Micro Fractional co2 Skin Resurfacing

Micro Fractional cO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Micro Fractional co2 Skin Resurfacing

Getting Fractional cO2 in Atlanta

Micro Fractional CO2 is a skin resurfacing procedure offered here at WIFH in Atlanta.

Skin resurfacing has always been a confusing subject for many patients. We like to look at skin resurfacing procedures in 2 categories: downtime procedures and no downtime procedures. Micro Fractional CO2 is considered a ‘downtime’ procedure that resurfaces the skin.

Most of our patients considering micro fractional CO2 are concerned with the same issues: large pore size, sun damage, acne scars, fine lines/wrinkles and loose skin. This treatment can address all of these issues.

It is important to note that this treatment is only appropriate for those with light skin tones.

CO2 Laser can improve:

  • Skin texture
  • Skin tightening
  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Reduces pore size
  • Collagen production
  • Reduces sun damage
  • Improves the appearance of acne scars
  • Overall anti-aging

Micro Fractional CO2 is different from traditional CO2 laser, which wounds 100% of the skin’s surface, requiring weeks of recovery and downtime. Micro Fractional CO2 only requires wounding 20% of the skin’s surface. It’s similar to aerating your lawn. By wounding only a fraction of the surface, it allows the new skin and collagen fibers to blend and strengthen the unwounded tissue. This allows for only a few days of downtime.

The micro fractional CO2 device uses 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.

This procedure is only safe for light skin types/tones and is only performed by Dr. Kulkin.

Traditional cO2 skin resurfacing carries the risk of pigmentation abnormalities; however, these are far less common with micro fractional cO2 treatments. It is imperative that you refrain from sun exposure at least 4-weeks prior to treatment. For this reason, many of our patients choose to have this procedure in the fall and winter months.

Pregnant woman should not have micro fractional cO2 laser treatments.

We have our patients pre-treat their skin prior to having their CO2 treatment. Patients will use the Obagi Nu Derm System for 4-6 weeks to prep their skin. This combination of products strengthens the skin which ensures better and faster healing and it also lessens the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

The Week Before Your Procedure

  • 3-5 days before your CO2 treatment you will discontinue the Obagi Exfoderm and tretinoin. You will continue use of all of the other products in the Nu Derm system.
  • Refrain from sun exposure and self-tanners at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had recent sun exposure you will need to reschedule your procedure.
  • Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel or IPL 4 weeks prior to your procedure.
  • The day before treatment all patients will start a prophylactic dose of Valtrex to prevent a cold sore outbreak. This protocol is used even for patients that have never experienced a cold sore in the past.
  • Micro Fractional CO2 cannot be done if you have active acne, cold sore or open lesions.

The Day of Your Treatment

There is no real prep involved on the day of your treatment. It is always preferred that you come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if you are coming from work, we will have you cleanse your face once you arrive.

If you typically exercise, we recommend doing that before coming in for your appointment as rigorous exercise is not recommend for the rest of the day.

A numbing cream will be applied to your face and left to take effect for one hour to prevent any discomfort. Our patients find that this works extremely well.

We will then cleanse the numbing cream from your face and the skin will be prepped for treatment. Eye protection will be placed and your treatment is ready to begin. A single pass will be made over the entire face ensuring coverage.

Once your treatment is complete your skin will be cleansed and Aquaphor and sunscreen will be applied.

You will be sent home with post care products and detailed instructions to promote rapid healing.

Pain/Discomfort

The numbing cream used prior to treatment is very effective so you should not feel any discomfort during treatment.

Treatment Duration/Frequency

Your actual micro fractional CO2 treatment will only take approximately 30 minutes to complete, but if you factor in numbing time you will be with us for about 1.5 hours.

The frequency of treatment will vary based on the skin concern you are looking to correct. Those trying to diminish acne scars may need to return for another treatment in 3-6 months in order to achieve the best results. For those looking for anti-aging one treatment every 3-4 years may be sufficient to maintain skin laxity and tone.

You will have immediate redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding.

You can experience some mild peeling for the first few days.

You should anticipate some redness (like sunburn) to last 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 2-3 days and then you will switch to prescribed Bactroban for another 2-3 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.

We believe consultations are very important when considering a resurfacing procedure like micro fractional CO2. Our consultations give us the opportunity to get to know you and understand exactly what you are looking to achieve with your skin. At your consultation you will meet with Dr. Kulkin discuss this procedure and what it can do for your skin. He will also review with you the preparation for this procedure for you to consider.

The cost of a CO2 Skin Resurfacing treatment depends upon the number of treatments a patient may require. Many patients will only need a single treatment to achieve their desired results. At WIFH, single treatment is $1,800, a second treatment is $1,200.

What is Fractional cO2?

Micro Fractional CO2 is a skin resurfacing procedure offered here at WIFH in Atlanta.

Skin resurfacing has always been a confusing subject for many patients. We like to look at skin resurfacing procedures in 2 categories: downtime procedures and no downtime procedures. Micro Fractional CO2 is considered a ‘downtime’ procedure that resurfaces the skin.

