How Does a CO2 Laser Work?
Specific lasers target specific structures within the skin to create the outcomes necessary for particular skin concerns. The ECO2 laser focuses on chromophore, which is the compound in the skin responsible for color, in this case, brown or red. Laser therapies have varying wavelengths, but all CO2 lasers have a wavelength of 10,600 nm. These ECO2 wavelengths react with the water content of your tissues, heating it to create a thermal reaction that results in resurfacing the cells.
It’s a deep laser treatment, which goes well into the dermis to create micro-channels within the skin. This is known as fractional ablative laser treatment. Fractional means the micro-channels leave skin between the channels, so only a fraction of the tissues are ablated. The skin between the channels is still part of the healing circumference, so the entire treatment area is rejuvenated without requiring controlled injury to every cell. This reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation and because less of the skin is ablated during ECO2 laser treatment, downtime and recovery are shortened and more comfortable.
ECO2 laser energy is the gold standard treatment for even the most significant of skin concerns, such as acne scars, moderate-to-severe wrinkles, and even under-eye sagging. Thermal heat reacts with the structures of the dermis to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which are the supportive fibers that give skin its structure and stability. Time and age can weaken and break these fibers, and the older we are, the slower they repair and replenish. ECO2 laser treatment boosts collagen and elastin production, so your skin is firmer, smoother, and touchably soft for a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Patients with skin concerns such as sun damage, acne scars, enlarged pores, texture or tone irregularities, wrinkles around the eyes, lips, or on the cheeks, or age spots may be a candidate for ECO2 laser resurfacing at ZENA Medical. A consultation with a ZENA Medical laser specialist will include a thorough assessment of your skin’s current condition, understanding of your aesthetic goals, and a recommendation for treatment to achieve those goals.