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Dr. David M. Hartman- CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Fine Arts Skin & Laser Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Dr. Hartman discusses reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the face and neck using Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing.


Dr. David M. Hartman: So there's a lot of talk or a lot of buzz about CO2 laser for improving the look and feel and tightness of the skin in our face, for instance. CO2 laser is either ablative or non-ablative. Either it can make tiny little cores of holes in the skin to cause that tightening, that's the more effective version, or it can be nonablative, which doesn't do as thorough of a job. It's fractional in that it preserves normal, healthy skin around that tiny, and I mean teeny-tiny, little core that it makes in the skin.

So what it does is it miraculously stimulates the collagenproducing components of the dermis to make that skin tighter and thicker and younger looking. It's kind of like going to the gym for your skin. It's a procedure we can do in the office very easily. There is some downtime, oftentimes with CO2 laser, of a few days. Not for everybody, some people look ready to go back to work the next day, but many people are a little bit puffy, a little bit red for a few days. We love this. We use it 10 times a day on patients because it does such a great job. We also use it for scar improvement. If you have some acne scars, or if you have some trauma scars on your face, it does a great job with that too.

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