CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Technology is fantastic and we have two such lasers. The Syneron CO2RE Intima laser can help you look younger longer without the risk or expense of surgery and has low down time for this type of laser. We also have a Cynosure SmartSkin CO2 Laser that we use for more severe wrinkle and scar problems, but with longer healing times:
CO2 lasers are not new, but the microablative technology employed is revolutionary and makes these lasers very useful. We’ve known for years that CO2 laser treatments are extremely effective for wrinkles, but our CO2RE Intima and our SmartSkin CO2 fractional lasers allows us to treat clients safely without general anesthesia using quick, affordable, office procedures. Wrinkle reduction is great with less down time compared to older ablative techniques. It is now possible to treat many areas besides the face—the neck, décolleté, hands, eyes, upper arms, abdomen and even genital skin. For a comparison between a surgical facelift and our laser facelift procedure visit our Laser Facelift Review page.
Most lasers treat a continuous area of skin without intentionally skipping areas. All cells in the treated area receive laser light and heat up. Skin areas that are damaged and reddish or brownish in color will selectively absorb more light and are selectively heated until some of these diseased and/or discolored cells die. The result is improved health and appearance by removing dark or discolored cells, such as sun damaged skin or melasma. This is how our Candela Vbeam Perfecta pulsed dye laser and our IPL (intense pulsed light) machines work.
Microablative lasers (also called fractional laser or fractionated lasers) like our Syneron CO2RE Intima and Cynosure CO2 SmartSkin laser work differently. There are intentional skip areas where laser light is not directed. In addition, high laser energies are directed toward certain areas which are quite small. Tiny microcolumns are created in the skin where skin tissue is vaporized. This allows laser energy to penetrate more deeply than with most lasers and produces lateral heating of nearby tissue. Skip areas are not destroyed so most of the skin surface remains intact, reducing healing time. Infection is much less common than with older ablative laser techniques, but occasionally a flare of fever blisters occurs. Antiviral medicines are given to prevent this.
Most skin tightening occurs within 3 months, but some tightening continues for about a year. The heated, but still living, tissue is stimulated to form new collagen, producing dramatic skin tightening.
To visualize the technique, think of aerating your lawn with the plugs of sod removed. This is very much what this laser does. Imagine that your lawn aerator could create deep or shallow plugs, group these plugs into various shapes, and even move the plugs closer together or farther apart on the lawn with the push of a button. Both our CO2 fractional lasers can do this–amazing.
What Skin Problems Does the CO2 Microablative Laser Treat?
• Wrinkles – both deep and fine
• Sun damaged skin
• Blotchy skin
• Brown spots and pigmented lesions
• Saggy eye skin (dermatochalasis), both upper and lower
• Ane scars
• Postoperative and traumatic scars
• Large pores
• Seborrheic keratoses
• Small spider veins
• Flat or raised moles, pigmented or light
• Active acne including blackheads
• Precancers (actinic keratoses)
• Sebaceous hyperplasia
• Rhinophyma (deformed nasal skin in men due to rosacea)
• Roughened skin from sun damage, trauma or scar
Laser Eyelid Lift & Skin Resurfacing Treatments:
We want to look younger, but our eyes show our age. TV, radio and print ads advertise “miracle creams” for everything from the treatment for sun damage skin and melasma to deep facial wrinkles and eyelid lines, but results are often poor. Even the best creams can’t compare to surgery. A blepharoplasty is plastic surgery that works well, but sometimes involves general anesthesia. It is commonly called an eye lift or eyelid lift. A full upper and lower blepharoplasty often produces good cosmetic results. The typical price for this is procedure is about $2,500-8,000! Complications sometimes occur such as asymmetry, scarring or infection.
Until recently surgery was all we had to offer for aging eye lines, dark circles and baggy eyelids. Fortunately, fractionated laser technology is a great new tool to tighten eyes and eyelids at a fraction of the cost of surgery! This new procedure has been called a Laser Eyelid Lift or the “Madonna Lift”. Prior to the procedure, we place numbing cream on the eyelid and orbital skin and Dr. Van Reken will also inject local anesthetic using lidocaine. We use special techniques to protect the eyes during laser use.
Laser Eye or Eyelid Lift (Madonna Lift) Has Quick Recovery:
Laser eye or eyelid lifts have been found to be effective when done at low laser energies and repeated about 3-5 times at intervals of about 6-8 weeks. The typical downtime after this procedure is 3-7 days. A side benefit is that the dark circles around the eyes often improve. What are the selling points of CO2 laser eye lift versus eye lift surgery (blepharoplasty)? Laser treatment is much cheaper and complications are very rare.
Madonna Laser Eye or Surgical Blepharoplasty:
To see the comparisions between the CO2RE Intima CO2 laser or Smart Skin CO2 laser Madonna Lift to the Surgical Eye Lift or blepharoplasty, click here now and see which procedure suits your eyes the best.
If you’re bothered by facial or eye wrinkles, eyelid sagging, hooding of upper eyelid skin limiting upward vision, sun damage, dark circles around the eyes or considering a cosmetic eye surgical procedure give our office a call to schedule a Laser Skin Consultation today! We also offer treatments for sun damage skin, deep facial wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, pigmented changes (melasma) caused by over exposure to the sun or other signs of skin aging.