eCO2 is a fractional laser skin resurfacing system that ablates (removes) precise portions of epidermal (surface) and dermal (subsurface) skin tissue. It uses fractionated micro-beams of laser light that vaporizes skin tissue instantly while stimulating the activity of fibroblasts, a type of cell that produces collagen and extracellular matrix. As a result, it dramatically improves deep wrinkles, laxity and sun-damaged skin.
Advanced capabilities and functionality allow clinicians to deliver customized treatments with comfortably shorter treatment times providing long lasting results. Recovery is rapid, with minimal downtime.
It is recommended for treatment of the following:
How long will an eCo2 resurfacing laser treatment take?
eCO2 resurfacing laser treatments take less than an hour. However, you will need an extra hour to apply topical anaesthetic to minimize any discomfort during treatment.
Is an eCo2 resurfacing laser treatment painful?
Unlike earlier ablative lasers, eCO2 causes much less skin damage, so that treatments are less painful and heal more quickly. Prior to the procedure, the patient's skin is thoroughly cleansed and a topical anesthetic is applied the target area to minimize any discomfort.
When can I see results with the eCO2 resurfacing laser treatment?
The results of treatment are both immediate and progressive. With eCO2 , significant results can be achieved in just a single treatment. After initial swelling and redness has subsided, patients will typically see significantly improved skin tone, color and texture after the first treatment.
How long do results last?
Complete results are often obtained after only two or three treatments but a few more treatments may be required as advised by the Doctor. Results can last for up to 18 months depending on age, skin condition and how the patient protects the skin.
What is the recovery period following a treatment?
The recovery time is limited and easy to bear. Patients may return to normal daily activity within a day or two. Right after an eCO2 Resurfacing treatment, patients typically experience moderate swelling and some discomfort, which can be controlled with medication and ice packs.
What are the possible side effects and unwanted risks?
Immediately after treatment, you will observe a certain degree of redness and swelling. Other side effects may include a slight itching, dryness, flaking or exfoliation of the skin, and a tanned look.
With any ablative treatment, there is a risk of unwanted skin pigmentation changes after the skin has healed, although the risks are low. Adverse effects may have different intensity and duration, depending on your skin natural healing process and the intensity of the treatment.
Can people with different skin tones/colours be treated with eCO2 resurfacing laser?
Yes, however patients with darker skin tones may be at an increased risk for pigmentation changes regardless of which resurfacing method is used. However, using a preparatory skincare regimen as advised by the Doctor may reduce the risk.