Fractional Laser Frequently Asked Questions

Fractional Laser

What does the fractional laser do?

The fractional CO2 laser is used to reverse the effects of facial skin aging and sun damage to the skin. The laser will have the effect of skin tightening, filling in lines and wrinkles, improving discoloration of the skin (brown spots), and improving the tone/texture of the skin itself. It also improves the appearance of large pores.

How long do the results last?

The final results of the fractional CO2 laser are permanent.

How many treatments will I need?

Patients will experience a great improvement with only one treatment. Because the fractional laser covers generally 10% - 20% of skin surface each time, three to four treatments are recommended for scars and wrinkles. In most cases, only one treatment is required for age spots, freckles and skin rejuvenation.

Where do you perform the laser procedure?

Fractional CO2 laser is performed in the comfort of our office laser room or in our procedure / operating room.

Will I have any pain afterwards?

No. Most patients say that the laser feel like a sun burn for about two hours after the procedure is completed. Once this goes away, you will have no pain.

Will the laser work on acne scars?

Yes. The fractional CO2 is an excellent tool to treat acne scars. Having suffered acne and acne scars, I know it is a continuous and long battle. Patients will receive a customised Chinese medicine treatment together with laser treatment if necessary.

Is it safe for all skin types and colors?

Yes. One of the advantages of the fractional CO2 laser is that it is safe on almost all skin types.

Which companies make the fractional laser?

There are multiple fractional CO2 lasers on the market today. Since the technology is catching on (because it works well), more companies are manufacturing this laser. At Plus Plus Clinic we use the latest fractional CO2 laser machine called Multixel. It is a Korean manufactured machine that delivers very stable power for optimum results. It is the only one of its kind in Victoria.

Does the fractional laser help with redness of the skin or red spots?

Redness of the skin is often cause by small blood vessels on the surface of the skin called telangiectasia. This can also be a sign of Rosacea. The laser wavelength of the CO2 laser (approximately 10,600nm) is not the ideal wavelength to treat redness. There are other lasers which are much more effective to treat this condition.