Fractional CO2 lasers, such as the SmartXide are one of the most effective type of skin rejuvenation. These lasers have shown considerable efficacy in reducing wrinkles and improving the texture and tone of the skin. These lasers can also be used to treat acne, both active and scarring.
Though popular, one issue has been the significant redness, which can occur post treatment and last for a few days. However, this will soon be a worry of the past. Developments in medicine and research have found that Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment can play a vital role in recovery.
Platelet Rich Plasma or PRP is extracted from the patients own blood with a simple blood draw. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge which separates it into red blood cells and plasma. The platelet rich plasma is then re-injected into the patient’s skin. When the platelets in the platelet rich plasma are activated, there is a release of several different tissue growth factors. These tissue growth factors create a new healthy blood supply, help with new tissue generation and speed up the process of skin regeneration.
When fractional ablative laser is done thousand of tiny microscopic wounds are spaced evenly across the skin. These micro wounds serve two purposes. They immediately tighten the skin and stimulate collagen formation over the next 6 months and a natural renewal of the skin and they also serve as small conduits to the deep dermis which allows a topically applied product to work.
PRP assisted fractional resurfacing uses these micro channels to allow the PRP to get to the deep dermis and help augment and speed the recovery as well as increase the collagen synthesis. Studies have shown that PRP added to fractionated laser resurfacing significantly decrease the redness, the healing period and keeps down any post inflammatory hyper pigmentation. This also allows more sensitive areas such as the neck and eyelid to be effectively treated and managed post treatment.
The results are better and the recovery time is markedly shortened. Together these treatments can be used to achieve smoother, better texture, healthy and youthful skin in a safe rapid and reliable treatment.