Laserplast
CO2 laser treatments
True beauty lies in the beholder’s eyes

The CO2 laser (10600nm) targets water. Its affinity for water is inferior to that of the Er:YAG laser and therefore when it impacts the skin, it not only removes it but it also releases a modest amount of heat. This heat causes the collagen fibres in the dermis to contract and, above all, it stimulates the fibroblasts to produce new collagen. CO2 lasers can be ultrapulsed, superpulsed, pulsed or continuous wave. When used without a scanner and with a very small focal point, they can cut the skin and at the same time coagulate the small blood vessels. A CO2 laser with a scanner can be used to directly remove benign cutaneous neoformations (e.g. Keratosis, actinic or seborrheic), to even out the base of small cutaneous removals done with a scalpel (e.g. removal of facial nevi of Miescher), and to remove large and ample quantities of skin (e.g. Rinophyma correction). CO2 lasers also enable skin resurfacing, including fractional, for treatment of facial aging or acne scarring.

TYPE OF TREATMENT
Laser treatment
INFORMED CONSENT REQUIRED
Yes
TECHNOLOGY USED
 Ultrapulsed CO2, Superpulsed CO2, Pulses CO2, Continuos Wave CO2
LENGTH OF EACH TREATMENT
 Depends on the procedure to perform (from 1 min to more than 1 hour)
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS
 1
TIME BETWEEN TREATMENTS
TYPE OF ANAESTHETIC
Anesthetic cream, eventual intra venous sedation/Local anesthesia
SIDE-EFFECTS (ALSO TEMPORARY)
Fine crusts for 5 – 6 days followed by at least 2 weeks of erythema (fractional resurfacing); small superficial abrasion followed by erythema (erythema can last also for 60 – 75 days)
PRECAUTIONS BEFORE TREATMENT
The patient must not be tanned and must avoid sun and UV lamp exposure for at least 30 days before treatment. The patient must begin a cycle of antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal medications the day before treatment. If the patient is a dark skin phototype, a lightening product must be applied to the face for 4 weeks before treatment
PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT
The patient must continue to take the prescribed drugs, and repeatedly apply ointment to the face for the first 5-6 days, in order to facilitate easy detachment of the thin scabs. For 2-3 months after treatment, the patient must avoid geographical regions with high UV irradiation, and in any case must continually apply SPF 50+ sun protection for the same period of time. The patient has to apply antibiotic ointment for 6 – 8 days in case of skin lesion ablation
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