CO2 Fractional Laser This is a fractional laser that does not have the prolonged downtime of the conventional CO2 laser, yet delivers similar results. It is a treatment for fine lines, acne and surgical scar reduction, photo-ageing and pigmentation. It can also help skin laxity. The laser targets the water in the tissue and makes very fine cores in the skin. The subsequent healing leads to collagen production and resultant skin tightening. The laser can also be used to treat localized problem areas such as fine upper lip lines, lines under the eyes, acne scarring and some types of moles and warts. There is an initial consultation fee of £50 with Dr Patel, refundable against the cost of the treatment. Treatment Summary Procedure Time 2-4 hours Recovery Time 5 - 7 days Anaesthetic Yes, Anaesthetic cream Back to Work 5 - 7 days Duration of Results Permanent No. of Treatments 1 - 3 Treatment Prices Treatment Cost CO2 Fractional Laser Full Face from £1,000 Smokers Lines £500 Acne Scaring £500 Crows Feet £500 Frequently Asked Questions What does the treatment involve? This cosmetic procedure removes the top layers of the skin, called the epidermis, with less of a risk of creating a scar than surgery. The laser beam core exposes and heats the deeper layer of skin, called the dermis. This encourages collagen protein production to help repair damaged skin. The treatment is carried out with topical anaesthetic that is applied to the skin for an hour prior to the procedure. Antibiotics and antiviral medication are given before and for a few days after the procedure We recommend for optimum results to prep the skin four to six weeks before commencing treatment to prevent pigmentation problems. What areas can be treated? Fractionated CO2 lasers excel at treating deeper wrinkles, more severe textural changes from sun damage, wrinkles, blotchiness, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars. It can be used on the delicate eyelid skin and around the mouth. It is also a very effective treatment for sun damaged skin How many sessions will I need and how far apart should I have them? The number of sessions depends on the extent of your sun damage, scarring or wrinkles, and on how much downtime you can accept. If you can tolerate 5-7 days of downtime, you would generally need only 1 or 2 fractional CO2 treatment. Am I a suitable candidate / what are the Contra-indications? Anyone is suitable for this treatment. The main Contra-indication of this treatment is pregnancy however you may also be an unsuitale candidate due to very thin steroid damaged skin and reduced immune response from medication or medical conditions. . If you are not sure if you are a suitable candidate please contacts the clinic for further advice. What results can I expect? You will see some immediate results but you won’t see the full results for 3-6 months. After your skin heals, which may take up to 3-14 days, there will be a period of 4 to 6 weeks after that when your skin might be slightly pink. During this period, your skin will feel smoother and looks less blotchy. As the color returns to normal, you will see fewer lines, less blotchiness, and more glow. Are there any side effects? Complications and side effects are rare. However there a few that should be considered when thinking of having this treatment: Pain. Most people feel very little pain during treatment. There is mild discomfort in the area for the first day after treatment. Redness. A pink colour may persist for two weeks to two months after the laser surgery Crusting is rare but peeling is common. Once the surface is treated, it may be sensitive to the sun for approximately 4-6 weeks. Pigment Changes. The treated area may heal with increased or decreased pigmentation. This is rare and occurs most often in darker skin and 2-6 weeks after treatment. Immediately after laser surgery, there will be swelling of the skin. This is a temporary condition and will resolve over three to seven days. Scarring. There is a very small chance of scarring.. To minimize chances of scarring, it is important to follow post-operative instructions carefully. Downtime and Aftercare / post treatment advice? Your skin will peel for 2-7 days and will be pink for 3 to 6 weeks. This healing all depends on how deep your treatment is. Avoid bathing with very hot water, strenuous exercise, and massage for 2–3 days post laser skin care treatment. Wait at least 12 hours (next morning) to wash your face. Cleanse your face with a mild cleanser. Use the cleanser for the duration of the healing process. DO NOT use any scrubs or irritants such as Retin-A, Benzoyl Peroxide or any astringents. The skin always should be patted dry and NOT rubbed. Makeup should not be used for at least 5 days post treatment. Most makeup is moisturizing, which can sometimes prevent the peeling process. If makeup is absolutely needed, we recommend using new makeup to reduce the possibility of infection. Avoid direct sun exposure and tanning beds for at least 1–2 months post treatment in order to reduce the chance of dark or light spots. A powdered mineral makeup can be worn during the healing process as a sunscreen, but make sure the makeup is new and the brush is clean. Sun exposure delays the process of healing. It can also cause damage to the healing skin and cause undue pigmentation and textural changes that may be lasting. Avoid tweezing, waxing, bleaching or chemical peels during the course of the healing process. What is the treatment cost? CO2 Fractional Laser Full Face £1000 Small Individual Areas From £400 Testimonials P.W - Rochester "I would like to say thank you for helping me to achieve my desired results! My Skin has never looked better. The Co2 laser did wonders for my skin, actually tightening the skin under my eyes. I could not believe it - no scalpel, no IV, and real results! I will do the Co2 laser again next year! I am enjoying my rejuvenation – bought some new clothes, walking a little taller, smiling more and feeling pretty again! Cannot thank you enough"