At North Texas Plastic Surgery, we have always worked hard to provide our patients with advanced, high-caliber technology. When it comes to our med spa services, it's particularly important that you have the chance to enjoy safe, non-invasive aesthetic treatments that will help you achieve your cosmetic dreams.
As part of our commitment to working with the best and latest technology in the market, we offer the Acupulse CO2 fractional laser for skin rejuvenation. As with all of our laser skin treatments, the Acupulse CO2 laser is proven effective and is precision engineered for use in medical environments.
If you live in Dallas, Plano, Southlake, or in any of the other nearby North Texas communities and you have questions about the Acupulse CO2 laser or any of our treatments, please call North Texas Plastic Surgery today at 817-416-8080 for a free consultation and examination.
Differences Between Ablative and Fractional Skin Resurfacing
Fractional Resurfacing differs from full field, or traditional, resurfacing in that during a fractional laser resurfacing treatment the laser heats a small column of skin to destroy unwanted pigment or color and to help promote new collagen growth to tighten the skin. The key is that it’s only a small column of skin that is treated while the surrounding skin areas are not. This allows the surrounding non-treated areas to provide the nutrients to heal the treated column of skin faster.
What this means for patients is simple:
- They will have less redness
- Less downtime
- Quicker healing process and return to normal
This is a massive technological advance as many patients didn't want to get aggressive laser treatments because the downtime was so hard. Now they can get the dramatic results in a fraction of the time.
Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Lasers
Ablative lasers remove the top layer of skin causing inflammation which in turn leads to new collagen formation and skin tightening. Non-ablative lasers just heat the undersurface of the skin without removing the top layer of the skin. Because of this, there is less inflammation with a non-ablative treatment but less skin tightening as well.
In general, if you want to have the most aggressive skin tightening possible, you want an ablative laser treatment. If on the other hand, your primary concern is the quickest possible return to work or normal life and you are willing to be more patient with the results and have more treatments over time to tighten the skin, then a non-ablative laser is the right choice.
The Acupulse CO2 laser is a fractional ablative laser that combines the healing benefits of fractional resurfacing and the skin tightening benefits of an ablative laser. It's much more precise and delivers the laser to the surface of the skin in a fraction of the area affected by a traditional ablative laser. The healthy, non-affected skin cells in between the affected area allow for more rapid healing and leave you in greater comfort during and after the procedure. There is less bleeding and scabbing than with other laser resurfacing treatments.
What is the Acupulse CO2 Laser and How Does It Work?
Plastic surgeons, and those providing other cosmetic procedures have long recognized that lasers can do extraordinary work rejuvenating and revitalizing aged, dehydrated, hyperpigmented, creased, or wrinkled skin. North Texas Plastic Surgery is no exception. We have years of experience using lasers to achieve extraordinary results for our patients.
The Acupulse CO2 laser can be used safely and effectively to affect the deep layers of your skin and achieve exceptional results. It's a Lumenis® family laser, and our fully-trained personnel has ample experience using these lasers in a cosmetic setting.
One of the appeals of the Acupulse CO2 laser is that it's exceptionally flexible. It has a number of settings that a skilled, experienced, properly-trained medical professional can use in order to tweak the settings for patient's comfort and specific needs. At North Texas Plastic Surgery, we use the Acupulse CO2 laser for:
- Deep skin resurfacing, including sun damage and wrinkles
- Dyschromia (Hyper and Hypo pigmentation of the skin)
- Scar mitigation, including surgical scars
- Acne scarring
- Pore Size
Benefits of a CO2 Laser
Why a CO2 laser? The science is a little complicated, but as a patient, you can rest easy knowing that the Acupulse CO2 laser is a perfect fit for the procedures listed above. Your soft tissue is about 65% water, and the wavelength of the CO2 laser matches up perfectly with this composition. This means the CO2 laser is safer and causes less damage to surrounding tissue while also stimulating neocollagenesis; the process of making more collagen. Collagen production is the key to radiant, youthful skin and improves its texture, tone, and overall appearance.
Why Not an IPL Photofacial?
At North Texas Plastic Surgery, we offer a number of procedures that can address specific concerns. This range of possible procedures ensures that we can meet all of your needs.
One such option is the IPL Photofacial, which uses intense pulsed light to address a number of common facial conditions, including a few which are listed above. The IPL Photofacial is mainly useful for addressing surface skin conditions such as redness and brown spots. It won't penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, which means the IPL Photofacial isn't typically effective at removing wrinkles and creases. In addition, because it is a milder, more superficial treatment, an IPL will often require multiple treatments while the Acupulse CO2 laser often requires just one round.
If you are looking for a single treatment aimed at significantly improving sun damage, pore size, skin texture and tightness, then the CO2 laser is the right treatment for you. Our staff will thoroughly evaluate the state of your skin and the conditions you wish to address before recommending a specific procedure.
Safety and What to Expect Before and After Your Procedure
The Acupulse CO2 laser has an exceptional safety record, especially when utilized by skilled, experienced, properly trained operators. At North Texas Plastic Surgery, Harvard-trained and board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Obaid and Dr. Ver Halen oversee treatments at all times, and all treatments are performed by fully-trained registered nurses.
Our experienced skin care specialist has specialized training with the Acupulse CO2 laser and works hard to keep her training and certifications continually up to date. This means you can trust our entire staff to keep you safe both during and after your procedure.
In the weeks before your procedure, we’ll prepare your skin so that it is in the perfect condition for the Acupulse CO2 laser. We’ll also apply a topical anesthesia during your procedure so as to reduce any pain or discomfort.
Side effects are generally moderate and tolerable, but have been known to include:
- Redness and irritation
We’ll provide you with thorough post-procedure instructions, including medications and topical agents you can apply to your skin to keep it healthy and safe. You'll want to avoid various environmental irritants and avoid direct sunlight for the first two to three weeks after your procedure. On average, one session of Acupulse CO2 attains the result of two to three ResurFX sessions.
Recovery time after an Acupulse CO2 session is 5-7 days. We recommend no make up for at least the first 3 days following the procedure. Sun exposure avoidance is also required for the first 3-4 weeks.
Again, we'll ensure you have more specific instructions before your procedure. Following those instructions will speed your recovery and keep you safe.
Contact North Texas Plastic Surgery Today
Of course, we understand you likely still have a lot of questions about the Acupulse CO2 laser, and we welcome those. Our highly-trained plastic surgeons want you to be completely comfortable before moving forward with any procedure. And you can trust us to only recommend a procedure if it’s right for your specific needs.
If you're a resident of Dallas, Plano, Southlake or anywhere else in the North Texas region, please call North Texas Plastic Surgery today at 817-416-8080 for a free consultation and examination.