Treating most skin related conditions is now entirely possible with the help of the contemporary procedures. In the last few decades, a lot of effort has been put in place to improve the existing procedures and to develop new treatments particularly those that are noninvasive in nature. Laser treatments too have greatly advanced and can treat a large number of skin related problems.
Fractional CO2 is one of the more recent arrivals on the scene and it is heralded as one of the most useful treatment options that are available. It is a noninvasive treatment which is used to correct a host of conditions with relative ease.
Apart from UAE, there are many clients from other countries in the region seeking this treatment. Bahrain is one of the places where we get a fair amount of our clientele from. A facility in Bahrain is a part of our plans in the near future. For the moment, our friends from Bahrain can continue getting treated at our Dubai facilities.
What is fractional CO2?
It is a laser based skin treatment which corrects a vast number of conditions. It is fractionated carbon dioxide laser which brings the same fantastic results as the traditional carbon dioxide laser without the harshness associated with it.
Which conditions can be treated with Fractional CO2?
There are numerous conditions that can be corrected with the help of fractional CO2. These include the most common aging signs of fine lines and wrinkles. The usual pigmentation problems like freckles and blemishes are also treated with it. Other pigmentation issues like Melasma and age spots too can be corrected with this laser treatment.
Acne is a common problem in teens and some continue to suffer later on as well. Fractional CO2 can remove acne by getting rid of the bacteria that causes it and unclogging the pores in the affected area. Scars left by surgery, acne and trauma too can be corrected to a great extent by this treatment. Results are as good as surgical scar removal.
Is everyone a good candidate?
Most people with the skin conditions mentioned above are ideal candidates for fractional CO2 though there are some exceptions. Pregnant women, women who may become pregnant or those who are nursing a baby should not get this treatment since not enough research work has been done to establish whether or not the treatment has any ill bearings on the mother or the child.
People with dark skin tone should also see a dermatologist prior to getting the treatment. Those who have used isotretinion or Accutane in a period of six months or less are advised against getting a fractional CO2 treatment.
How does it work?
The mechanism of work is quite simple. Shafts of carbon dioxide laser are used to make microscopic holes in the top layer of the skin in order to resurface it. As the skin crusts away over the next few days, healthier skin replaces it that has lesser appearance of the skin problem.
At the same time, the level of elastin and collagen in the skin also improve. These are two critical proteins that are required for the natural flexibility and firmness of the skin. Soon after the treatment is completed, the condition of the skin starts improving and it takes a few days for the treatment to take full effect.
Is the procedure painful?
The procedure is more or less pain free. Some discomfort is felt that is similar to snapping of a light rubber band against the skin. To numb down the pain, topical anesthetics are generally applied to the area to be treated before the procedure commences. Some practitioners also blow cool air during the treatment to allow further ease to the patient.
How long does it take?
A treatment sessions lasts for less than an hour in most cases. The exact time depends upon the area that is being covered. The face for example takes less time than most other parts of the body.
How many treatment sessions are needed?
The exact number of sessions needed vary with some factors. The condition being treated, the extent of the condition and how well the person responds to the treatment determine how many treatments should get the job done. Usually five to six treatments are enough though it can vary in individual cases.
Are the results permanent?
The resultsare quite extraordinary and the above mentioned skin conditions are corrected entirely in most cases. With good maintenance and a healthy lifestyle, the results can hold for a long time.
What are the side effects?
The most common side effects are redness and swelling in the treated area. Some itching will also take place. These issues do not require any treatment and go away on their own within the first couple of days after the treatment. In some rare cases, bruising on the skin can also take place. This is generally temporary in nature.
Photosensitivity is also developed after the treatment which can last for a couple of weeks. During this period, it is important that the sun during peak hours is avoided. When going out during the day, application of a sunscreen with a high SPF is a must. It is also important that the area treated is covered with clothing if it is other than the face. Be sure to wear a large hat to protect the skin of the face after the treatment.
Is there any downtime with fractional CO2?
Generally there is no downtime with the treatment and a person can continue his or her daily routine. Rest is recommended and it is ideal that the treatment is done at a time when you can take a few days off from work to ensure a quick recovery especially if you are getting it for the first time.
To learn more about fractional CO2 or to schedule a procedure, visit us at Laser treatment in Dubai. You can also sign up for a free online consultation if you are overseas or want to learn more before visiting by taking a minute to fill in the form given below.