New eCO2 Laser Technology
New technology in laser resurfacing can now treat a “fraction” of the skin, which allows for faster healing times. It can also be used to treat with a wider range of skin problems by the application of more variable energies and improved precision.
The new eC02 laser technology produces small micro-laser beams that radiate into the skin and produce microscopic ablative columns (MAC’s) or small areas of injury to the skin. The treatment of a fraction of the skin allows for faster recovery of the treated areas. The ablative nature of this laser is responsible for more predictability and consistency in results when
compared to non-ablative technology. By adjusting the energy, the physician can precisely control the depth of penetration of the laser beam on the skin and perform resurfacing at different levels Patients can get a wide variety of laser peels, from light, to intermediate, and deep peels, allowing the surgeon to treat a wide variety of skin problems.
Controlled Chaos Technology
eCO2 laser technology uses Controlled Chaos Technology (CCT) to radiate multiple microscopic laser beams creating an irregular pattern that helps avoid linear demarcation along non-lasered areas. CCT allows for more natural results.
Why Is eC02 Better?
A full can be treated in about 20 to 45 minutes with minimal downtime when compared with traditional CO2 laser resurfacing. It is used for:
- Lines & deep wrinkles on face
- Tighten skin on face and neck
- Improve appearance of scars
- Improve skin tone around eyelids jowls and neck
- Improve sun-damaged skin and texture in the face, chest and hands
What to Expect?
The mode of anesthesia will vary depending on the depth of the laser treatment. Light laser treatments will require topical anesthesia with lidocaine based ointment. In some cases, intermediate laser treatments will require the use of local anesthesia via nerve and regional blocks. Intravenous (IV) sedation is used for most full face deep laser treatments.
Is it Painful?
In most cases pain is minimal after the
treatment and during the recovery. Oral analgesics can be used for mild discomfort.
How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Patients undergoing light treatments, may benefit from 2 to 3 treatments spaced over several months. Intermediate to deep treatments do not require multiple stages, but at times may benefit from small touc up sessions.
Recovery from light superficial treatments may require 1-3 days Makeup may be used during this time. Intermediate treatments may require 4-5 days before makeup can be applied and deep treatments may take 7-10 days for recovery. Redness and swelling are more common with intermediate and deep laser treatments.
Pink discoloration is normal and is temporary, and can be camouflaged with makeup. Light superficial laser treatments require minimal to no downtime, and is beneficial for patients with fine lines and discoloration of the skin.
Sun protection after the laser treatments is required to protect and prevent side effects such hyperpigmentation and prolonged redness. It is recommended to use sunblocks with at least 50-65 SPF.
Surgery and Laser
eC02 laser can often be used in conjunction with other facial surgeries such as facelifts, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), endoscopic browlift and fat transfers. In fact, many patients will benefit from a combination of aesthetic options.
During the consultation period, the doctor will make an assessment and customize a treatment plan specific to your skin and treatment objectives.