Part 1 of Our Laser Types Series: Differences in Original CO2 and Fractionated Co2 Laser Treatments Explained

No matter who you are, or where you live, your skin takes a beating.  Eventually, the combined effects from sun-exposure, medications, dehydration, and other lifestyle and genetic factors can negatively affect the appearance of your skin.  Luckily, Laser Lights offers beauty inducing laser treatments using Fraxel lasers to keep the face, neck, chest, and hands of men and women looking and feeling their best.

Lasers have come a long way since the introduction of the original CO2 laser in the mid 1960’s.  While the original CO2 laser did introduce the world to the possibility of laser skin resurfacing, it also brought an unsightly “line of demarcation” between the treated and untreated skin on its’ first patients.  The relatively recent development of Fractionated (Fraxel)  CO2 laser technology blurred that line by  using several microscopic laser columns to penetrate the secondary layer of skin (dermis) creating tiny wounds that the body heals by increasing production of collagen and elastin and generating “new skin”.   Instead of treating the entire face, fractionated lasers have the advantageous ability to target very specific areas.   The tiny amount of skin exposed to the laser at a time makes the laser useful for a variety of skin conditions including:  wrinkling, melasma (spots of skin darkening), and acne scarring.

While an effective laser treatment plan can only be developed once your level of damage and skin have been assessed, Laser Lights can also use a combination of Fractionated type lasers on your skin for areas of differing appearance.  To schedule a consultation or ask any questions about our Laser resurfacing treatments, please call (770)495-9322 or visit our website.