Laser Skin Resurfacing
Manufactured by Lumenis, the UltraPulse Fractional CO2 laser is an FDA-approved system with many different treatment applications, including acne scarring, wrinkles, skin looseness and other effects of aging and sun damage. This safe, effective laser is most commonly used on the face, neck, chest and hands.
The UltraPulse laser is a carbon dioxide laser, which has been used for many years for effective skin resurfacing. While traditional CO2 lasers remove the entire surface of the skin in order to reveal fresh, new layers underneath, the UltraPulse laser uses fractional laser technology to effectively resurface the skin with minimal side effects and risks.
With fractional laser technology, the laser penetrates only small areas of the skin, depending on the size of the laser beam. This allows the laser to penetrate the skin deeper than before without scarring. Depending on the goals of the individual patient's procedure, different hand pieces may be utilized for this treatment.
UltraPulse Fractional CO2 Procedure
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia in your doctor's office. Some patients may choose to have individual areas of the face treated, while others seek treatment for the entire face.
After anesthesia is applied to the treatment area, the laser energy is applied to the targeted area. The damaged skin is safely removed with little to no damage to the surrounding area, allowing new, younger-looking skin to develop underneath.
Recovery from UltraPulse Treatment
After treatment, patients may experience swelling and redness. The skin may appear similar to having a mild sunburn. After about five to seven days, a new layer of skin will form and makeup can be applied to cover any remaining side effects. Pain after this procedure is minimal, and results are visible as the skin heals. Most patients return to work after a week, although when you return is up to you.
Some patients may experience a mild breakout as new skin develops, along with scabbing, peeling and flaking. These side effects are considered normal and usually go away on their own within two weeks.
Once the healing process is complete, patients often experience significant improvements to the appearance of their skin, including:
- Reduced scarring
- Eliminated areas of pigmentation
- Tightened skin
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Improved appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
Patients should avoid direct sun exposure and be sure to wear sunscreen after the UltraPulse treatment, as the new skin is highly sensitive. Most patients are very satisfied with the results of their procedure, and can enjoy rejuvenated skin that can be maintained as long as proper skin care techniques are practiced.
Safety of UltraPulse Treatment
The UltraPulse Fractional CO2 laser treatment is considered safe for most patients, and can be used on many skin types or colors. However, patients with darker skin may not be able to be treated with such aggressive settings, because of an increased risk of pigmentation after treatment.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have taken Accutane® within the last six months are generally not advised to undergo this treatment, and should talk to their doctor before doing so.
If you are interested in learning more about UltraPulse Fractional CO2 laser treatment, and to find out if this procedure is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation.