Even if you were born with flawless skin, it can’t escape the ravages of time: At some point, your age, your environment, and your lifestyle are reflected on the skin of your face. Skin loses its natural elasticity, the sun makes your complexion less even, and fine lines start becoming more noticeable. At Femme Next Generation Women's Care in Thousand Oaks, California, the highly skilled team offers state-of-the-art laser skin resurfacing treatments to help patients stop the clock in its tracks.
CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is considered the gold-star standard treatment for unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, large pores, age spots, uneven skin texture, scars, and other skin surface abnormalities.
This minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art technology works by delivering rapid-pulse, precision beams of light deep into the dermis of your skin to stimulate collagen growth and tighten the underlying layers.
The CO2 fractional laser is an ablative technique, which means it uniformly removes thin layers of your skin, similar to a chemical peel or dermabrasion, to further stimulate collagen production.
Although laser skin resurfacing can’t necessarily get rid of loose or saggy skin, it can correct or substantially improve a variety of common skin conditions, including:
Laser skin resurfacing isn’t right for everyone, however. Your provider at Femme Next Generation Women's Care may recommend that you avoid the treatment if any of the following apply:
It’s important to avoid unprotected sun exposure whenever possible in the weeks leading up to your skin resurfacing procedure, as it can result in permanent pigmentation changes in the treated areas.
During the procedure, your provider will give you eye shields to protect your corneas and retinas from the laser.
Because you may feel moderate discomfort from the laser, your provider will also apply a topical anesthetic to your face before the treatment, and cool your skin throughout the procedure. Most patients get the results they’re looking for after just one session.
After the treatment, your facial skin will appear bright red, almost like you have a bad sunburn. You can cool your skin with ice wrapped in a clean cloth. Any stinging or minor bleeding usually clears up within a few hours.
The treated area will be swollen for several days as the redness fades to pink and then shifts back to its natural hue. During this process, you can expect some amount of peeling as your skin naturally exfoliates itself.
You should avoid makeup for the first week after treatment, and minimize your exposure to the sun whenever possible.
Use wide-brimmed hats as you heal, and sunscreen afterward. You can expect to see results starting about 5 days after your treatment, with continued improvement for up to 6 months.