Laser Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Valdosta, South Georgia and North Central Florida

The Fractional CO2 Laser removes sun spots, reduces pore size, wrinkles, acne scars via soft tissue coagulation. With the Fractional CO2 laser, there is progressive improvement of the skin’s appearance due to the continued collagen production, resulting in added improvements for 6-9 months following the treatment. The Fractional CO2 Laser is used for the treatment of scars, fine lines, texture, dyschromia (skin color changes) and deep wrinkles.

The Fractional CO2 Laser beam heats and vaporizes the skin tissue, instantly removing the superficial layers of the skin. Each fractional micro spot creates a thermal zone. Intact cells around the treated area help during the healing process by inducing cell regeneration. Immediate tightening and textural improvement is often seen within one week of the procedure. The result is a smoother, clearer and more youthful appearance of the skin.

Since fractional resurfacing is usually performed on an out-patient basis, expect to go home immediately after treatment. After laser resurfacing treatment, clean the treated regions 2-5 times a day with a dilute vinegar solution or cool tap water and subsequently apply an ointment such as Aquaphor®. Caring for your wound helps prevent scab formation. Generally, the treated regions heal in 5 to 10 days, depending on the nature of the condition that was treated.

Upon the sites healing, wear an oil-free makeup to camouflage the pink to red color that’s often seen after laser skin resurfacing. Expect the redness in the laser-treated areas to fade after two weeks, or to completely disappear after a month. The redness generally persists longer in patients with fair skin.

Expect a firmer, healthier, smoother, younger, and tighter looking skin after your fractional CO2 laser procedure. If you have used this procedure to correct wrinkles, acne or brown spots, expect the gradual removal of these complications after a series of treatments. Treatment results are often long term and with skin care regimen and sun protection, can last for many years.

Personal Consultation

During your consultation with Dr. Merriman at her plastic surgery center in Valdosta, she will discuss your concerns with you and explain the details of laser skin resurfacing. Many of Dr. Merriman’s patients come from Plantation Trace, Valdosta, South Georgia and North Central Florida. She will take the time to build trust and rapport with each patient in order to understand you and your vision. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Merriman will work with you to determine a surgical plan that best suits your needs to create the results that you hope for.

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