Since our face is always on show, our skin is often the first thing others notice about us. Nobody wants dull, tired or clogged skin and a glowing complexion is considered attractive and a sign of health and youthfulness.
As we age our skin changes and these changes are most pronounced in the face and in other areas exposed daily to the sun, such as the neck and décolletage. The skin thins, loses volume and elasticity and becomes dull. Wrinkles appear, the skin sags and blemishes and scars accumulate. In fact, apart from greying hair, the condition of our skin is often the biggest tell tale of ageing.
If you’re concerned with the state of your skin, whether it be sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars or pigmentation problems, the CO2RE fractional laser therapy may be the treatment you’ve been looking for.
The CO2RE by Candela is a fractional carbon dioxide laser for skin rejuvenation. It is effective in enhancing skin tone and texture, eliminating the effects of the sun and ageing on the skin, and smoothing out lines, wrinkles and scars.
Almost every aesthetic medical clinic offers a fractional resurfacing procedure, but the CO2RE differs by using two types of laser beams that penetrate to different depths – simultaneously. It can precisely target and effectively treat the skin’s surface, middle and deep dermal levels and the treatment is lighter, faster and offers more versatility for skin resurfacing when compared to traditional ablation. CO2RE has the ability to treat both superficial and deep layers of skin simultaneously while providing maximum precision and control when it comes to the intensity of treatment, pattern and depth of ablation.
Your skin is treated with a matrix of laser light points that vary in intensity, depending on your skin type and desired treatment results. The result is a treatment that is fast, more comfortable and requires less downtime than traditional laser resurfacing. Generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment your skin will gradually look softer, smoother and tighter. The fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and uneven textures will start to show immediate improvement.
Immediately following the procedure you can expect a sensation similar to sunburn, and this lasts for several hours. Over the next 7-10 days you can expect peeling of dead skin from the treatment area.
CO2RE is the preferred treatment if you wish to achieve the most results with one treatment. If you have the flexibility to take some time to heal (7-14 days), having this one treatment is like having multiple other non-invasive treatments at once. It is also the best single treatment for advanced skin damage and wrinkling. Intensities range from mild to aggressive, based on the extent of the rejuvenation you’re looking for.
Anyone who has sun damaged, aging skin, irregularly pigmented skin, wrinkles, sagging, irregular texture of the skin or other skin condition that could be expected to be improved with this treatment that understands the risks, costs and time necessary to achieve the full benefit of the procedure and who has realistic expectations of the ultimate outcome is suitable.
Ideal candidates are 30+ with skin damaged by exposure to the sun, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, discolouration, rough texture, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. If you’re seeking younger looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional resurfacing procedures, it is worth considering this treatment.
You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the topical anaesthetic applied prior to the procedure usually makes any discomfort tolerable. For more aggressive, higher power treatments, you may need an injected anaesthetic, oral pain relievers and/or sedatives during the treatment session. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.
The durability of the CO2RE results is similar to that of surgical procedures. However, the results and their longevity differ for each individual and your health, age, genetics, sun-exposure and how you care for your skin after treatment are all important factors.
To find out more, contact us to make an appointment for a consultation.