A guide to advanced, powerful C02 laser resurfacing treatment in Colorado Springs
Perfect Skin Dermatology is privileged to offer some of the most powerful, well-tolerated, and safe systems for Co2 laser treatment in Colorado Springs, CO, within an elegant, serene setting. Board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, Dr. Susan Schroeder, further applies her pioneering expertise in energy-based cosmetic treatments to dramatically transform many signs of skin aging.
Carbon dioxide lasers are among the most time-tested, light-based devices available to improve skin quality. Latest-generation technologies deliver ultra-short pulses of light energy to pinpoint specific skin concerns, leaving surrounding areas untouched. The heat that is generated provides additional benefits to the underlying skin by stimulating the production of firming collagen.
Fractionated CO2 Lasers
Continuous beams of light from selected devices are delivered to treatment areas in scanning patterns. These fractionated or fractional procedures divide the light into thousands of microscopic columns or channels, which are around ten times smaller than hair follicles. A fraction of the skin is treated at any given time. As the skin heals, collagen fills in the fractionated areas for a tighter, rejuvenated appearance.
DeepFX™ and ActiveFX™
Developed by leaders in aesthetic medicine, Lumenis, DeepFX™, and ActiveFX™ represent CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing devices. When in the hands of skilled and experienced providers like Dr. Schroeder, they dramatically improve the appearance of deep folds and fine lines alike, as well as uneven tone and a leathery texture. While both technologies have received FDA clearance and are clinically-validated by dozens of studies, each target different skin layers. We can discuss your needs further during a consultation to determine the best approach for you.
What to expect
If these energy-based treatments are appropriate for you, a numbing anesthetic may be applied for enhanced comfort. As the beam of light passes over the surface of the treatment area, the resulting channels that are created not only trigger the production of collagen, but they also stimulate elastic fibers. Additionally, unaffected skin between the channels promotes faster healing and less downtime than comparable procedures and technologies.
As the laser is applied, you may feel some warmth. Depending on your needs and specific skin concerns, treatment can range from around 20 to 60 minutes. Right afterward, the treated skin may still feel a little warm, and the area may be somewhat red and swollen. These effects are temporary and may arise depending on the custom settings that were used for your treatment. Most Perfect Skin Dermatology patients get back to the activities they love in about a week. A daily skincare routine further promotes uneventful and healthy healing.
Staff so welcoming, kind, and low-key. Dr. Schroeder was patient in answering all my questions and ensuring I was comfortable with the course of treatment.Colleen S.
Dr. Susan SchroederSusan Schroeder MD is a Board-Certified Dermatologist with advanced, specialized, and formal fellowship training in Cosmetic and Surgical Dermatology. She is one of a select few in Colorado with this advanced level of training. Throughout her career, Dr. Schroeder has had a keen interest in ageless skin and maintenance on a scientific level. Before private practice, she was an Assistant Professor at The University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus and pioneered the cosmetic dermatology and cosmeceutical division. Dr. Schroeder brings a wealth of knowledge to Colorado Springs from her years of expertise. She addresses all aspects of Dermatology, from skin cancers and acne to injectables, laser skin resurfacing and tumescent liposuction. Her skills are as good-as-it-gets. Dr. Schroeder evaluates the nuances and advancements that drive this market herself, and she never waivers from cutting-edge.
Often, all it takes is one treatment session to get the results you desire with this powerful, precision system. Patients also appreciate that they do not have to wait for results. Improvements are noticeable right away, and the results just keep getting better as collagen stores are renewed. The results can persist for around two years, far longer than the results from neuromodulators (like Botox®) and most dermal fillers (like Juvéderm®). Advanced CO2 fractional laser resurfacing also treats a wider range of conditions aside from the deep furrows and fine lines mentioned above, including:
- Acne (scars)
- Laxity ·
- Droopy eyelids
- Hyperpigmentation (“age” or “sun” spots)
- Visible pores
- Some birthmarks
As with all treatments, laser resurfacing isn’t universally appropriate. Some skin types and skin conditions may preclude you from this technology. But you may still benefit from the many other options available at Perfect Skin Dermatology.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Improve deep wrinkles, fine lines, tone and texture.
2. Dramatic tightening and rejuvenation without surgery.
3. Less downtime compared to similar treatments.
The total skincare solution
DeepFX™ | ActiveFX™ are two CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing solutions of the UltraPulse® and AcuPulse™ systems. With DeepFX™ | ActiveFX™ your physician can offer you dramatic results on a range of skin aging concerns, from deep wrinkles to fine lines and uneven skin tone and texture. DeepFX™ and ActiveFX™ affect different layers of your skin, depending on your specific concern.
Developed by pioneers in aesthetic medicine and trusted by leading professionals around the world, both DeepFX™ and ActiveFX™ have received FDA clearance for treatment and have been clinically validated in dozens of studies. Lumenis energy-based procedures must be performed by a physician or an authorized provider in your region. Energy-based treatments are not suitable for everyone and carry some risks. Be sure to consult with your treatment provider before choosing this procedure
The main advantage of DeepFX™ and ActiveFX™ is that results are visible after one single treatment. As your skin heals following the treatment, you will begin to notice an improvement in wrinkles, fine lines, tone and texture. You should expect to see improvement for up to two years following the procedure due to continued collagen production.
Immediately following treatment, your skin will be warm and may be slightly red and swollen, depending on your customized treatment settings. Most patients are able to resume their daily activities within a week. To support you in the healing process, a daily skincare routine should be prescribed.
DeepFX™ | ActiveFX™ CO2 Skin Resurfacing Technology
The Lumenis® CO2 fractional laser creates microscopic channels that trigger the process of new collagen and elastic fiber production, while leaving some unaffected skin in between the channels to reduce healing time. The result is deep dermal regeneration that dramatically improves your skin elasticity and appearance.
The unique power and precision of Lumenis® technology enables your physician to customize treatments for your specific skin concerns and needs, with optimal safety and healing time.
DeepFX™ | ActiveFX™ Treatment
To minimize discomfort during deeper treatments, a local anesthetic should be applied to numb your skin. Depending on the treatment area, you can expect the session to last approximately 20–30 minutes. During the treatment you may feel a warm sensation as the laser is applied, but you should not feel any discomfort.