About Micro Fractional cO2 Skin Resurfacing
Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing is a type of Skin Rejuvenation offered by WIFH.
Skin rejuvenation, also known as skin resurfacing, has always been a confusing subject for our patients.
This section of our web site is dedicated to making this easy, so that you can make an educated decision about helping your skin look its best.
Most of our patients deal with the same issues: large pore size, sun damage, acne scars, fine lines/wrinkles and loose skin. Dr. Kulkin has extensive experience with each of these issues. We have developed a simple and easy approach to help you understand skin improvement and the treatment options that are available to you.
We divide our procedures into DOWNTIME Procedure- (Fractional C02, also called a Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser) and our NO DOWNTIME Procedure (Affirm Laser).
Fractional cO2 Skin Resurfacing (Downtime)
Dr. Kulkin, and most laser experts, feels that fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is the best procedure available for laser skin resurfacing. It is so effective, that many facial plastic surgeons perform this procedure in conjunction with face-lifts to further enhance surgical results.
It effectively tightens the skin, reduces sun damage, shrinks pore size, diminishes acne scars, and smooths fine lines and wrinkles, including those around the mouth. See before and afters here.
The Fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Procedure
Before we perform this procedure we apply a numbing cream to your face for one hour, to prevent any discomfort. Our patients find that this works extremely well.
After washing your face thoroughly, we use a computer guided laser to deliver the energy in a grid-like pattern which creates “micro wounds” in the skin.
Heat from the laser enters these wounds stimulating new collagen to be produced, resulting in younger, more vibrant looking skin.
This new technology allows us to wound only about 20% of the skin’s surface, the benefit is having only a few days of downtime and rapid healing. The laser also remodels the existing collagen making your skin much smoother.
The result…it diminishes the appearance of scarring, improves texture, reduces pore size, eliminates sun damage and tightens the skin.
The fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure takes approximately 20-30 minutes. You will have immediate redness and swelling, and possibly some mild peeling for the first few days. You should anticipate some redness (like sunburn) for up to seven days after the procedure.
We provide all patients post-procedure skin care products to be used for the week following treatment. You will apply Aquaphor (similar to Vaseline) to your face for the first two days and then Cetaphil lotion for another two days. Many of our patients are able to apply make-up as early as three days after the procedure, but be prepared to spend 4-5 days without make-up. Because your skin is responding like it would to a wound, you will continue to see plumping and smoothing of the skin for up to six months following your treatment.
While the downtime may seem significant, be assured there is no pain associated with this procedure and our patients have been thrilled with the results. Sun damage reduction has been quite dramatic.
It is important to note that this procedure is only performed on light skin types. While most patients will only require one treatment, there are those that may require additional sessions (ie. Deep acne scarring).
Feel free to call us or email if you have any additional questions or if you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation.
Cost of cO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing