eCO2 ablative laser
The eCO2 laser is an ablative laser, meaning that the heat it generates ‘ablates’ or ‘vaporises’ the skin, removing it until a certain depth. The eCO2 laser is used in surgical or in fractional mode.
Surgical laser ablation is the use of the CO2 laser with a surgical handpiece to very selectively and precisely remove certain benign skin lesions like dermal moles, xanthelasma, syringoma, etc. The healing after this surgical treatments takes 3 -10 days.
Fractional ablative eCO2 lasers only treat skin micro-columns, sparing the skin between these columns (that are not being damaged). This untreated surrounding skin promotes a much faster recovery with fewer risks of complications in comparison with full ablative lasers. The treated skin columns experience enough ‘laser injury’ to stimulate the production of new collagen. The new collagen formation will continue over the next 3 to 6 months, which means that the skin will continue to improve in these few months after treatment. The result is a renewed skin with a better texture, a smoother surface, less wrinkles and less skin laxity.
Medical indications of fractional ablative CO2 lasers are scars treatments (reduction of scars) and to enhance the penetration of some topical medication into the skin (laser assisted drug delivery).
A fractional ablative eCO2 laser treatment needs pain management with painkillers and local anaesthesia (numbing cream or injections)
After a fractional eCO2 treatment treatment there is a downtime of 3-5 days of swelling and crusts, but the redness can persist for 2-3 weeks. Results become visible after 3 to 6 months.
LaseMD Ultra non-ablative laser
The LaseMD Ultra laser, is a non-ablative thulium laser which is a gentle skin resurfacing laser. It mainly works on superficial skin layers (epidermis and superficial dermis) and has similar effects than CO2 or erbium laser, but is less aggressive.
It is used for laser assisted drug delivery :
- minoxidil and PRP for hairloss
- Metvix for laser assisted PDT in actinic keratosis
- tranexamic acid for melasma treatment
Other medical indications of Lasemd ultra are acne and superficial acne scars, epidermal pigmented lesions, actinic keratosis and photo-damaged skin.
Genius Microneedling RadioFrequency (MRF).
Genius microneedling RF or the TotalSkin Solution (combined use in the same session of Genius and LaseMD Ultra), have similar or even better effects on collagen stimulation and skin resurfacing with less downtime compared with fractional CO2 lasers.
Genius and Totalskin solution are best options for acne scar treatment and for skin tightening (stretch marks, scars..).
Another medical indication of Genius MRF is axillary hyperhidrosis or excessieve sweating in armpits. The RF energy will destroy a great number of sweat glands, leading to reduction of sweat production. The treatment is done under local anesthesia, in 2 sessions with 4 weeks interval