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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. We will discuss the benefits of fractional CO2 laser treatment and how it can improve your appearance!

deka dot CO2 laserMultiple 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?


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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.

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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!

Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment FAQs

Since the DEKA DOT CO2 laser treatment is a fractional skin treatment, it requires less recovery time than other ablative laser treatment options. During fractional laser treatments, areas of healthy skin are left intact around the fractional treatment zones; this healthy and undamaged tissue aids in the process of repairing the treated skin.

The exact amount of time needed to heal following a fractional CO2 laser treatment session varies from patient to patient. Your skin quality, the skin issues being addressed, treatment strength, and several other factors can all affect your total recovery time.

Generally, fractional CO2 laser treatment in Newport Beach requires only seven to 10 days of healing time. This will include taking time off from work and will necessitate some social downtime. During this time, you will need to follow our post-treatment care instructions closely.

At the start of the healing process after laser skin resurfacing, patients will experience a degree of redness and swelling in the treated area. A pattern of numerous tiny dots will also be visible on the skin. These issues will gradually fade as the skin recovers from the treatment.

Taking proper care of your skin as it heals will be vital, especially since it will temporarily be more prone to sun damage after DEKA DOT fractional CO2 laser resurfacing. This will include applying and reapplying sunscreen, avoiding prolonged time in the sun, and applying moisturizers as directed. To learn more about the details of recovery, look over our fractional CO2 laser post-treatment care directions.

Many non-surgical and non-invasive treatment options must be performed numerous times to create visible results. This is usually because they are completely non-ablative, meaning they do not result in any tissue removal.

Because laser skin resurfacing involves the use of an ablative laser, however, the treatment is much stronger than non-ablative rejuvenation solutions. As a result of this, fewer treatment sessions will be required to achieve impressive results. This saves patients time and money.

Each patient needs a different number of skin-resurfacing treatment sessions since each case is unique. Our experts determine each patient’s ideal number of DEKA DOT fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatments based on the patient’s needs and goals. The type and degree of skin damage being corrected can play a role in this decision, as can the size and number of areas being addressed.

Patients typically experience impressive rejuvenation and a reduction in skin issues after only a single skin-resurfacing treatment; it takes just one treatment to encourage the regeneration of damaged skin tissue using laser energy. In many cases, our experts will recommend a series of three fractional CO2 laser treatment sessions; this ensures optimal results for patients looking to achieve comprehensive skin rejuvenation.

Each resurfacing session is quick and convenient, allowing patients to avoid sacrificing their entire day for effective skin rejuvenation. Typically, it only takes around a half hour to complete a full-face treatment session in the comfort of our office.

Our patients feel that CO2 laser treatment at Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery is well worth the price for a variety of reasons. Its high-quality results have made it a popular solution for skin issues. It gives the skin a clearer and more youthful appearance, reducing the look of discoloration, fine wrinkles, sun damage, and scarring.

The technology utilized for our resurfacing treatment makes it especially worth the cost. We are proud to use the DEKA DOT fractional CO2 laser, one of the best lasers on the market, for our skin-resurfacing treatments. Its cutting-edge technology gives practitioners an incredibly high degree of control in terms of area of treatment, depth, power, and duration. This allows us to achieve custom-tailored results for each unique case.

The results of fractional CO2 laser treatments are incredibly long-lasting, helping patients avoid the costly maintenance sessions associated with superficial skin treatments. Often, patients can enjoy results for over a decade, and certain skin improvements can even be permanent.

This skin-rejuvenation treatment is also quite versatile. Along with being a trusted non-invasive option for facial revitalization, fractional CO2 laser treatment is an excellent choice for skin issues on areas that experience prolonged sun exposure, like the backs of the hands and the neck. It can also be quite effective for several other areas of the body, including the arms and legs.

The rate of collagen production in the skin tissues declines over time, resulting in sagging skin. Tightening sagging skin creates a more youthful appearance, especially in areas like the face.

Thanks to its ability to stimulate new collagen production at an advanced rate, the DEKA SmartXide DOT CO2 laser can effectively accomplish minor skin tightening. This makes our DEKA DOT fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment an excellent choice for patients with mild skin laxity.

Beverly Hills and Newport Beach patients who are specifically interested in skin tightening may be recommended to consider our Exilis Ultra treatment. This firming and tightening option is a top-of-the-line solution for excess sagging skin in regions like the neck, abdomen, thighs, and upper arms.

Exilis Ultra pairs ultrasound energy with radiofrequency energy to encourage collagen protein production in the skin. The existing collagen also contracts and becomes tighter. This results in natural-looking and long-lasting improvements in the firmness and appearance of the skin. The treatment is FDA-approved and requires no downtime afterward.

If you have a major degree of skin laxity, it may be best to undergo a facelift performed by Dr. Batniji. This form of cosmetic surgery is able to lift and tighten the tissues of the face at a deeper level. Dr. Batniji is a specialist in facial rejuvenation and has been board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. His years of experience make him an ideal option for your facelift procedure in Newport Beach.

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