Laser Resurfacing St. Petersburg
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a procedure that reduces or eliminates fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun spots, unwanted pigment, scars and uneven skin tones potentially shaving years off the face, neck, chest and hands. The CO2 laser can also reduce or eliminate the small veins around the nose or on the cheeks from aging and rosacea.
Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing yields the fastest healing and with minimal downtime depending on the level of treatment desired. Mild treatments can be healed in 48 hours allowing patients to apply makeup 3 days after treatment. Higher intensity treatments will yield the most change but may take an average of 3 to 5 days to heal.
Fractional laser technology is what allows this procedure to heal so fast compared to traditional CO2 used years ago that resulted in several weeks of downtime. Who has 3 weeks of their busy schedule to give up? That’s why the Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing procedure has become so popular. Patients can have their mild procedure on a Friday and be back at work Monday wearing makeup.
What to Expect
Patients have the option of taking a sedative and pain pill an hour before the procedure. 45 minutes before the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin. Just before the procedure, local anesthetic is injected in 6 locations to numb key areas of the face. Treatment of the face then takes an average of 15 minutes. Cool, wet compresses are applied followed by an emollient consisting of petrolatum.
Beginning the day of the procedure, patients will wash their face with a facial cleanser every 4 hours and reapply the emollient supplied to them. Itching may occur, but typically there is no pain after the procedure. Some patients describe the sensation as being similar to a sun burn. Typically, if there is a history of cold sores, an antiviral prescription will be provided to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak.
Once a laser patient has completely healed, it’s important to protect your investment. Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) can develop after any event that causes inflammation including laser treatments, chemical peels, radiofrequency treatments, surgery, or acne. The inflammatory process stimulates melanocytes to make pigment which can undo the progress gained from fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. Dr. Newman typically recommends sun screen and skin care to prevent PIH and to protect your investment.
Patients taking Accutane or Isotretinoin should notify their treating surgeon because laser resurfacing should not be done for at least 6 months after stopping that medication.
IF you are interested in looking younger by reducing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles, unwanted pigment and dilated veins (telangiectasias) with minimal downtime, call 727-897-5444. Board certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Christopher Newman has over 11 years of experience with lasers and would be happy to evaluate you to see if you are a candidate.