Laser technology has made vast improvements in the last 20 years. Fractional CO2 is our first choice for addressing sun damage, wrinkles, and overall skin texture. Older lasers for rejuvenation were not fractional. They would treat a wide area of skin at the same time. This limited both the depth and the intensity of the treatment that could be given. With fractional treatment, only a set percentage of the skin surface is treated during each session. This allows for improved healing time and minimizes scarring.
At Farber Plastic Surgery, we utilize 2 different types of fractional CO2 laser technologies. DOT Fractional CO2 and Fraxel. DOT Fractional CO2 precisely creates thousands of microscopic holes (DOTs) in your skin, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate new collagen formation. Fraxel laser systems treat microscopic volumes of skin with each unique pulse, leaving the surrounding area intact for faster healing. In addition,to fractionated laser treatments, we offer a wide variety of types of lasers to address wrinkles, aging, acne scarring, sun spots and sun damage, scarring, stretch marks, and skin rejuvenation.
1) Which laser skin rejuvenation treatment is best for me: Fraxel or DOT?
Each treatment has its advantages. DOT fractional CO2 usually involves a single treatment. Recovery can take 1 to 3 weeks involving crusting for a couple of days with several weeks of increased redness as the skin heals. With Fraxel, the treatment is more gentle, with redness the day of treatment and a slightly grainy texture for a few days afterwards. Results are quicker and more robust with DOT Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments; however many patients prefer Fraxel due to the decreased recovery time.
2) How effective is Fraxel?
Each Fraxel session causes a wound healing response and improvements in skin color, texture and vitality. The effects of each session are additive, however, since wound healing is a long process lasting 6-12 months and involving deep layers of the skin, the final results are not apparent until that long after the last treatment.
3) Where can Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing be used?
The most common areas treated with the DOT Fractional CO2 Laser and Fraxel are the face and neck.
4) How long does the treatment take?
A treatment of the entire face takes approximately 90 minutes, including administration of local anesthesia.
5) Who performs the treatments?
Dr. Farber, a board-certified plastic surgeon, performs all treatments in our state-of-the-art facility.
Laser treatments are a powerful tool for treating a variety of skin conditions, from sun spots to acne scars. Farber Plastic Surgery has access to the most advanced lasers for customized treatment depending on your specific needs. Click hereto schedule a consultation with Dr. Farber or call 561-503-2700.