Trying to decide between fractional and carbon dioxide lasers? Why pick one or the other when you can have both, simultaneously?
The University of Michigan Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center has modified a traditional carbon dioxide laser to function in a fractionated format, so the CO2 beam is broken up into multiple microscopic beams. This triggers a wound-healing mechanism that produces new collagen and, in turn, smoothes wrinkles and fine lines and improves discoloration.
The hour-long treatment and week-long recovery lead to what UM doctors expect to be very long-lasting results.
“Collagen, the molecule that this procedure is really trying to get the body to produce, has a half life of about 15 years,” explains Jeffrey Orringer, MD, the director of the UM Cosmetic Dermatology and Laser Center. “We would expect that, to the extent that patients’ improvement is based on collagen production, their results would last a very long time.” He also says that, while patients see an immediate tightening of the skin, they will see even more improvements over three or four months.
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