Fractionated CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing: The Fastest-Growing Cosmetic Procedure Last Year
At Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center, we believe in giving each patient the precise treatments that are best suited to their skin and their goals. But we also believe that keeping an eye on the latest skin care trends can introduce people to options they’d never known about before. That’s why we’re fascinated to see that according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (who releases some of the most comprehensive annual data on cosmetic treatments), fractionated laser skin resurfacing was last year’s fastest-growing treatment.
Fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective treatments we provide at Laser Lights. It’s based on earlier methods of laser skin resurfacing in which the laser was used to remove damaged surface skin throughout the entire face (or other treatment area). While this was effective in reducing signs of aging and sun damage, it was a very significant procedure that required weeks of recovery time and left a distinct line around the edge of the treatment area. The fractional method, on the other hand, uses a type of laser that creates tiny “treatment zones” instead. Even though the laser only impacts small areas of skin with untouched skin surrounding them, your body’s healing process actually “fills in the gaps” and extends the rejuvenating effects throughout the entire treatment area. This treatment still produces exceptional results, but with dramatically less downtime, a lower risk of side effects, a lower cost, and no line of demarcation at the edge of the treatment area.
So exactly how popular was this innovative treatment last year? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the nationwide numbers increased by 99.5% in just one year! This isn’t a new trend either, as there were more than four times as many fractionated laser skin resurfacing treatments performed in 2017 compared to 2012. Based on our many patients at Laser Lights who have received the procedure and loved their results, we attribute its popularity to a few factors:
- Versatility, as it can address fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars or other scars, skin laxity, sun damage/age spots, freckles, and irregularities in skin texture and color for the face as well as the neck, chest, and other areas
- Easy accessibility due to the reduced recovery time
- More manageable price than traditional laser skin resurfacing
- Ability to get results in one to two treatments
- Effective, natural-looking results
As experienced medical professionals, we never recommend a treatment based solely on its popularity. However, we also encourage our patients to learn about their many options, and studying trends like this can introduce you to a great procedure you didn’t know about. If you want to learn more about fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing and find out if it can help you achieve your cosmetic goals, schedule a free consultation today. For more on the latest treatments, skin care tips, and special offers, follow Laser Lights on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.