What conditions can
CO2 fractional laser therapy is ideal for the treatment of sun damage,
brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity/texture and acne scars.
If you have spent years in the sun, especially without adequate sun
protection, then you know what it can do to your skin. Wrinkles, skin
discolouration, sun spots, skin laxity may be reduced or eliminated
with fractional laser. Also, if you have deeper wrinkles, smokers lines,
scars from acne or other skin injuries, then you may also be a candidate
for this procedure at aggressive settings. While the aging process cannot
be stopped, with proper care you can maintain your rejuvenated skin’s
appearance for many years!
How CO2 fractional laser is different?
Before fractional laser, many patients endured long, often painful laser
resurfacing procedures with lengthy recoveries in order to achieve skin
rejuvenation. Historically, many procedures involved vaporising an entire
layer and surface of skin, resulting in significant downtime, discomfort
and prolonged redness. In addition, old CO2 lasers could not treat non-facial
areas like the neck and décolletage easily because skin in these
areas did not heal as well as the face.
So how is smartxide DOT laser different or better?
This utilizes a ‘dot’ pattern to create thousands of microscopic
perforations in the skin while leaving the areas around each ‘dot’
intact. This fractional laser allows for the skin to heal more quickly
from the edge of these tiny ‘dots’. The overall procedure
is safer, faster and more efficient. Dr Gheyi can customise treatment
specifically to the patient and even modify treatment during the procedure
for various skin challenges or problem areas.
The CO2 fractional laser precisely creates thousands of microscopic
holes in your skin, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate
new collagen growth. Patients are often amazed at how tight their skin
feels immediately after the procedure. Fractional laser is designed
to improve the skin’s texture and tone and to fight fine lines,
deep wrinkles, and acne scars. With the stack mode now available on
the new DOT laser-safety and results have been further improved whilst
reducing recovery period at the same time. This laser allows infinite
combinations to treat different indications. It can be used for a very
superficial weekend peel to conventional laser resurfacing for striking
results. We also use it for vapourising skin
blemishes and lumps and bumps.
What are the advantages over deep chemical peels [TCA and phenol]?
Dr Gheyi does not perform any deep chemical peels as it is not possible
to achieve precise control with these and chance of complications is
higher. Deep chemical peels also result in prolonged downtime. Lasers
are precision tools and achieve better results more safely and consistently.
What is the procedure like?
Prior to the procedure a topical anaesthetic may be applied to your
skin to make the procedure more comfortable during the treatment. You
may also be given some medication including a mild sedative. As you
lie comfortably on the couch, your skin is immediately renewed by fractional
laser. The doctor will move the laser around the treatment area utilising
customised settings. After the laser procedure is completed, a cold
compress will be applied. Your skin will be red, similar to sunburn.
You will need someone to drive you home. The redness continues for a
few days. By day three or four, you may experience some peeling as your
fresh and younger looking skin appears. During the recovery period you
will apply a hydrating lotion to keep your skin moist and promote healing.
In most cases, you may resume applying makeup after about three days.
Application of PRP can reduce downtime and improve
How long does the procedure take?
In most cases, fractional laser can be performed in less than an hour.
Local anaesthetic cream is applied for 1 hour prior to the procedure.
Deeper or conventional laser resurfacing takes longer and nerve blocks
or tumescent anaesthesia may be required. This should be considered
a surgical procedure and proper pre and post-operative care is required.
A course of medication may be prescribed.
How many treatments are required with fractional laser?
In most cases, excellent results can be achieved in a single session.
However, persons with severe wrinkling or deep acne scars may benefit
from a series of treatments spaced about one month apart. Dr Gheyi will
advise you on what results you can reasonably expect.
What precautions do I need to take after the procedure to maintain
Basic skin care, thorough cleaning and sun protection are key to ensuring
your results endure. Wear sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure whenever
possible, but especially in the weeks following treatment.
Is fractional laser safe?
CO2 dot fractional laser has received clearance from the US Food &
Fractional laser is safer than traditional laser resurfacing treatments.
Because the fractional laser creates a shallower, wider pattern, it
promotes rapid healing. Fractional laser is minimally invasive and extremely
safe, while delivering excellent results. To top