CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2 ) LASER IN PLASTIC SURGERY
Lasers are, simply put, an amplified monochromatic (one colored) beam of light or photons. That is the light of one wavelength or the device that produces this beam of light.
The term was created as an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The use of lasers transcends a wide range of fields, including electronics, experimental science, computer hardware, medical and cosmetic purposes. Types of lasers include gas lasers, fiber lasers, chemical lasers, semiconductor lasers, dye lasers and solid state lasers among others.
Gas lasers include the Helium-Neon laser, Argon Ion Laser, and CO2 Laser. Carbon dioxide laser was invented in 1964 by Kumar Patel in Bell Labs. The CO2 laser is capable of emitting hundreds of watts of light, focused on a particular spot. The CO2 laser has high efficiency of over 30%.
CO2 LASER FOR SKIN RESURFACING
The older we get, the more damage is done to our skin, from the effects of the sun, stress, gravity, and sometimes, simply living. These result in the appearance of lines, wrinkles and tiny creases all over the face, leaving us looking old and tired. To get rid of these effects, people result to cosmetic procedures.
In cosmetic health, CO2 fractional or pixilated lasers are used for the non-surgical removal of damaged, outer layers of the skin, leaving the softer, smoother younger looking skin on the surface. Erbium and CO2 lasers are the most commonly used in laser plastic surgery and skin technology. CO2 lasers have the longest wavelength of most commercially available lasers.
CO2 Laser treats deep-seated facial lines and wrinkles. It allows for a deeper treatment than most other procedures, by the in-depth removal of layers of damaged skin and stimulation of healthy skin regeneration underneath the damaged layers. This process is known as skin resurfacing. It removes the layers by vaporization as opposed to the use of chemicals or a sanding device. With the advancement of laser resurfacing technology, the use high speed scattered or pulsed light beams have become common.
The pulsed light beams reduce the amount of heat damage the skin might be subjected to. It also reflects in the removal of deeper seated tissues and pronounced creases and wrinkles by a more powerful CO2 beam.
CO2 skin resurfacing can be done to suit a client’s taste, depending on their wants, either on specific areas (around the eyes and mouth) or the entire face. Local anesthetics could be given before the procedure to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. Intravenous anesthesia is used in the event of a full facial treatment.
CO2 Laser plastic surgery is open to any individual with noticeable wrinkles and facial lines. People with uneven pigmentation and facial scars can also benefit from this procedure. To know if you are eligible for CO2 laser surgery, it is advisable to speak to a professional dermatologist or qualified cosmetic surgeon. If you are in Texas, you can book an appointment with Dr. Plano at Plano TX, for a chance to consult and decide whether CO2 laser surgery will be right for you.
THE BENEFITS OF CO2 LASER SURGERY
The layer by layer removal of damaged skin results in a more vibrant and younger-looking appearance. It effectively limits the appearance of wrinkles and lines on your face and refreshes your complexion. The procedure also reduces the appearance of scars and other skin blemishes and imperfections. CO2 Laser, goes deep into the skin layers, getting rid of lesions, pre-cancerous spots, and uneven skin pigments. Erbium lasers unlike the CO2 lasers, only treat the surface wrinkles and layers of skin. The recovery period for CO2 laser treatments is longer; the outcome is more favorable than Erbium treatment.
The safety of the laser treatment is assured as long as you get your procedure done by a skilled cosmetic surgeon, you will get an effective and perfectly safe procedure, such as can be gotten from Dr. Plano in Plano, TX. Given the predictability of the procedure, it can be carried out with minimal side effects and amazingly safe results.
Our team of professional plastic surgeons is readily available to discuss with you and advise you on any complication that may arise from the CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure.
CO2 laser skin resurfacing has been known to give positive results in skin texture and blotchiness around the chest, neck, arms, and legs. However, this has to be attempted only by an expert in the procedure to reduce the risk of scarring and other complications in these areas.
The skin resurfacing procedure takes a total of about 2 hours post and during the process. The procedure will require about 3 to 14 days recovery period. It will depend on the depth and area of the procedure. The deeper treatments will give better results but with longer recovery time. You can see results almost immediately, but it takes up to four or six weeks to get the full results of the procedure after all the blotchiness has disappeared.
The results of CO2 skin resurfacing can last for years depending on the lifestyle and exposure of the patient after the procedure. To get the best of this procedure, you need to take the best care of your skin as you would normally do to reduce or prevent the appearance of aging skin. Use sun protection, eat healthily and avoid bad skin habits such as smoking.
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