Aging skin can show various symptoms, the most common of which are fine wrinkles, brittleness, dull tone, increasing prominence of age spots and freckles, and enlarged pores. Laser skin rejuvenation has evolved quickly over the past decade, and dermatologists now have better and more effective instruments available for treating a targeted area of the facial skin. A carbon dioxide (CO2) laser delivers pulsated, scattered beams of light that penetrate through the skin layers one at a time, purposely damaging cells in a manner that stimulates the rapid creation of healthier tissue.
We get a lot of questions about laser skin rejuvenation treatments and whether the energy from the laser is dangerous. The fact is, modern instruments can now be calibrated so efficiently so as to target wrinkled or discolored skin without actually harming the lower layers, meaning that replacement skin creation is entirely possible without the offsetting problem of permanent skin layer damage.
This type of laser skin rejuvenation procedure can correct problems such as fine lines and crow's feet occurring near the eyes and mouth. It also helps to diminish localized hyperpigmentation, especially acne scarring, injury scarring, and age spots. To determine whether or not you are a likely candidate, you will want to schedule a consultation with us so that we can examine your facial skin and make recommendations for treatment.
How the CO2 Laser Works
This laser skin rejuvenation instrument delivers shafts of laser energy that penetrate through the skin layers one level at a time. The epidermis is affected first, then the beams pass through and are absorbed by the dermis. This is much like any other fractional laser in that tiny channel wounds are created. However, a CO2 laser offers the practitioner more control over the procedure because of the energy frequency the instrument produces. It's also safer for penetrating to the lower dermal layers because the tissues adjacent to the channel wounds don't heat up much and, therefore, suffer no damage.
Since the treatment involves the creation of tiny “wounds”, the body responds by rushing nutrients to the affected areas. Collagen production goes into high gear, meaning eventual smoothing out of fine lines. Deeper problems like injury scars become less noticeable because the dermis is being treated along with the epidermal layer.
Find Out More About CO2 Laser Resurfacing
This is a great laser skin rejuvenation procedure that can easily be incorporated into your schedule. Make an appointment at Supriya MD Dermatologist to get started. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Jupiter or West Palm Beach!