Conventional Co2 Laser
Conventional Co2 Laser
The Conventional Carbon Dioxide laser uses a specific wavelength of light. It even allows its laser energy to be well absorbed in water. In fact, CO2 lasers are safe and precise.
Benefits of the Conventional CO2 laser
- Higher precision
- Targeting specific tissue
- Least invasive
- Short recovery
In fact, the Carbon Dioxide laser is a broad and versatile laser. It is useful to treat various types of skin conditions.
Moreover, it is a unique type of laser. This is because it can be used for resurfacing as well as excisional and incisional procedures.
- Fine lines as well as wrinkles
- Raised birthmarks
- Acne scarring
- Skin ageing
- Keloid and hypertrophic scars
- Lastly, melasma
However, there are certain cases, when the CO2 laser isn’t a good option. For instance:
- In case of a history of keloids or hypertrophic scars
- When the patient took retinoids in the previous six months
- Recent treatment with chemical peels or dermabrasion
- Active bacterial or viral infection at the treatment site
- Connective tissue diseases
- Lastly, HIV or hepatitis C infections
How does the procedure work?
The laser beam penetrates the superficial layers of the skin. As a result, it reaches the dermis.
As a result, tiny microscopic areas of thermal damage occur.
This, in turn, stimulates cell turnover and new collagen production.
Therefore, it helps replace damaged skin with new cells.
The procedure entails:
- Cleaning the treatment area.
- Applying a local anaesthetic to it.
- Treating each skin lesion individually with the laser.
- Lastly, bandaging the treated area.
The procedure takes about 30-60 minutes.
Pre and Post-procedure Care
- Stop smoking for two weeks before and after the procedure.
- In fact, certain medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, as well as vitamin E need to be discontinued ten days prior.
- Patients may take antibiotics and antiviral medications before as well as after the procedure.
- Moreover, the treated area should be clean.
- Dermatologists prescribe an ointment to prevent scab formation.
- Putting ice on the areas with swelling, itching or stinging helps.
- Also, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.
- Contact dermatitis
- Perioral dermatitis
- Localized infection
- Hypertrophic scarring
The side effects depend on the:
- Skin condition
- Skin type & sensitivity
- The immune response of the patient.
However, one can minimize them with pre and post-procedure care routines.