By Gregory M. Casey
Wanting to look and feel younger is not a new idea, in fact, people have been searching for the fountain of youth for centuries. The anti-aging skin care market continues to grow and develop new products each year. And although there isn’t a magic product that will solve all of the problems with our aging skin, there are some truly great options available when it comes to rejuvenating our appearance. Thanks to the advances in science and technology over the years, there are a few reliable products that can help us slow and sometime reverse the aging process. One such option now available in the anti-aging market is the Fractional CO2 Laser, used for skin resurfacing.
According to many doctors, Fractional CO2 Laser therapy is the anti-aging breakthrough of the decade for skin resurfacing. Combining the effectiveness of traditional carbon dioxide lasers, long thought to be the gold standard in wrinkle removal, with a new application technique, it delivers powerful results without the traditionally harsh side effects.
The Fractional CO2 Laser, offers many of the benefits of the full face CO2 laser, with a fraction of the downtime. The laser is used to treat the effects of sun damage on the skin as well as facial skin aging. The laser can provide skin tightening, is used to treat dark spots, even out the skin tone and color, remove fine lines and wrinkles, and to reduce the size of large pores. In short, with CO2 fractional laser therapy you get all of the benefits of laser resurfacing without the extended downtime and numerous complications that resulted from earlier generation lasers.
Why is this new technique so much better and how exactly does it work? It is well documented that the natural agin process destroys collagen. Years of sun and pollution exposure only speed up the rate at which collagen is lost. Collagen is the main protein of connective tissue that keeps skin plump and wrinkle free, and as it decreases the appearance of lines and wrinkles increases. Laser skin resurfacing uses beams of energy light to bore tiny holes in the skin, which works to put the body’s natural collagen production on fast-forward. Procedures using traditional C02 lasers resulted up to three months of recovery time and often permanently lightened skin pigment on the treated area. What’s new about the process: Fractional CO2 lasers apply the same principles as the older C02 lasers, but with the advancement of technology the light beams are fractioned. This allows for the doctor to treat specific areas of the skin and prevents damage to the top layer of skin, offering maximum results with minimal recovery time.
Laser resurfacing is quick, generally accomplished in only one or two sessions. Following the procedure, the recovery time is usually no more than four days. The best part: doctors believe the effects will last anywhere from 10 years to forever!
Fractional C02 laser skin resurfacing is available to Casey Oral & Facial Surgical Arts. Call 239-947-6637 to learn more about this amazing anti-aging breakthrough and how it will allow you look on the outside how you feel on the inside!
Dr. Gregory M. Casey
Dr. Casey is board certified by the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and is fellowship trained in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He received his DDS from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, and his MD from the University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. Dr. Casey has privileges in Facial Plastic Surgery at Physician’s Regional Medical Center in Naples, FL.
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