is a very small risk of infection following the treatment, due to breakage of the skin’s barrier function.
  • Thanks to fractional technology, the risk is much lower than traditional ablative lasers. Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment, clinical downtime may last up to two days and social downtime may last 1 week.

What Should Patients Expect And The Risks Involved?

  • Due to the aggressiveness of the treatments, patients may have some pinpoint bleeding, as mentioned above, as well as some oozing for up to 48 hours until the wounds close up.
  • The most common side effects are swelling, which usually subsides within a week, and redness, which may last up to a month.
  • Other temporary side effects may include minor itching, dry skin, peeling or flaking and a bronzed skin appearance.
  • Some of these skin reactions may not occur with all patients.