Fractional Carbon Dioxide Lasers, The New Wave of Facial Cosmetic Surgery
I have just returned from Facial Cosmetic Surgery 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada where physicians of the specialties of plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, ophthalmic-plastic surgery, and dermatology met for five days to share what's new in facial cosmetic surgery. The hottest topic of the meeting (no pun intended), and I might add the most misunderstood even by the experts, was fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing.
In the next 5 to 10 years, plastic surgery will be moving toward more non-invasive methods of looking younger and more beautiful. These methods will be focused on the non-invasive treatment of cellulite and fat, as well as CO2 fractionated lasers. I am fortunate to have been trained and to have used the original CO2 lasers in my practice since their inception about 15 years ago. The newest fractional CO2 lasers are very powerful tools that should be used cautiously and by experienced physicians. It is paramount to choose your physician most carefully with this new technology to avoid permanent scarring. When used properly and by experienced physicians, this technology is the wave of the future, a pre-emptive strike against face and neck lifts.
What does it treat? Fraxel re: pair by Reliant treats the earliest signs of aging. If you have reached your late thirties or early forties, you know what they are. Wrinkles, crepiness around the lower eyes, a little extra skin on the upper eyelids, and the dreaded early signs of jowls. This treatment can do what patients have asked me to do for them for years. Patients put their fingers on the corner of their jaws and lightly pull diagonally up towards their ears and say, "Doctor, can't you just do this without cutting?", and now for the first time in my career I can confidently answer, "Yes, with Fraxel repair."
I guarantee that you will be hearing much about many more fractionated CO2 laser devices, and it will certainly get much more confusing as many laser companies soon release their versions, but it is assuring to know (as presented by Vic Narurkar, MD of San Francisco) that Fraxel repair by Reliant has had 27 peer reviewed scientific articles regarding it's technology while the nearest competitor has had only 2 of these articles. It has been tested for over 3 years and has proven to be safe and effective when used properly in carefully selected patients.