Facial Resurfacing~Fractionated CO2 Laser Removes Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Have you thought of having Facial Resurfacing done?  Dr. Kim and Dr. Schmid perform the Fractionated CO2 Laser procedure. A surgical laser, such as the CO2 laser, is a beam of light capable of removing unwanted tissue, such as scarred, lined, wrinkled, and otherwise imperfect skin. The laser vaporizes skin cells by emitting bursts of radiation that are absorbed by water in these cells. Laser light penetrates to a very precise, controlled depth, making the procedure safe and predictable, while reducing the risk of scarring or pigmentation problems. Laser skin resurfacing is bloodless, and is performed right here in our office, under light sedation. As a result of this treatment, you are left with more natural looking skin.
Dr Kim has taken the time to answer a few questions you may have.  If you have additional questions please call our office (321-255-7724) and set up a consultation appointment to determine if this is a procedure that will bring about the result you are looking for.
Is there any difference in a Traditional CO2,  a Fractionated CO2 laser or Carbon Dioxide (C02) Fractional Laser Resurfacing ?
There is a difference between traditional CO2, fractionated CO2 laser and fractional laser resurfacing. Essentially CO2 lasers are very penetrating, require much more downtime, and by today’s standards are just too invasive. Fractionated CO2 still uses the carbon dioxide laser source but spreads out the beams such that the thermal damage to the skin is much less than traditional straight CO2. Fractional laser resurfacing refers to treating the skin with fractionated CO2 laser and essentially burning the “old” skin off to generate the “new” fresher more youthful skin.
Do I need someone to drive me home and stay with me the day of the procedure?
I recommend having a driver on the day of the procedure if you are you are put under anesthesia. Otherwise if you just utilize the numbing cream and are not sedated at all, driving yourself home is definitely an option.
Is it okay for me to smoke right after the procedure?
I absolutely do not recommend smoking after a laser resurfacing procedure. What we don’t want is to compromise healing- both quality of healing and time of healing. Smoking will put the resurfaced skin in direct contact with the smoke which could lead to undesirable results.
I am of Indian decent and have darker skin, am I good candidate for this procedure?
If you have darker skin, the laser resurfacing is not a good idea. Darker skin types have a high potential of developing skin pigment color changes after laser resurfacing.
I am pregnant, is it safe for me to have this procedure?
As long as you are not out under sedation anesthesia, you can have a laser resurfacing procedure if you are pregnant.
I am getting married in 6 weeks, have I waited to late to have this procedure done?
Six weeks before your big day should be plenty of time to heal before you walk up to the altar. You should really plan on three weeks minimum of healing time after laser resurfacing.
How many treatments will I need for the fine lines I have around my eyes and mouth? How long can I expect the treatment results to last before another treatment is needed?
For the fine lines around the mouth and eyes it depends on the amount of lines and depth of the lines. It could take up to three treatments or as few as one. Results should last a good 4-5 years or more after the lines are adequately treated.
How long should I stay out of direct sunlight?
You should wait 8 weeks before exposing your face to direct sunlight. Remember you are thermally burning the skin with laser treatment and it needs to heal.

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