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What is CO2 Non-Surgical Skin Treatment?

Have you been looking for an effective non-surgical way to look younger?

CO2 fractional laser therapy has been recognized as a significant scientific breakthrough. Thanks to CO2 fractional laser treatments, wrinkles, stretch marks, burns, and scars may fade and improve without severe side effects. 

Keep reading to learn more!

How Does CO2 Fractional Treatment Work?

The major protein found in the skin that maintains it appears youthful and free of wrinkles is collagen. Age, sunlight, and pollution contribute to collagen degradation, thereby creating wrinkles. A CO2 fractional treatment laser creates microscopic holes in the skin using light energy. They increase collagen production by putting natural collagen that the body makes into a high-speed setting, which results in more collagen and reduces wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, scars, burns, and other disfigurements.


After Treatment

You should expect the area to be red and swollen for about two days. Patients with darker complexions may be at risk for pigmentation after undergoing any laser surgery. Once you contact us for a consultation our specialist will work closely with you to determine which procedure is best and prepare you for any side effects that may occur.


CO2 Fractional CO2 Therapy vs. CO2 Laser Resurfacing

What are the differences between these procedures? 


CO2 laser resurfacing has achieved decent results with a lot of restrictions. Fractional CO2 (FCO2) is the new “Gold Standard” for CO2 laser treatments. It’s essential to know the difference. Due to its minimal downtime, fractional CO2 laser therapy has become more popular. Usually, there are two days of edema and redness and two more days of swelling before your face looks normal. Keep in mind that until 2 months after the operation, you will not notice the benefits of the procedure. Your body sends collagen, blood, water, and oxygen into your face to make your skin tighter. Because CO2 therapy makes the normal body cycle easier, the process takes a while for the effects to be seen, but the treatment is longer. The outcomes may be seen in most research over 1-8 years.

Why Is It Known As Fractional? 

The word fractional is from the fact that the laser beam is divided into numerous tiny microbeams. The microbeams only impact little skin regions and do not permeate the whole skin layer as the traditional CO2 treatments did. Therefore, you will observe tiny holes in your skin in the treated region following the therapy. The micro-treatment areas produce sufficient damage to encourage the fresh synthesis of collagen. 


Shorter Recovery Time

The non-fractional CO2 and erbium laser resurfacing are available. Any non-fractional therapy usually has a shorter period of recovery. The superficial, ablative fractional resurfacing is insufficient to cause significant tension and loss of the skin. The third image shows the non-ablative therapy of fractions. These treatments heat the skin, but it doesn’t remove the skin because it is non-ablative. Non-ablative fractional therapy requires many treatments. The main benefit of this therapy is that there is almost no downtime. This is useful for acne scars, pores, and wrinkles.


Following these time-established procedures, the efficiency of the process will be maximized, and any problems minimized. By completing the fractional CO2 skin treatment, you will save long-term money because fillers used for aging lines and wrinkles are less needed. The advantage of lowering the risk of skin cancer is invaluable.


South Florida CO2 Non-Surgical Skin Treatment

Our non-surgical CO2 treatment is very appealing due to its relaxed approach. Call Take Shape Plastic Surgery today at 954-324-2329. Contact us here to make an appointment.

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Laser Season: Heating Up Skin Rejuvenation with the CO2 Laser

Summer may be over, but things are heating up in the world of beauty secrets and skin rejuvenation. At Take Shape Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, we are proud to say that we are always on the cutting edge of new and developing cosmetic and beauty treatments. We are thrilled to be able to share the CO2 Fractional Laser technology with our practice! If you didn’t know this already, laser skin resurfacing has become the gold standard in skin rejuvenation for improving tone, texture, and wrinkles of the skin. The most popular treatment areas include the full face, neck, and upper chest. If you’re looking for new and improved ways to have youthful, glowing skin this Fall, you’re at the right place!

At Take Shape Plastic Surgery, we are committed to offering only the best in aesthetics, and that includes using state-of-the-art equipment for cosmetic procedures. One of the most popular items out there this season is the CO2 Laser. The CO2 Laser is short for the “Carbon Dioxide Fractional Laser.” The newest versions of CO2 Laser resurfacing machines use very short, pulsed light energy (also known as ultra-pulse), or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning-like pattern to remove thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage. CO2 Lasers are microscopically small but deeply penetrating and highly effective CO2 Laser “micro beams.” They rehabilitate scarred tissue and stimulate your body to produce substantial amounts of new, healthier collagen in the skin. Laser skin resurfacing with CO2 Lasers has proven to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and blemishes, as well as to tighten skin and balance skin tone.

