Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Women have been trying to improve their skin aesthetically for centuries. Egyptians used to bathe in sour milk for their skin, not knowing that it was the lactic acid content that we use today to produce the desired results. The French during the Renaissance used red wine on their faces to take advantage of the tartaric acid contained within the grapes. People of middle eastern descent would exfoliate their skin by using fire to lightly singe themselves.


All of this was done in the interest of improving the quality of their skin by producing a selective insult to its surface to facilitate the body’s healing powers with epidermal and dermal remodeling. The real breakthrough came during the 1800’s when phenol peels came of age. That remained the gold standard until laser resurfacing became available in the 1990’s. However, the recovery time and the occasional complication soon made this modality of treatment less desirable even though when properly performed, produced as good a result as the Baker Gordon phenol peels of the past generation.


Today, as technology has tried to refine the CO2 laser, it has done so by partially or fractionally ablating/removing the epidermis and the upper part of the dermis (the skin’s foundation) by drilling a series of microscopic holes into the upper echelon of it. This creates a small debris field the body feels compelled to heal, much like a community of people after a storm comes through. The results are significant improvement of the skin’s surface with much less downtime and/or chance for complications.


If you need improvement of photo damaged skin with its attendant spots and roughened texture on your face, hands, or any other part of the body, then a fractional laser resurfacing procedure maybe just for you. Call us at English Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center at (501) 227-9556 for your appointment for fresher, renewed skin!

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