Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fractional CO2 in Laser Tattoo Removal

We use a fractional CO2 laser (FCO2) in our practice. FCO2 is a cutting edge therapy being used for tattoo removal. You may have heard of FCO2 referred to as a Fraxel treatment for skin tightening and scar revision. It also helps remove your ink.

Remember your skin is three layers: the epidermis, which is continuously being remade; the dermis, where your ink, sweat glands and hair follicles are located; and a fat layer. The FCO2 drills miniature holes, about the diameter of a human hair, into your dermis forcing your skin into a super healing mode. Your ink is a casualty of the healing process.

While our Quanta Q-Switch laser remains the gold standard for removing tattoo ink, adding FCO2 is another tool we have to individualize tattoo removal treatments. It can release ink from scar tissue   allowing the ink to be removed up by the immune system. The healing process also moves the ink higher in the skin making it easier to break up with the Q-Switch laser.