Conditions that fractionated carbon dioxide laser resurfacing treats include warts, nonresponsive skin after a face-lift, shallow scars from acne, enlarged pores on the nose and wrinkles around the eyes, mouth and forehead, states WebMD. This technique minimizes heat damage to the surrounding tissue, with recovery taking up to two weeks.
Laser resurfacing or laser peel is a skin care procedure that reduces facial scars, blemishes, wrinkles and other minor facial flaws by removing the outer layer of skin using beams of light, states the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It works in a very precise manner to remove a layer of skin at a time while simultaneously heating the underlying tissue to stimulate the regeneration of healthier skin.
This laser technique removes the epidermis by moving either very short pulses of light energy, known as ultrapulse, or continuous light beams in a scanning pattern, adds WebMD. It is an outpatient procedure, taking about 30 to 45 minutes for a part of the face and up to two hours for the full face.
The fractional CO2 laser resurfacing technique only improves the appearance of the skin and does not perfect it, cautions WebMD. Risks of complications with the procedure include scarring, burns from the laser's heat, bacterial infection, changes in the skin's pigmentation and reactivation of herpes cold sores.