Fractional Lasers – Fraxel, CO2
Two types of fractional lasers are now in use:
- the more gentle, erbium-type fractional lasers, like the Fraxel (often called “non-ablative” by physicians), and
- the CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser systems.
In general, the Fraxel and similar lasers, such as the Fraxel Dual, are better for younger patients (under 50), fine wrinkles and mild to moderate acne scarring . The CO2 systems are better for older patients, in situations like deeper wrinkles, deeper acne scarring, and other scars, as well as some skin tightening.
The fractionated CO2 lasers can treat more deeply, but they also require more downtime than the Fraxel. CO2 lasers create more heat in the skin during treatment. The light and heat help tighten the skin by producing millions of small laser wounds. As the skin heals, it tightens and texture improves. Thus Fraxel Laser or C02 Laser has caused a wound in the skin, and such procedures will benefit from good wound care practice.
As with any advanced treatment, the care and experience of the person performing the treatment is critical to the success of the treatment and minimizes the risks.
If you and your medical or skin care expert decide that a laser treatment is right for you, it is important to prepare the skin prior to the treatment Four weeks before a laser treatment is considered a minimum amount of time to improve the health of the skin before a treatment. This preparation will speed healing time as well as improve the results.
NeoGenesis recommends the use of Recovery, abundant in S²RM®, once or twice daily after cleansing for four weeks prior to a laser. Use Recovery all over the face and neck, including the eye area and around and on the lips. Recovery is very useful if you are prone to Herpes Simplex outbreaks. For drier skin types apply Skin Serum after Recovery, and follow with our Intensive Moisturizer with its hydrating and soothing capabilities. This protocol will naturally heal and nourish the skin leading to the best possible outcome and lessen the chance of unwanted side effects.
Laser procedures will benefit greatly from the post treatment application of NeoGenesis Recovery. Used as a simple topical application once the skin has cooled from the Laser, NeoGenesis Recovery, used twice daily on clean skin, will reduce redness and irritation, enhance the effects of the procedure, and reduce the downtime. To combat the initial dryness associated with a laser treatment, apply Skin Serum following Recovery twice daily. In addition, our Intensive Moisturizer is to be applied twice daily or as needed to hydrate the skin and provide proper barrier function. The use of chemical free sunscreen is extremely important to further protect the skin.