Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing


Introduction to Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

If you want an effective treatment for scars, wrinkles, or other skin imperfections, laser skin resurfacing can provide dramatic results. At Skin Care at 5th Ave in Peachtree, GA, we provide skin resurfacing with a fractional CO2 laser for patients in the greater Atlanta area, Fayetteville, and Newnan. Dr. Joseph Galitzin and his team of providers offer a wide range of laser skin treatments and can find the optimal solution for your unique skin type and the issues you wish to treat. With our advanced fractional CO2 laser, we can safely and effectively treat a variety of conditions, ranging from dark spots to deep wrinkles.

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What is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

During this treatment, we use our state-of-the-art laser to carefully remove the topmost layers of your skin. By eliminating dead and damaged layers, laser skin resurfacing allows new skin cells to form. This process can provide tighter, younger-looking skin. We can also combine our fractional CO2 laser treatments with other skin care services to complement your results.

What are the Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Here are just a few of the benefits that our greater Atlanta area patients have seen from their Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatments:

  • Can help treat pre-cancerous skin lesions
  • Encourages collagen production for firmer, more youthful skin
  • Improves skin texture and evens skin tone
  • Reduces sun damage, acne scars, and fine lines
  • Very little downtime

Who are the Best Candidates for Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing can address a wide range of flaws and imperfections, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Age spots
  • Irregular pigmentation
  • Wrinkles
  • Sagging
  • Irregular skin texture
  • Scarring
  • Dull-looking skin

Because treatment with CO2 lasers is more aggressive and can sometimes cause hyperpigmentation, we generally do not recommend it for patients with darker skin tones. However, we offer a range of other laser skin treatments. Dr. Galitzin can assess your skin during a consultation and determine which treatment option is best for your needs and goals.

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What’s the First Step?

The first step in getting Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing in the Atlanta area is to contact Skin Care at 5th Ave. and schedule a consultation. During this appointment, you will meet with Dr. Galitzin or an Aesthetic team member and be able to ask any questions you may have about the treatment, express your desires for results, and get a personal examination of your skin. You will also be asked about your medical history to avoid any unnecessary risks or side effects during or after your treatment. Once they have everything they need, a custom treatment plan will be made for you and our Patient Coordinator will be able to help you schedule your first session.

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What to Expect on the Day of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing is a relatively short outpatient procedure. Depending on the size of the area being treated, treatment can take between 30 minutes and two hours. Before beginning, we will administer a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. For more involved treatments targeting larger areas, we also offer sedation. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Galitzin or one of our technicians will use the fractional CO2 laser to precisely target skin imperfections. They may use the laser to stimulate collagen production below the skin surface or remove the outer layers of the skin. The specifics of your procedure will depend on the issues being treated and the extent of treatment required.

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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Recovery

In general, more dramatic results require more in-depth treatments and a longer recovery. Recovery may take between 10 and 21 days. During the first 12 to 72 hours, you may feel itching or stinging. Some swelling is also normal for a few days after the procedure.

About a week after laser resurfacing, your skin will likely begin to peel. After the initial healing period, you can use oil-free makeup to minimize redness. It can take two or three months for the redness to fully disappear. It is crucial to use consistently broad-spectrum sunscreen after your skin resurfacing treatment as excessive skin exposure can affect your results.

How Much Does Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Cost in Atlanta, GA?

The cost of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing in the Atlanta area is based on multiple factors, including the size of the treatment area and how many sessions you will need. After coming in for your consultation and having a treatment plan made for you, our Patient Coordinator will be able to give you a breakdown of the total cost of your treatment.

Why Choose Us?

Skin Care at 5th Ave. is committed to providing unparalleled care for every patient by building trusting, long-lasting relationships. We stand by our ethos of excellent service and results while treating every patient as an individual. You won’t find any “off-the-shelf” or “cookie-cutter” treatments here! We understand that everyone has unique needs and desires, so we take the time to get to know you and come to decisions together. Our medical director is Dr. Joseph Galitzin and unlike other Medical Spas out there, he is here all the time to provide his expertise and professional insight. As one of the most thoroughly trained facial cosmetic physicians in his field, Dr. Galitzin has extensively studied the science of aging and he understands exactly which treatments will affect the different parts of the facial anatomy.

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Laser skin resurfacing is an effective anti-aging procedure that can address mild to severe skin imperfections. For more information about our advanced fractional CO2 laser treatment, contact our practice or call +1 770 487 2645 today.

Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing FAQs

Is Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing painful?

While there is some discomfort during the treatment, most patients do not find Laser resurfacing painful. We do apply a topical numbing ointment onto your skin to help alleviate the experience, but you should expect to feel a mild prickling sensation from the laser.

How many appointments will I need?

Many of our Atlanta area Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing patients can see results after just one treatment, however, our patients with deeper wrinkles or heavier scars may need multiple treatments to see the best results. After meeting with Dr. Galitzin and having your skin evaluated, he will be able to give you a better idea of how many treatments you will need.

How long until I see results?

You may notice some gradual changes after your first session, however, most patients will begin seeing more evident results after about two weeks, with improvements over the next few months. Most patients can see their full results between three and six months.

Can I combine Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing with other procedures?

Our Laser Resurfacing patients in the greater Atlanta area will often combine their treatment with skin tightening treatments such as Fraxel Laser Skin Resurfacing or even Dermal Fillers or BOTOX injections. If you have a particular goal in mind or would like to learn more ways to get the most out of your treatment, please bring this up during your consultation.

What are the risks associated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Most of the risks or side effects associated with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing are temporary and usually very mild:
  • Acne
  • Burning or itching sensation
  • Changes in skin color
  • Ectropion (when the lower eyelid droops away from the eye and turns outward - rare)
  • Infection
  • Koebnerization (appearance of plaques in new places, usually only happens to those with psoriasis - rare)
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Scarring
  • Swelling
If you experience any concerning or long-lasting reactions, please contact our office immediately.

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