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Doctor insights on: Fractional Co2 Laser Recovery Time

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I just had co2 laser resurfacing done under my eyes. What can I do to help recovery?

I just had co2 laser resurfacing done under my eyes. What can I do to help recovery?

Avoid the sun: Laser resurfacing is a controlled burn injury. Because the skin of the lower eyelids is about the thinnest in the body, treatment here has to be very shallow, thus the area should heal very quickly. The healed area will be very sun sensitive until the redness fades out. If it tans while still red, it may tan permanently, so use sunscreen! ...Read more

Dr. Michael Kulick
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Co2 Laser (Definition)

A co2 laser basically works on soft tissues rather than bone so it is effective on skin and inside the mouth or other mucosal tissues it vaporizes a very small area and the adjacent tissues are unharmed you can even use it to remove tattoos from the ...Read more


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What is the difference between co2 and fractional co2 laser?

What is the difference between co2 and fractional co2 laser?

% of area treated: Co2 laser is treatment of the entire surface of the skin of an area. While it yields the most dramatic improvement it also has the longest recovery and risk for complications such as scarring, infection and pigmentation changes. Fractionated co2 laser delivers laser light in columns, and thus only treats a percentage of the skin. Results are usually good, with much less recovery and risk. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: co2 laser?

Laser: A co2 laser basically works on soft tissues rather than bone so it is effective on skin and inside the mouth or other mucosal tissues
it vaporizes a very small area and the adjacent tissues are unharmed
you can even use it to remove tattoos from the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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Just had co2 laser on part of back. How should I shower? When can I shower normally? Do I have to cover the area when I shower?

Just had co2 laser on part of back. How should I shower? When can I shower normally? Do I have to cover the area when I shower?

Wetting lasered skin: Ideally, you should be asking this of your doctor who did your procedure. Everyone has different protocols following laser. If you were my patient, you would have received instructions on when you could shower (24 hours later) and that you should avoid hot water and any kind of vigorous scrubbing of the area. Ointments are applied to keep the skin from drying out until your skin is healed. ...Read more

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How painful is a co2 laser for removing warts?

Minimal: Using a laser should decrease pain associated with wart removal. But some pain is involved. ...Read more

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Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

No: No provided some anesthetic cream is used. However, sometimes better to scrape them off using local anesthetic. ...Read more

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Is fraxel repair a co2 laser? I'm confused about the whole fraxel differences.

Either one: There is a fraxel erbium laser and co2 laser. Fraxel means that liitle holes are created in your skin by the laser surrounded by normal skin. This way the skin heals faster than with the older erbium or co2 lasers where the entire surface of the skin was removed. While these lasers gave excellent results in wrinkling there was a high risk of infection, prolonged redness and delayed lightening of ski. ...Read more

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What is the cost of fractioned co2 laser treatment?

Can be variable: Hi. Fractional co2 laser costs can be quite variable. The costs depends on where you are located, the degree or depth of the treatment and if you purchase a package of treatments or a single treatment. In our area, the costs can range between $750-1500. ...Read more

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How long does fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing usually last?

How long does fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing usually last?

Several years: Most patients who undergo fractional co2 resurfacing will see improvements up to 6 months after treatment. These laser treatments rejuvenate the skin (reduce wrinkles, brown spots, etc) which can take years off your skin. That does not mean that it stops the aging process. You will continue to age from a new, more youthful base. Regular skin maintenance (sunscreen, retina) will prolong results. ...Read more

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After do co2 laser + prp + subcion.. when I can take Accutane back?

Yes: You can repeat a course of isotretinoin. High dose for at least 5 months is usually curative, or close to it. ...Read more

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Is a protective cream applied before or after a co2 laser skin rejuvenating procedure?

Is a protective cream applied before or after a co2 laser skin rejuvenating procedure?

Afterwards: Yes, a soothing cream is applied at the end of the procedure. There are a number of choices here - I usually use aquaphor. ...Read more

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Is co2 laser considered as surgery and is it true that it is true that it can remove fine lines?

Yes: The fractionated lasers that are now available do help with fine lines. If you do not have many fine lines there is a new dermal filler that is used for this. ...Read more

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What is the safety and efficacy of MonaLisa Touch-CO2 laser for longstanding Lichen Sclerosis?

