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Fractional CO2 laser is a popular laser treatment used to treat various skin conditions, including wrinkles, scars, and photo-damaged skin. It is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses a carbon dioxide laser to target specific areas of the skin, promoting collagen formation and rejuvenation. In this article, we will discuss the Fractional CO2 laser treatment, how it works, its benefits, and its contraindications.

How does it work?

CO2 laser energy is absorbed in water, and as skin contains a high percentage of water, the CO2 laser is ideal for skin treatments. The fractional delivery of CO2 laser to the skin surface targets the water molecules in the skin, absorbing the laser energy, creating heat – Selective Photothermolysis. This process allows the skin to reach a temperature of irreversible thermal damage in the skin to a maximum of 2mm. The thermal trauma promotes collagen formation, stimulating the production of new skin within the Dermis and Epidermis, creating a smoother skin surface and rejuvenation of photo-damaged skin.

Benefits of Fractional CO2 laser treatment include the following:

  1. It effectively treats various skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, and photo-damaged skin.
  2. The treatment is minimally invasive and requires little downtime.
  3. It promotes collagen formation, resulting in a smoother and more youthful-looking skin.
  4. It is a safe and effective treatment with long-lasting results.

Contraindications: Fractional CO2 laser treatment is not suitable for everyone. It has several contraindications that should be considered before undergoing the treatment. Some of the contraindications include:

  1. Pregnancy
  2. Heart conditions including pacemakers
  3. Thrombosis or Thrombophlebitis
  4. Anticoagulant medication
  5. Photosensitive medications including non-prescriptive
  6. Metal prosthesis or implants
  7. Diabetes
  8. Epilepsy
  9. Autoimmune conditions
  10. Inflammation or infection in the treatment area
  11. Gold injections
  12. Haemophilia
  13. Suntanned skins
  14. Active skin preparations
  15. Self-tanning products
  16. Keloid scarring

Fractional CO2 laser treatment is an effective and safe treatment for various skin conditions. It works by promoting collagen formation, resulting in a smoother and more youthful-looking skin. However, it is important to consider the contraindications before undergoing the treatment. At our clinic, we have licensed and experienced professionals who will work with you to develop a personalised treatment plan to achieve the best possible results.

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