Nowadays with availability of new modern technologies, we have so many wonderful & innovative things available to us which give us unique opportunities to maintain our beauty. However, as all new, it takes some time for us to make up our mind to be ready to try some of the new things; or we simply need to fight our fears against possible harm from side effects.
Today I would love to share with you about my experience of having laser resurfacing treatment (or CO2 Fractional Laser treatment).
I have done my first session about 5 years ago and it was totally by pure accident.
I came for appointment with dermatologist in one of very trusted beauty clinics willing to do simple microdermabrasion treatment, however, prior of starting treatment, doctor asked me few questions in order to establish my needs, and found out what I was aiming to achieve afterwards. At that time, I was after glowing skin with flawless texture (as I had a bit of large pores around nose area after my teenager’s time of acnes). As a result, doctor recommended me to do CO2 laser treatment instead and I left clinic with performed procedure of fractional laser on my face. By that time, I had no idea what that treatment was about but was very impressed with results.
So, what’s is Fractional CO2 laser treatment (or Fraxel treatment)? Fractional CO2 treatment is skin resurfacing treatment which dramatically improve skin texture, acne scaring and give you glowing, younger looking skin 1 -3 months after the treatment (please note: results might vary). Basically by using laser, doctor punched into skin tiny holes or dots (with certain matrix / programmed pattern) which “damage” and/or “burning” the skin layers; as result, damaged skin going to emergency self-repair mode & naturally starting to work on its max and heal itself (building new skin), as result within 1-3 months it stimulates production lots of new collagen and giving you younger, better looking skin.
What results I had? I went to beauty specialist willing to get rid of post-acne scars from my teen’s time (and large pores around nose area). Doctor strongly recommended me this treatment as unique solution for my problem’s areas. In reality, few months later I got myself much younger looking skin with dramatically improved texture. It was very noticeable that my face was looking at least 5 years younger and I had same “quality” texture as when I was pre-teen age. I was very impressed with results. That’s why few years later I have repeated procedure trying to have “Déjà vu” result again (please note I only speak for my results).
Which place to choose to get professional treatment? I would highly recommend you to do proper research and choose well trusted clinic and well respected doctor (whom you can trust your precious asset). It will give you assurance in best result and also save you from being disappointed with outcome later.
When I have done my treatments, I had no idea about CO2 fractional laser and had never heard about it before. However, after procedure, I was searching online for other people’s opinion (as I was thinking how come I have not heard before about such an awesome thing), and found lots and lots of negative and very sad reviews. So I think right specialist & right place are key to success (worth to mention that it’s very up to doctor to choose correct settings for your treatment (from very light to aggressive) in order to deliver you best and safest results
How many treatments you need? It’s recommended to have 3 treatments with interval about 1 to 3 months between for better results, however, I had only 2 treatments with 3 years apart. Also how many treatments you require, depends on your needs, skin conditions and what end results you want to achieve. Also everyone has different reaction to the laser, your trusted doctor will recommend you the best programme for you.
In Shot Pros and Cons below:
- Better skin texture
- Better looking skin
- Younger looking skin
- Reduction of post acne scars
- Reduction and/or disappearance of wrinkles – depending on your age
- Might require downtime from 1 day to 1-2 weeks (depending how aggressive was your treatment and also depending on machine being used)
- you might need to use special aftercare routine recommended by your doctor (for faster healing)
- You might be freaked out if you see yourself in the mirror right after procedure (as face might be very red (burned) if treatment made on very aggressive settings, however, it’s not always the case.
- it’s a might be very painful (however, doctor normally using topical anaesthetic cream, still painful :))
Laser treatment at home? After doing laser procedure for few times, you might be very addicted towards it, however, might find one big disadvantage: price. CO2 fractional laser treatment is a bit costly but results are very worth it. To continue with repeat treatments can be significant investment and it might be worth to buy your own beauty gadget for home use as good alternative to treatments made by a professional. Laser device for home use is not that effective as powerful machine at doctor’s place, however, with your commitment and time, you might achieve very impressive results.
There are two trusted beauty gadgets to choose from at the moment: Tria Beauty Age-Defying Laser & Anti-aging Dot Matrix Skin Care RF Thermage Fractional. Both laser gadgets are delivering pretty inspiring results and the cost of device compatible with one procedure performed by professional (Tria Laser, $495) or much lower (Dot Martix, $92) . Home device can save you money if you commit for frequent sessions.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you found here what you was looking for. My intention is to share my knowledge and experience with those who need it and I really hope it will help you a bit on your journey to Perfect You.
Please also check my other article about Antiaging
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Lots of love xxx