Most of our patients considering micro fractional CO2 are concerned with the same issues: large pore size, sun damage, acne scars, fine lines/wrinkles and loose skin. This treatment can address all of these issues.

It is important to note that this treatment is only appropriate for those with light skin tones.

CO2 Laser can improve:

  • Skin texture
  • Skin tightening
  • Fine lines/wrinkles
  • Reduces pore size
  • Collagen production
  • Reduces sun damage
  • Improves the appearance of acne scars
  • Overall anti-aging

Micro Fractional CO2 is different from traditional CO2 laser, which wounds 100% of the skin’s surface, requiring weeks of recovery and downtime. Micro Fractional CO2 only requires wounding 20% of the skin’s surface. It’s similar to aerating your lawn. By wounding only a fraction of the surface, it allows the new skin and collagen fibers to blend and strengthen the unwounded tissue. This allows for only a few days of downtime.

How Does Fractional cO2 Work?

The micro fractional CO2 device uses 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.

What are the Risks/Side Effects?

This procedure is only safe for light skin types/tones and is only performed by Dr. Kulkin.

Traditional cO2 skin resurfacing carries the risk of pigmentation abnormalities; however, these are far less common with micro fractional cO2 treatments. It is imperative that you refrain from sun exposure at least 4-weeks prior to treatment. For this reason, many of our patients choose to have this procedure in the fall and winter months.

Pregnant woman should not have micro fractional cO2 laser treatments.

Preparing for Fractional cO2

We have our patients pre-treat their skin prior to having their CO2 treatment. Patients will use the Obagi Nu Derm System for 4-6 weeks to prep their skin. This combination of products strengthens the skin which ensures better and faster healing and it also lessens the risk of post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

The Week Before Your Procedure

  • 3-5 days before your CO2 treatment you will discontinue the Obagi Exfoderm and tretinoin. You will continue use of all of the other products in the Nu Derm system.
  • Refrain from sun exposure and self-tanners at least 2 weeks prior to treatment. If you have had recent sun exposure you will need to reschedule your procedure.
  • Do not wax or have a skin treatment like a chemical peel or IPL 4 weeks prior to your procedure.
  • The day before treatment all patients will start a prophylactic dose of Valtrex to prevent a cold sore outbreak. This protocol is used even for patients that have never experienced a cold sore in the past.
  • Micro Fractional CO2 cannot be done if you have active acne, cold sore or open lesions.

The Day of Your Treatment

There is no real prep involved on the day of your treatment. It is always preferred that you come in with a clean face (no make-up), however if you are coming from work, we will have you cleanse your face once you arrive.

If you typically exercise, we recommend doing that before coming in for your appointment as rigorous exercise is not recommend for the rest of the day.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A numbing cream will be applied to your face and left to take effect for one hour to prevent any discomfort. Our patients find that this works extremely well.

We will then cleanse the numbing cream from your face and the skin will be prepped for treatment. Eye protection will be placed and your treatment is ready to begin. A single pass will be made over the entire face ensuring coverage.

Once your treatment is complete your skin will be cleansed and Aquaphor and sunscreen will be applied.

You will be sent home with post care products and detailed instructions to promote rapid healing.

Pain/Discomfort

The numbing cream used prior to treatment is very effective so you should not feel any discomfort during treatment.

Treatment Duration/Frequency

Your actual micro fractional CO2 treatment will only take approximately 30 minutes to complete, but if you factor in numbing time you will be with us for about 1.5 hours.

The frequency of treatment will vary based on the skin concern you are looking to correct. Those trying to diminish acne scars may need to return for another treatment in 3-6 months in order to achieve the best results. For those looking for anti-aging one treatment every 3-4 years may be sufficient to maintain skin laxity and tone.

Fractional cO2 Recovery Time

You will have immediate redness, swelling, and pinpoint bleeding.

You can experience some mild peeling for the first few days.

You should anticipate some redness (like sunburn) to last 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 2-3 days and then you will switch to prescribed Bactroban for another 2-3 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.

Fractional cO2 Consultations

We believe consultations are very important when considering a resurfacing procedure like micro fractional CO2. Our consultations give us the opportunity to get to know you and understand exactly what you are looking to achieve with your skin. At your consultation you will meet with Dr. Kulkin discuss this procedure and what it can do for your skin. He will also review with you the preparation for this procedure for you to consider.

Fractional cO2 Pricing

The cost of a CO2 Skin Resurfacing treatment depends upon the number of treatments a patient may require. Many patients will only need a single treatment to achieve their desired results. At WIFH, single treatment is $1,800, a second treatment is $1,200.

Fractional cO2 FAQs

How does the Fractional cO2 Laser work?

Fractional CO2 works by wounding or cutting the skin. Unlike traditional CO2 skin resurfacing that wounded 100% of the skin’s surface, Fractional CO2 only wounds about 20% of the surface. It’s similar to aerating your lawn. The new collagen fibers and skin cells will grow into the existing skin cells strengthening and smoothing the skin.

Does the Fractional cO2 Laser hurt?

A numbing cream will be used for Fractional CO2 so the treatment should be comfortable.

What will my skin look like immediately following treatment?

Your skin will appear very red (similar to a sunburn). You may also notice some pinpoint bleeding

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