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What Do Fractionated CO2 Lasers Treat?

Laser resurfacing is the “one-stop shop” of skin rejuvenation treatments. Thanks for their ability to target a diverse range of blemishes, laser therapies work for men and women of all ages who want a smoother, clearer complexion. Over the last few years, the Fractionated CO2 laser has replaced earlier generations of lasers due to its ability to create superior results with less downtime. 

To determine if Fractionated is right for you, contact our clinic in Paramus at (201) 251-6622, or check out the guide below:

What Makes the Fractionated CO2 Laser Special?

The Fractionated Laser: 

  • dissolves damaged and discolored skin cells without harming the healthy tissue around them, leaving you with a more even skin tone.
  • stimulates collagen production that tightens skin, helping hollow regions look fuller and scars blend better with the surrounding skin. 
  • fills wrinkles with new skin created by collagen production. 
  • resurfaces skin with new cell growth, imparting the refreshed glow only new skin cells provide.

Fractionated CO2 lasers splits the laser beam into numerous “microbeams” that pierce tiny columns in the skin, instead of ablating the entire top layer of the epidermis. This minimally invasive approach stimulates cellular renewal while allowing the skin to regenerate quickly following exfoliation. As a result of this innovation, our patients report significantly less redness and irritation after Fractionated, as compared to other laser treatments or chemical peels. 

Here at Art Plastic Surgery, we offer 2 Fractionated CO2 laser options : the Alma Pixel CO2 laser and the Cynosure Icon 1540. The powerful Alma Pixel CO2 is effective with just one treatment. The more gentle Cynosure Icon 1540 results in minimal downtime but requires four to five treatments for maximum effectiveness.

Could a Fractionated CO2 Laser Treatment Be Right for You?

Fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing can effectively treat all the following cosmetic concerns.

1. Fine Lines, Wrinkles, and Other Problems With Skin Texture

Fine lines, wrinkles, rough patches, and thin, “crepey” skin all link to problems with collagen density and distribution. As we get older, the amount of collagen in our skin declines, reducing skin volume, elasticity, and hydration. Collagen deposits also start to clump together in irregular patterns, creating skin that is thin and fragile in some areas, while being thick and rough in others. 

The Fractionated laser addresses these issues by remodeling collagen. It dissolves dense collagen deposits and stimulates the production of new collagen in areas where the skin is thin and wrinkled. After a Fractionated treatment, your skin will gradually regenerate a smoother, fuller, more even surface.

2. Acne Scars

Pitted acne scars respond poorly to topical treatments because they consist of thickened collagen deep beneath the skin’s surface. Fractionated laser beams can access the dermis, which is the layer of skin below the epidermis, to dissolve this thickened collagen, thereby treating the root cause of acne scars.

3. Signs of Sun Damage

Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular treatments for sun damage, along with chemical peels. Lasers heat the pigment called melanin in age spots and freckles, effectively dissolving them without harming healthy surrounding skin. The Fractionated laser can also treat actinic keratosis, a type of potentially pre-cancerous skin growth caused by UV radiation.

4. Sagging Skin

Because it stimulates collagen production, the Fractionated C02 laser firms and plumps your skin. Improvements continue for up to six months as the collagen continues its rejuvenation. You’ll not only lose wrinkles, you’ll regain a glow associated with younger skin.

Talk to Our Team of Plastic Surgeons in Paramus, NJ, About Fractionated Laser Therapy

Achieving a radiant, healthy glow doesn’t have to sting. With the Fractionated CO2 laser, we can deliver superior skin rejuvenation, without discomfort or downtime. To learn more about Fractionated laser therapy, contact our team of plastic surgeons in Paramus for personalized advice.