Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment
Fractional CO2 laser treatment is a medical procedure that uses lasers to improve the appearance of the skin. The DEKA DOT system, preferred by board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Rami Batniji, is one of the most innovative and safe technologies used for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. It is often used as a non-surgical option to treat wrinkles, sun damage, scars, and other skin conditions by jumpstarting the body’s natural skin regeneration process.
A Breakdown of Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
Fractional CO2 laser treatment can be performed on the face, neck, chest, or hands. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of fractional CO2 laser treatment and how it can improve your appearance!
Multiple laser treatments are available; each comes with its specialty, capabilities, and potential risks. A fractional CO2 laser is known to be less risky than many other solutions, primarily because of its ability to repair scarring, discoloration, sun damage, and natural effects of aging in the skin. An important component of fractioned laser treatments are they only focus on treating fractions of the skin, which leaves treated areas between untreated areas of the skin. This pattern-like marking on the dermis is what encourages regeneration of new skin.
A CO2 laser can work wonders for acne scars, tighten the skin, and promote healthier-looking skin. With the help of a fractional CO2 laser treatment, you’ll get the benefit of collagen synthesis and skin regeneration that many other treatments simply can’t provide. It also offers consistent results, including a recovery time that’s hard to beat.
After your treatment, you’ll also notice a gradual improvement in the quality of your skin thanks to the increase in collagen production, delivering long-lasting, satisfactory results. It’s also important to note that different CO2 lasers on the market can handle this procedure. We specifically use one of the best. The DEKA DOT fractional CO2 laser. Although a few of the benefits of this procedure are mentioned above, the list of potential benefits is quite extensive.
What Is the Full Scope of Benefits I Can Expect?
Every person’s skin is unique, but everyone can reap the long list of benefits of the treatment. Not only can it be used for the face, but it’s also a viable option for the neck, body, and hands, so you can tackle any area of the body where you’d like to improve. The results from this treatment will also minimize any tightening procedures you may need in the future, and it’s an excellent choice to handle various discolorations in the skin, whether they’re too dark or too light.
Those with fairer skin are prone to have more noticeable brown or red spots, which can become increasingly apparent as they age. The fractional CO2 laser can quickly improve the appearance of these spots with minimal effort. Aside from the cosmetic benefits the CO2 laser provides, it can even help reduce lesions that may be precancerous, which can drastically affect your health as you age. Many people are happy to learn what’s possible with a fractional CO2 laser treatment, and it’s known to provide some of the best results regarding resurfacing and skin rejuvenation.
How Much Does the Treatment Cost?
Thankfully, the CO2 laser treatment cost isn’t the most expensive cosmetic treatment, among others. It’s important to consider that the cost of your particular procedure is bound to vary from what you may find online, but you can expect a general price range before you have your consultation with your surgeon. If you’re looking at only a facial treatment, you can expect the procedure to range anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000, depending on your particular circumstance. Of course, if you’re looking to work on multiple areas of the body during a single operation, this will only increase the cost.
Nevertheless, our experienced providers will break down the total cost of your procedure during your consultation. As with most cosmetic procedures, health insurance won’t be able to help you here. Because of this, most plastic surgeons will offer various payment solutions to make the treatment available and affordable. Regardless of the cost, the treatment is a large commitment that’s bound to provide substantial results.
Laser Resurfacing for Darker Skin
A common myth is that laser resurfacing is only safe for light skin types. While it is true that certain lasers pose more challenges when working with darker skin, there are safe and effective resurfacing options available. Lasers like the Nd: YAG, which we utilize at our Newport Beach and Beverly Hills offices, have wavelengths perfect for skin darker types. At Batniji Facial Plastics, we individualize the skincare recommendations based on the patient’s specific skin condition. A laser resurfacing patient with a lighter skin tone doesn’t really need much in terms of skincare prep before the laser whereas the darker skin tone patient would benefit from pre-treating the skin with our skin-brightening pads, retinol, and using sunscreen.
What Risks are Associated with the Procedure?
Although fractional CO2 laser treatments are known to be very low risk in comparison to many other laser treatments, they aren’t entirely risk-free. It’s possible to encounter minor burns or irritation from the laser’s heat, and in more severe cases, scarring can occur. Keep in mind that scarring would be rare, considering the precision and safety that comes with the DEKA DOT laser.
There are other known risks that are more niche, which include a change in the skin’s pigmentation, whether darker or lighter. It can also cause a bacterial infection if the operation isn’t properly executed and managed and even reactivate herpes cold sores. Once again, these are not common by any means. With the quality and safe results that fractional CO2 laser treatments are known for, it’s highly unlikely you’ll encounter the more severe risks mentioned above.
You also need to consider that your skin may go through some changes as it heals from the procedure. Many of these are quite normal and shouldn’t be considered a risk to your health. Of course, your surgeon should make you aware of these changes beforehand, and if you run into any health complications, they should be equipped to manage that as well. Nevertheless, the professionals you’ll encounter at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery will keep you thoroughly informed throughout every step of your procedure, so nothing comes as a surprise. We only utilize leading-edge technologies for our patients, and your health, safety, and satisfaction are our number one concern from the beginning to the end.
Book an Appointment
If you’d like to schedule and consultation with Dr. Batniji and his team of highly-skilled nurse practitioners, Ashley Lankford and Charlotte Bader, to discuss your goals for treatment and examine your skin, contact our Newport Beach location today!