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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing: Guide to Laser Skin Resurfacing in Houston

If you want to remove years of sun-damaged skin, acne scars, burn scars, fine lines or wrinkles in Houston, there is an amazing new technology that combines CO2 laser resurfacing with radio frequency (RF) microneedling to safely address these conditions in just one treatment. 

Now You Don’t Have to Choose Between Laser Skin Resurfacing or Microneedling

By combining these two technologies, you get the best of both. The fractional CO2 for skin resurfacing provides epidermal smoothing and remodeling of the entire epidermis while the radio frequency microneedling targets your deeper dermis for collagen stimulation. These can be used in combination or independently based on your goals and skin types.

“ Typically only one treatment needed ”

A wonderful advantage of this dual technology is that it lowers your number of treatments. Usually only one treatment is needed. If you have darker skin tone, your provider may go more slowly, adding more treatments at lower settings to protect your skin.


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Benefits of combination fractional CO2 and RF microneedling include:

  • Deep wrinkles reduced, softened or removed
  • Sun spots and age spots removed
  • Actinic Keratosis (AK) removed
  • Acne scars minimized or eliminated
  • Warts removed
  • Blemishes addressed
  • Burn scars and atrophic scars minimized and reduced
  • Full thickness of the epidermis and dermis treated

Read on for more about laser resurfacing, the healing process and if your skin tone is suited for the treatment.

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CO2 laser resurfacing was one of the first technologies used in skin resurfacing. With the introduction of fractional treatments, a new, safer way to use CO2 has emerged. Being less ablative than non-fractional CO2, fractionated CO2 in combination with RF microneedling allows for less downtime while still offering similar results.

A fractional laser treats a defined microscopic column of treated and untreated skin in the treatment area. This process shortens recovery time and reduces the risk of side effects of ablative procedures.

Your Skin is Renewed

With the use of the fractional CO2 laser, your epidermis will receive controlled fractionated thermal energy that resurfaces and regenerates the skin, causing new epidermis to grow and collagen to be produced.

During the healing process, new cells are formed that have not been exposed to sunlight or its harmful rays. Underneath your epidermis, collagen and elastin fibers begin to form over the next 3-6 months, providing skin tightening, elasticity and renewal in the deeper dermis.

The fractional radio frequency microneedling technology delivers controlled energy at various depths, giving you beautiful and radiant skin with little to no downtime. You will see results of toned, healthier skin and improved appearance. This combination treatment also increases hyaluronic acid production, giving you  smoother skin.

Various Skin Tones and Treatment

You may have heard that darker skin tones are not good candidates for laser resurfacing however that is not always the case. As reported by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, having darker skin does not necessarily preclude you from laser resurfacing.

While certain lasers are not well suited for darker skin types there are possibilities for treatment. For lighter toned African American, Hispanic or Asian skin, Secret Pro’s fractionated CO2 treatments may be a great option. In the past, Erbium lasers were the only answer. However, if your skin is on the darker side, now you can consider the Secret Pro’s radio frequency microneedling option.

“Having darker skin does not necessarily preclude you from laser resurfacing”…. American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.

The best way to protect your skin with any laser resurfacing procedure is to make sure you select the right skin care provider who has experience in various laser treatment procedures and understands laser standards. Having a board certified physician like those at ChristiMD who is familiar with CO2 and the use of lasers is important.

Why Choose ChristiMD Med Spa

ChristiMD Med Spa is well known for its specialized cosmetic and urological treatments. It is truly one of the few Houston, Texas centers offering complete care for sexual dysfunction as well as delivering advanced laser and cosmetic procedures for men and women. You can experience the opportunity to build better relationships by addressing internal conditions such as sexual dysfunction issues and urinary incontinence concerns while at the same time treating external skin care needs. Working to correct both, you gain physical and emotional self-confidence.

As board certified physicians in urology and urogynecology, Dr. Christi and Dr. Underwood have extensive experience with lasers in both the operating room as well as with medical spa treatments. You can rest assured your body will be in expert hands.

In addition to these outstanding, award-winning physicians, you will also find competent and well-trained PA’s and aestheticians who are delivering additional services such as dermal fillers, Botox® and Xeomen®, Facials and other skin rejuvenation procedures.

Call ChristiMD today to schedule your consultation! 281-717-4003