Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Traditionally, wrinkles on the cheeks adjacent to the corner of the lips have been a challenge in cosmetic rejuvenation. Loss of volume, sun exposure and the aging process break down collagen and reduce elasticity, contributing to this rippled wrinkle appearance.
In an attempt to reduce or eliminate these wrinkles, some patients have undergone plastic surgery but received a less than desirable outcome with the face appearing to be pulled too tightly. Others have attempted to inject fillers into the area to reduce the wrinkles, resulting in the cheeks looking disproportionally plump.
Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing utilizes high precision laser beams that penetrate through the epidermis into the dermis to heat and vaporize the skin tissue. Narrow thermal zones are created but some of the surrounding skin remains intact. Faster healing occurs, since only a fraction of the skin is treated. Skin regeneration is stimulated and results in visible tightening and textural improvement. Cell regeneration continues to improve over several months, and the skin progressively becomes smoother and more youthful. Fractional CO2 resurfacing is best utilized in conjunction with plastic surgery or with nonsurgical approaches to rejuvenation, such as neurotoxins and fillers.