The fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment is an ablative fractional resurfacing procedure that effectively improves depressed scars without the complications associated with a full ablative resurfacing. The treatment is quite uncomfortable and the application of topical anesthesia before the procedure is mandatory. The fractional CO2 procedure, though it follows the principle of all the fractional lasers, allows for deeper penetration as compared to the YSGG and Erbium lasers.
Immediately post-treatment, the area treated will feel sore with some burning sensation. A post-laser cream is given to hasten healing. Pinpoint bleeding and redness are common and scabbing will be noted within the next couple of days. These scabs come off in a week or 10 days.
The fractional technology of the carbon dioxide laser allows for better resurfacing and correction of skin imperfections with noted results after the first treatment. Recovery is faster and downtime is minimal compared to a full ablative resurfacing procedure. Improved appearance of photodamaged skin and shrinking of pores may also be noted.