The Ins and Outs of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing

Hi Trubus!

After all this time working at the T+B Medical Spa, I’ve started to notice that clients come with reoccurring questions about our lasers and services. One of the most popular topics of conversation is our Lumenis Acupulse CO2 Fractional Laser. This laser offers 3 different depths of resurfacing – ActiveFX, DeepFX and TotalFX. Clients with a wide variety of needs come to me looking for answers, so I figured it’d be easier to explain it all here. If you’ve been hearing about lasers in the medi spa/ beauty industry and want to learn more, read on:

First off, the basics: what is CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

This revolutionary treatment helps patients with cosmetic imperfections (in layman’s terms: pesky wrinkles, stubborn scars, brown spots and other types of discoloration, and other bits and bobs that keep your skin from looking as flawless as possible). As the name suggests, these fractional laser treatments treat only a fraction of the skin (the parts that need it most), so that there’s a healthy balance of treated and untreated areas. The untouched areas help move the healing along, letting you jump back into your busy routine as fast as possible.

The second most popular question patients ask is this: what are the benefits of the laser?

The Lumenis ActiveFX, DeepFX and TotalFX provide the following results:

  • Improved skin pigmentation, tone and texture (you’ll notice a more even color and a newfound tightness to the skin)

  • Wrinkles, scars, folds and other signs of aging will be greatly reduced

  • Stimulates collagen formation which patients lose as they age (collagen helps improve skin elasticity and staves off the giveaway signs of aging)

Once my clients learn what the Lumenis ActiveFX, DeepFX and TotalFX Laser actually means and what it actually does, they want to know where they can sign up. But the question arises: am I a good fit for this? Luckily, this is safe for almost anyone who shows signs of aging, scarring or skin discoloration, but to be absolutely sure, I would need to evaluate you before giving the green light.

What is the procedure like?

There are two easy steps to a CO2 Fractional Laser treatment. When patients come in for this procedure, the first thing I do is numb the skin with a basic, non-invasive, topical anesthetic to make the process as smooth and comfortable as I can. Next, I apply the laser, during which time you will feel a bit of a warm sensation in the area that is being worked on. Once I am finished, your skin will feel the way it does after spending time out in the sun, almost as if you’re a little sunburned. I’ll make sure to advise a proper skin care regimen needed for the following week to help your skin heal. As the skin repairs itself, you will start to see a diminishment in wrinkles, fine lines, scars, etc and an improvement in the skin color, tone and texture. These benefits will reveal themselves in the following months (up to six months following the appointment). The actual laser application takes up to half an hour, so that time plus the application of an anesthetic and follow-up instructions means you should be out of the office within an hour.

Now that you know all about our CO2 Fractional Laser, here’s a little about me:

I’m a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing in aesthetic and cosmetic procedures of the face and neck. Using the most advanced, up-to-the-minute technology, I deliver patients guaranteed results without taking any drastic measures. My goal is to make each one of you look well rested, youthful and fresh. I treat all of my clients on a case-by-case basis, catering to their individual needs and delivering natural results that are subtle – never – surgical in appearance. Imagine simply looking like a brighter, rejuvenated version of yourself!

If you are interested in learning more about CO2 Fractional Lasers and the other procedures I can provide you with, feel free to contact the Truth + Beauty today. I look forward to speaking with you!


Dr. Levine