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Lumenis Ultra Pulse CO2

The Lumenis UltraPulse CO2 laser is a multifunctional CO2 laser.  With UltraPulse, multiple skin issues can be addressed to best suit our patients’ needs.  Dr. Rains can choose from deep, superficial and a combination of ablation depths for skin resurfacing and scar treatments.

Both ablative CO2 skin resurfacing, and fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing are for patients seeking skin rejuvenation. Laser resurfacing is designed to peel or vaporize the damaged surface skin to reverse the effects of the environment, time and natural aging. It can also treat thick scars and lesions. The result is a restored youthful appearance with precise, proven technology.

What is a fractional CO2 laser?

A fractional laser takes the laser energy and breaks it into thousands of tiny beams. Tiny wounds are created in channels, vaporizing the damaged skin and stimulating the surrounding healthy skin to make new collagen and elastin, and new skin. This minimizes adverse effects and facilitates faster recovery. This procedure is versatile, gentle and low risk.

Fractional CO2 resurfacing can transform the look of scars, wrinkles, and other skin impurities. In addition, skin resurfacing stimulates collagen production which adds to its anti-aging benefits. This state-of-the-art technology is highly customizable to your individual needs and allows for ultimate precision and control with the treatment.

What is ablative laser skin resurfacing?

It describes a process of removing the epidermis, the outer most layer of skin, and superficial dermal layers to reduce signs of photoaging. It can treat scarring, actinic keratoses, seborrheic keratoses and facial wrinkles. It provides treatment over the entire targeted area of skin instead of fractions of skin. It is more aggressive than fractionated laser resurfacing and produces more dramatic results. Topical anesthetic and possible additional sedation may be used for comfort.  Only one treatment is needed to achieve dramatic results. After resurfacing, the skin will be red for several weeks to a month.

Ablative laser resurfacing applications include:

  • Wrinkles and Fine Lines: Ablative CO2 laser resurfacing is highly effective in treating wrinkles and fine lines, especially in areas such as the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and around the mouth (perioral lines). It can significantly reduce the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production and removing damaged skin.
  • Acne Scars: This procedure is often recommended for individuals with acne scars. The laser removes the scarred tissue, allowing new skin to grow in its place, resulting in a smoother complexion.
  • Sun Damage: Ablative CO2 laser resurfacing can effectively address sun-damaged skin, including age spots, sunspots, and uneven pigmentation. It helps to restore a more even skin tone and texture.
  • Skin Tone and Texture Irregularities: It’s used to improve overall skin texture and address irregularities, such as roughness or unevenness, leaving the skin looking smoother and more youthful.
  • Skin Tightening: The procedure promotes collagen and elastin production, which can lead to skin tightening. This is particularly beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity.
  • Scars from Surgery or Injury: Surgical scars and scars from injuries can be treated with ablative CO2 laser resurfacing. It can help minimize their appearance and make them less noticeable.
  • Actinic Keratosis: Ablative CO2 laser resurfacing can be used to treat precancerous skin conditions like actinic keratosis by removing the affected skin cells and reducing the risk of skin cancer development.
  • Overall Skin Rejuvenation: Many individuals seek this procedure to rejuvenate the overall appearance of their skin, restoring a more youthful and refreshed look.

What can a fractional CO2 resurfacing treat?

Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is primarily used for the following applications:

  • Wrinkle Reduction: It is highly effective in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. The laser stimulates collagen production, which leads to smoother and firmer skin.
  • Scar Revision: This technique can improve the appearance of scars caused by acne, surgery, or injury. The laser removes the damaged skin layers and promotes the growth of healthier tissue.
  • Sun Damage Repair: Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can address sun-damaged skin, including age spots, sunspots, and uneven pigmentation. It helps in achieving a more even skin tone.
  • Texture Improvement: Patients with rough or uneven skin texture can benefit from this procedure. It smoothens the skin’s surface, making it look more youthful and refreshed.
  • Skin Tightening: CO2 laser treatment can help tighten loose or sagging skin. It stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, which leads to a tightening effect over time.
  • Acne Scar Treatment: It’s an effective option for reducing the appearance of acne scars. The laser targets the scar tissue, allowing healthier skin to replace it.
  • Pigmentation Disorders: Fractional CO2 laser can be used to treat certain pigmentation disorders, such as melasma, by targeting and breaking down excess melanin.
  • Actinic Keratosis: This pre-cancerous skin condition can be treated with CO2 laser resurfacing to remove the affected cells and reduce the risk of skin cancer development.
  • Overall Skin Rejuvenation: Many individuals opt for fractional CO2 laser resurfacing to rejuvenate their skin’s overall appearance and reverse the signs of aging.

When you desire complete facial rejuvenation, contact Dr. Michael Rains at Beacon Dermatology in Asheville, North Carolina to schedule a consultation to learn more about ablative CO2 laser resurfacing and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.

Dr. Michael Rains is a board-certified dermatologist and the founder of Beacon Dermatology in Asheville, North Carolina. His approach to aesthetic and dermatological treatments are holistically focused on revealing and enhancing a patient’s natural beauty. Dr. Rains is known for his caring and compassionate approach to medicine, listening to his patients’ concerns and goals and ensuring they receive excellent care and education to ensure they can make informed decisions about their treatments.

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Michael Rains, MD, FAAD

  • Board certified in dermatology
  • Specializing in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology
  • Author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and previous adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
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