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What is the difference between co2 and fractional co2 laser?

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Dr. Steven Zimmet
Aesthetic Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: % 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.

In brief: % 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.
Dr. Steven Zimmet
Dr. Steven Zimmet
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Dr. Gustavo Diaz
Facial Plastic Surgery

In brief: % of skin treated

Classical CO2 skin resurfacing treats 100% of the skin.
This type of treatment gave great results but also induced some problems like prolonged healing, permanent lighter color skin in the area treated, scaring and infections. Fractional resurfacing works by treating only a fraction of the skin, not the entire skin. This treatment usually gives=s a similar result without the big complications.

In brief: % of skin treated

Classical CO2 skin resurfacing treats 100% of the skin.
This type of treatment gave great results but also induced some problems like prolonged healing, permanent lighter color skin in the area treated, scaring and infections. Fractional resurfacing works by treating only a fraction of the skin, not the entire skin. This treatment usually gives=s a similar result without the big complications.
Dr. Gustavo Diaz
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: The pattern

Both lasers use the same wavelength beam. Standard co2 treats 100% of the skin surface, and fractional treats.
.. A fraction of it. Fractional lasers have a computerized pattern generator ("scanner") that creates a polka-dot type pattern on the skin, skipping over areas. This leaves normal, untreated skin in between the laser "dots".

In brief: The pattern

Both lasers use the same wavelength beam. Standard co2 treats 100% of the skin surface, and fractional treats.
.. A fraction of it. Fractional lasers have a computerized pattern generator ("scanner") that creates a polka-dot type pattern on the skin, skipping over areas. This leaves normal, untreated skin in between the laser "dots".
Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
And since less skin is treated with the fractional laser, the recovery is quicker.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dentistry - Periodontics

In brief: Lasers

Basically the difference is the depth the laser will perform on your skin the regular co2 goes deeper and the fractional laser is more surface effective.

In brief: Lasers

Basically the difference is the depth the laser will perform on your skin the regular co2 goes deeper and the fractional laser is more surface effective.
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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