Fractional CO2 Resurfacing Laser (QuadraLASE or MiXto Laser)
Fractional CO2 resurfacing laser is an in-office procedure that rejuvenates the skin by delivering tiny dots of laser light in a unique pattern. Fractional means that only a fraction of the skin surface is exposed to the laser beam; the result is a treatment that is more comfortable and requires less downtime than traditional resurfacing – enabling you to get back to your lifestyle sooner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fractional CO2 laser treatment has been proven effective in enhancing skin tone and texture, eliminating the effects of the sun and aging on the skin, smoothing lines and wrinkles, skin tightening, and even reducing the appearance of acne scars. Treatments range from mild to aggressive based on the extent of the rejuvenation you’re looking for.
Our fractional CO2 laser is a fantastic laser treatment for those who want to see improvement in texture and evenness of their skin and are willing to dedicate some downtime in doing so. Fractional CO2 laser is approved for use on lighter skin tones, but not in those of color due to possible hypopigmentation of darker skin. For our patients of color interested in skin resurfacing, we recommend asking our staff about our Venus Viva and PicoWay lasers during your consultation. Those who are currently taking Isotretinoin (accutane) or have taken Isotretinoin within the past 3 months are not candidates for this laser treatment. Additionally, if you get cold sores/ fever blisters or have problems with/ delayed healing, please let our staff know during your consultation. Schedule a consultation today to meet with our staff and discover a laser treatment plan that is right for you!
- Acne scars
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Surgical or traumatic scars
- Tightening skin on the upper and lower eyelids (skin laxity)
- Sun freckles (liver spots, lentigines)
- Uneven coloration
- Texture irregularities
- Dull tone
- Sagging skin
Fractional CO2 laser is an in-office procedure. Prior to treatment, patients may have topical anesthesia applied to the treatment area in order to minimize discomfort. Once the anesthetic cream has taken effect, treatment can begin. One of our physicians or experienced laser technicians will glide the handpiece of the laser over the treatment area, delivering small dots of laser light only to the desired area. During treatment, we will use our cooling device, Zimmer Cryo6, to deliver cool air to the skin and maximize comfort. The Zimmer can cool the epidermis before, during and after the laser energy has been applied, without interfering with the laser beam. After treatment is complete, Aquaphor will be applied to the treatment area to moisturize the skin and aid in the healing process.
You will feel a sensation similar to a sunburn for a few hours after the procedure is complete. For a few days following fractional CO2 laser treatment, you will experience scabbing, redness, and peeling. We advise our patients to keep their skin moisturized and sun-protected, especially during this post-laser healing time. Every patient is unique, so your post-treatment instructions may include additional steps. During your consultation with our staff, post-treatment instructions will be given and any questions you have will be answered.
Yes, there is some downtime recommended after fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment. After treatment, your face will scab and peel as part of the resurfacing process. During this time, you may not want to go to work or any events. We advise our patients to set aside a few days of downtime to allow the skin to heal. At your pre-treatment consultation, our staff will detail exactly what is to be expected before, during, and after laser treatment, so schedule your consult with us today to learn more!
Skin & Laser Dermatology Center treats patients for all skin care concerns, including skin cancer surgery, cosmetic dermatology, sclerotherapy, laser peels, laser hair removal, hyperhidrosis, rosacea, and acne treatments.
Our Clients Say
My eyelid surgery results for the facial wrinkles look very natural. Very skilled dermatologic surgeon.
Dr. Bajoghli always has time for his patients, you never feel that he is rushing you and after you leave if you have any concerns he is very responsive to the point of giving out his cell phone number. I can’t say enough about him and his staff.
Nurse Rassmussen answers all of my questions, listens to my concerns, examines my skin, goes over my treatment protocol and gets me out the door quickly, but without feeling rushed, so that I can get on with the rest of my day. I have already recommended this practice to a couple of friends, and I will continue to do so with confidence.
I really appreciate the polite and professional service that Dr. Bajoghli’s practice provides in my dermatologic health. All of his staff make you feel welcome and are concerned for your care. Speaking as someone who neglected his skin care when I was young, I appreciate having a physician who is personally concerned for his patients.