A numbing cream is applied to the area for at least 1-2 hours prior
to treatment, and in some cases local an aesthetic injections are
used. Pain puffers and medication can also be used if needed.
The laser is applied to the affected areas. At the end of the
treatment the area will look like small white or red dots that
disappear by the following day. There is usually redness that lasts
at least 7 days, and swelling for a few days. Most people need
about 5 days off work.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending on the degree or wrinkling or scarring and your
expectations, you would usually need 1-3 treatments. Some people
need more, especially those with severe acne scarring.
What do I look like after the treatment with Fraco2?
Immediately after the treatment you will look red, with tiny white
dots, or pinpoint bleeding on your skin. These dots usually
disappear the next day. Swelling will last a few days and redness
at least 7 days. You can apply makeup usually after 3 days, but you
usually need a few days (5-7) days off work.
What precautions do I need before the treatment?
There are no special precautions before the treatment except:
1.If you have a history of cold sores, you may need to take an anti
cold sore tablet starting the day before treatment.
2.If you have recently taken Ro Accutane for acne, you may more
suited to non ablative fractional laser, eg,
What do I do after the treatment?
After the treatment, in most cases you will
1.Take antibiotics to prevent infection (depending on the doctor’s
2.Use light non greasy moisturizer and sunscreen, the clinic will
recommend one that is suitable for your skin.
3.You may wish to take anti swelling tablets for a few days.
4.You may wish to use compresses with white vinegar and water for
the first 24 hours to reduce swelling.
5.Apply makeup after the a few days.
6.Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser eg Cetaphil lotion.
7.If you have darker skin, you may need to use a bleaching lotion
after the treatment to prevent post treatment increase in skin
What sort of result can I realistically expect?
After one treatment session, depending on the strength of the
treatment, you should notice a significant improvement in wrinkles
especially around the eyes. Lines around the mouth are more
difficult and may need more than one session.
Acne scars usually show more improvement with the fractionated CO2
laser than with the older laser after the first treatment.