With age and long term sun exposure, we lose some of the elasticity in our skin. Our collagen can become disorganized as well. As a result, the skin thins, wrinkles, and can eventually appear leathery. To address these issues of photoaging, we offer fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.
The fractional CO2 laser removes microscopic columns of skin, causing the skin to shrink and eventually grow back with more elasticity. The skin shrinkage helps pull out wrinkles. At the same time, the thinning of the skin is diminished. In this process, collagen is deposited and the skin can actually thicken.
Fractional CO2 lasers were once traditionally used on the face. Over the past five years, researchers have learned how to use them on other parts of the body as well, including the neck, chest, lower arms, legs, and even the hands.
Sessions last around 15-20 minutes and are spaced about 8 weeks apart with a downtime of four days on the average. For those four days, patients have a large number of very tiny black dots on the treated area, as well as redness and swelling. After a single treatment, there will often be a noticeable difference in skin elasticity.
At a Glance
Dr. Alan Rosenbach
- Board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist
- Clinical associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Reseacher, published author, lecturer
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