What is a Micro Fractional CO2 Laser?
The micro fractional CO2 laser utilizes the effectiveness of traditional carbon dioxide lasers — these remain the gold standard in wrinkle removal — without some of the harsh side effects. The micro fractional CO2 laser deploys an improved application technique that essentially delivers powerful results without the traditional complications that plagued other lasers. In simpler terms, micro fractional CO2 laser therapy delivers a precise matrix of micro spots that penetrate the skin. This penetration stimulates the formation of new collagen. At the same time, there’s immediate shrinking of damaged tissue. The methodology results in a faster healing process with less pain.
Dr. Amiya Prasad on MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment
The MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Technology
With a universe of non-invasive skin rejuvenation technologies, such as Fraxel, Thermage, Titan, Portrait, Plasma, etc., Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad has selected MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 laser technology as the best choice for his clients. As an Oculofacial plastic surgeon, Dr. Prasad has seen many patients who have had “non invasive facelifts” who were disappointed with technologies which over-promised and under-delivered, whereas the MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 laser has been an excellent asset for Dr. Prasad in helping his patients reach their aesthetic goals.
Micro Fractional CO2 Laser vs. Traditional CO2 Laser
Traditional CO2 lasers remove (or resurfaces) 100% of the top layer of the skin being treated. This results in a longer healing time and can cause long-term redness (up to 3 months). Due to the fact that 100% of the skin is resurfaced, it is possible for certain side effects to occur, such as: scarring, hypopigmentation and even lines of demarcation, where one can see a clear distinction between treated and untreated skin.
The micro fractional CO2 laser, on the other hand, means that only a fraction of the skin is treated. Since bridges of healthy skin are left in between the treated areas, the downtime is significantly less.
The quality of work done is dependent on the experience and skill of the attending doctor. It is important to go to a physician who has experience with the Micro Fractional CO2 laser technology and can advise you appropriately.
Micro Fractional CO2 Laser Treatment Process
Can the Micro Fractional CO2 Laser be done with other procedures?
Yes, micro fractional CO2 laser treatment may be combined with other facial procedures such as a facelift, eyelift, rhinoplasty, or browlift.
Who is a candidate for MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 Laser treatment?
People with wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots, sun-related discolorations and loose skin may be considered a candidate for MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2 laser.
What kind of anesthesia is used with Micro Fractional CO2 Laser?
Usually the procedure is done under topical anesthesia ointment. It is routinely done with other procedures under sedation.
What is the recovery time like after Micro Fractional CO2 Laser?
Discomfort is minimal, and there may be a burning sensation that lasts for 1 to 2 days. Most patients can return to normal activities in a week, and apply makeup.
Can other parts of the body be treated with Micro Fractional CO2 Laser?
Yes. The Micro Fractional CO2 laser may also be used to resurface the chest or hands. In fact, to help match the skn quality of the face with the hands, micro fractional CO2 laser can be used to improve the signs of aged hands. Although the erbium and traditional CO2 lasers may be combined with a facelift, only the areas around the mouth and eyes may be done at the same time. With Micro Fractional CO2 laser, the whole face may be treated at the same time.