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CO2 Fractional Treatments

With aging, the epidermis thins. The number of melanocytes decreases, but those remaining melanocytes, increase in size. Aging skin thus appears thinner, more translucent. Age spots may appear in sun-exposed areas. Changes in the connective tissue reduce the skin’s strength and elasticity. Aging of the skin is associated with progressive atrophy of the dermis, as well as changes in the architectural organization, leading to folds and wrinkles.

How Does CO2 Fractional Work?

The CO2 laser beam heats and vaporizes the skin tissue, instantly removing the superficial layers of the skin. Each fractional micro spot creates a thermal zone. Intact cells around the treated area help during the healing process. This process induces cell regeneration. The fractional CO2 laser heats water within the surface layers of the skin, causing both the water and the tissue of the skin to turn to vapor. Every time the laser passes over the skin, some of the outermost layers of the skin are removed in a precise and controlled way to the appropriate depth.

What to Expect

The skin then heals over a period of time, as new layers of collagen are produced. The treatment results in an improvement in the appearance of sun damaged or acne scarred skin. In addition, the post treatment skin will have a healthy look along with a better texture and tone.

This intensive treatment can significantly reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and pigment (or skin color) changes on the face, neck, and other parts of the body. They can be used in sensitive areas, such as lines around the lips, eyes and even eyelids, or over the whole of the face. Acne and other types of scars and certain stretch marks can also be improved.

Results

The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance of the skin. There is an immediate tightening. Removes sun spots, reduces pore size, wrinkles, acne scars via soft tissue coagulation, and other textural irregularities. There is a progressive improvement of the skin appearance due to the continued collagen production for resulting in added improvements for 6 months following the treatment. Immediate tightening and textural improvement is seeing after one week of the procedure.

Textural Irregularities

Several factors contribute to an even complexion, including the amount of collagen and elastin present in the skin. Collagen and elastin are the proteins responsible for skin elasticity, tone, and texture, and are affected by diet, age, hormones, skin products, cosmetic treatments, and overall health. In order to achieve smooth skin and a radiant complexion, it is important to understand how these factors affect one another. The first step you can take to improve your skin texture is to identify the culprits behind less-than-perfect skin.

There are several environmental factors that can cause the skin to appear blotchy and uneven. These include wind, dirt, chemicals, arid climates, smoking, pollution, and ultraviolet radiation (which causes sun damage). All of these elements strip the skin of its natural collagen and elastin fibers, causing it to appear dry, rough, and wrinkled.

Age also plays a role in the formation of wrinkles, age spots, blotchiness, and rough skin texture. Wrinkles, fine lines, and an uneven skin complexion all develop as a part of the natural aging process. Fortunately, it is possible to reduce the outward signs of aging by following a careful regimen of skin care and protection.

Specific skin conditions such as acne, rosacia, psoriasis, and allergies can severely affect the skin.s overall health and contribute greatly to blotchiness and uneven skin texture. If you experience excessive inflammation, itching, dryness, or pain, it is important to incorporate treatment for your specific condition into your skin care plan.

Dyschromia

Irregular or patchy discoloration of the skin that can be caused either by variations in pigment density (melanin), changes in blood vessels (vascular changes), or growth of foreign organisms on the skin. Mottling or mottled skin refers specifically to vascular changes in the skin which cause a patchy appearance.

Photo-Damaged Skin

Large Pores. Uneven Skin Tone

Photodamaged or sun damaged skin is something few escape. Photodamage occurs with exposure to sunlight (UVA or UVB) whether or not we intentionally suntan. Twenty five percent of our lifetime exposure occurs before the end of our teenage years.

Photodamage to skin manifests in a variety of ways including:

  • advanced aging or wrinkling
  • uneven or “pebbly” skin
  • irregular pigmentation
  • small blood vessels or red markings (telangiectasias)
  • rough or scaly patches (actinic keratoses)
  • freckles (ephilides)
  • “liver spots” and “age spots” (lentigines)
  • thinned or fragile skin
  • pre skin cancers
  • skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma)

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This page was last updated on 07/16/2014 4:50 PM PST by Staff at Oasis MD
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