Differences Between Tradtional CO2 Laser and Fractional Laser?

What are the differences between the traditional CO2 laser (e.g. Derma K) and the Fractional CO2 lasers (Total FX)? If I get severe acne scar, should I try the traditional ones? Thanks a lot.

Doctor Answers (2)

Asian skin does better with Fractional

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I do not recommend regular CO2 on Asian skin. Fractional has been a big plus for Asian skin. We see less pigment change and yet, very nice results. Fractional non-ablative also works well on Asian skin with acne scars.


New Orleans Dermatologist
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Traditional CO2 lasers go deeper, but this may result in more side effects

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Traditional CO2 lasers go deeper, but this may result in more side effects. Fractional CO2 or non-ablative lasers are popular because they have less risk. Because they are gentler, however, they are not as effective in some cases.

William P. Coleman III, MD
Metairie Dermatologic Surgeon
3.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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