New Option: The Monolisa CO2 laser represents a new approach to lichen sclerosis which is typically treated with Estrogen or topical steroid cream. A few studies have been done but there is not enough data for a definitive answer. A few of the studies are listed here: http://www. Monalisatouch. Com/scientific-area/ ...Read more

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How do I find a good dr. Expert on using CO2 laser to remove large wart in my area? How do I check his credentials?

See a dermatologist: .Are your sure it is a wart? Why the fascination about CO2 laser? Why do you consider this the best treatment for a wart? I don't. ...Read more

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Smoking cigarette after done with fractional co2 laser procedure, will it affect the skin rejuvenation process?

Smoking cigarette after done with fractional co2 laser procedure, will it affect the skin rejuvenation process?

Prevention: The best thing you can do for your skin is to prevent injury. This includes stopping smoking. Smoking chokes the small blood vessels that provide the skin nutrition. It causes premature aging, and wrinkles. It will slow you healing after any surgery or skin resurfacing and should be discontinued today. ...Read more

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I took Accutane 40mg. I've been off 3 months. I am scheduled for fractional co2 laser next week. My face is producing sebum but should I wait 6 mos?

I took Accutane 40mg. I've been off 3 months. I am scheduled for fractional co2 laser next week. My face is producing sebum but should I wait 6 mos?

Call doctor: Usually when you have any type of laser procedure done, you really have to wait before having the laser done, and again wait before you can restart your medication. So the best thing to do is to contact your doctor, who put you on accutane, and asked for his or her opinion and recommendation on when to restart it. You need to let your doctor know that you're doing fractal laser therapy. ...Read more

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I have had a rather large and deep blackhead on my inner cheek for the last 8 months. I have tried everything, including professional extractions. The extractions remove some, but not all of the plug. I just got a little fractional co2 laser on the pore,

I have had a rather large and deep blackhead on my inner cheek for the last 8 months. I have tried everything, including professional extractions. The extractions remove some, but not all of the plug. I just got a little fractional co2 laser on the pore,

Cyst: When pores are plugs repeatedly or over a long period of time they can dilate into a cyst. Extractions only remove the contents, so the cyst will refill. If repeated decompressions are not helping, you may need the cyst sac removed to prevent further problems. Superficial treatments, like CO2 laser, may cause the pore to close, and lead to infection. ...Read more

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What to do if I do not want to do fractional co2 laser cause its painfull and kinda expensivebut is there any product like a cream or something to reduce acne scars?

What to do if I do not want to do fractional co2 laser cause its painfull and kinda expensivebut is there any product like a cream or something to reduce acne scars?

None: There is no cream that I know of that will reduce acne scars. There are some products that may help you and aren't as $$$ as the laser. A series of medical grade peels may help reduce or soften the scars and they would be under $1000 for the package. ...Read more

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Are acne scar removal products specfically creams like bio oil, selevax as effective as fractional co2 laser?

Are acne scar removal products specfically creams like bio oil, selevax as effective as fractional co2 laser?

Not really: Depending on the scars and your skin type, a fractionated laser may be stronger/better than creams. Overall ice pick acne scars are very difficult to treat. ...Read more

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Are acne scar removal products (bio oil, selevax, etc.)as effective as fractional co2 laser? Can you share some sources?

No.: No topical treatment will ever be as helpful as the laser you mentioned. Go to the website for the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (asds. Net) for more info. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are acne scar removal products (creams like bio oil, selevax etc)as effective as fractional co2 laser?

Can you tell me, are acne scar removal products (creams like bio oil, selevax etc)as effective as fractional co2 laser?

No: You'll be cruelly disappointed. I'm sorry your acne was neglected and you ended up with scars. If you want them fixed, you'll need a laser, a filler or microsurgery. ...Read more

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Do teenagers get better results if they have fine lines under eyes from co2 laser than adults?

Do teenagers get better results if they have fine lines under eyes from co2 laser than adults?

Not necessary: I think most physicians would agree that laser therapy for wrinkles for teenagers is not necessary and bordering on unethical. ...Read more

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