Laser Season at Take Shape Plastic Surgery

This may sound a bit funny, but Autumn is actually considered “laser season” in the world of cosmetic plastic surgery. Why? Because laser-treated skin is known to be hypersensitive to sun exposure for up to a year following some laser procedures. This is why many cosmetic surgeons recommend undergoing laser resurfacing like CO2 Lasers, during Fall or Winter months when those daytime hours are shorter, and you are probably spending more of your time indoors.

No matter what season you choose to have your CO2 Laser procedure done in, you will absolutely have to wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen daily and reapply as needed. This will not only help to keep your CO2 Laser results looking their best, it will also provide protection against skin cancer and continually help prevent additional, premature aging.

What Can You Expect from Co2 Skin Rejuvenation with Take Shape?

Although most laser treatments are generally considered non-surgical, they are not all downtime-free. Skin rejuvenation with laser resurfacing requires recovery time, which varies depending on the type of laser used as well as an individual’s health and healing rate.
The CO2 Laser is an in-office procedure. Resurfacing works by heating and ablating the top layer of your skin, exposing a fresh new layer of skin. The heat from the treatment will be stimulating collagen production over the next 6 to 12 months. This is not only going to be firming your skin, but it lightens dark spots, improves pore size, and helps to minimalize wrinkles. This CO2 Laser resurfacing requires at least a week of downtime with minimal to no sun exposure. During this week of downtime, you will be required to cover your skin in very thick ointment to speed up the healing process. It will take about a week for your skin to slough, unveiling new, beautiful skin. This doesn’t mean you have to hide out at home for weeks, but it does mean that your skin will be raw, red, and scab over as it is in the process of healing. You may not feel comfortable in certain social situations, and you will need to modify your activities to avoid situations where infection is possible (swimming, gym workouts, etc.). Our number one concern for our valued Take Shape patients is that they have a healthy, safe recovery for optimum beauty results!

If you are considering CO2 Laser treatments to improve your skin this Fall season, we encourage you to contact Take Shape Plastic Surgery today! At Take Shape Plastic Surgery, our double board-certified medical professionals are excited to help you achieve your gorgeous, youthful, glowing, and rejuvenated skin with our CO2 Lasers. The CO2 Laser at Take Shape Plastic Surgery will help you reach your end-of-the-year beauty goals and feel confident for many years to come!

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CO2 Laser: The New Anti-Aging Phenomenon

The early signs of aging often creep up unnoticed. You may not notice crow’s feet or smile lines forming until they’ve begun to stick around after the laughter ends. Sagging under eyes and wrinkled skin can age you prematurely, adding years to your appearance, no matter how youthful you feel. While genetics play a huge part in the way we age, they don’t have to dictate your destiny. If you are struggling with signs of aging, advances in cosmetic procedures can help to remove a few years from your face. CO2 laser at Take Shape Plastic Surgery is the latest in effective age-defying cosmetic treatments. Here’s what you need to know!

How Does CO2 Laser Help with Signs of Aging?

Often, the first signs of aging we notice are the ones that appear on our faces. Because your face is exposed to the sun, weather conditions, and air pollution, you may begin to see fine lines, sun spots, and other signs of aging earlier than one may expect. These minute signs of aging may be caused by the skin losing elasticity with age, which can be accelerated by extended exposure to the elements. Other factors that can lead to early signs of aging include:

  • Stress
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • High alcohol or caffeine intake
  • Dry skin
  • Poor diet
  • Occupational exposure to free radicals

If you are experiencing aging skin, CO2 laser at Take Shape Plastic Surgery can help to eliminate sun and liver spots, discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, scarring, and acne scarring. This procedure involves removing older layers of skin to expose the new, more youthful skin below. CO2 laser at Take Shape Plastic Surgery restores the youthful flush and glow to your face while also smoothing wrinkles, fine lines, and spots.

How Does CO2 Laser Work?

CO2 laser beams are a minimally invasive, outpatient cosmetic procedure. You will have a comprehensive consultation where our expert in cosmetic surgery and laser skin resurfacing, Dr. Russell F. Sassani, will review your areas of concern and explain the entire process to you. Then, our Surgical Coordinator at Take Shape Plastic Surgery will schedule your laser procedure at your convenience. The procedure can be conducted in as little as one hour, not including prep time.

Following treatment, your skin may take a few weeks to completely heal. During this time, it is important to follow any and all skin care instructions, including protecting your skin from sun exposure. You may experience skin sensitivity, so it is important to be mindful of what products you use during the recovery process.

At Take Shape Plastic Surgery, we are dedicated to giving each client the best possible experience, no matter the procedure. Our skin care specialists take the time to understand your specific concerns and help guide you in making the best decision for you. If you are considering a CO2 laser, we can help you get the results you want while maintaining your safety and comfort. Contact us today for more information about your options.

Doctor Russell F. Sassani is an expert in cosmetic surgery of the face, plastic surgery of the breast, body contouring surgery, fat grafting with concentrated stem cells, and laser skin resurfacing.

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