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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 
  • Versatility 
  • 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.

For instance: 

  • Fine lines as well as wrinkles
  • Warts
  • Raised birthmarks 
  • Moles
  • Acne scarring
  • Skin ageing
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Freckles
  • 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.

Side effects 

  1. Contact dermatitis
  2. Perioral dermatitis
  3. Rosacea
  4. Acne
  5. Localized infection
  6. 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.

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