CO2 Fx active laser/ Erbium laser

What is C02 Fx activer laser / erbium laser?

A laser is a source of high-intensity light that can be used to treat various conditions of the skin. C02 Fx activer laser and erbium lasers are used for skin resurfacing. The laser beam works by vaporising the outer layer of skin, allowing new skin to grow. This type of treatment is very effective for deep acne scars, severe wrinkles and blemishes.

How does it work?

Skin resurfacing uses very short, concentrated beams of light, which are directed at areas of irregular skin, to remove skin layer by layer.

Before the procedure, an anaesthetic cream will be applied to the areas that will be treated. The process will typically take between 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the area of treatment. It is quite common to experience some swelling, itching or stinging after the treatment and proper moisturisation and sun protection is important for proper recovery.

There are two main methods of skin resurfacing:

  • C02 Fx active laser
    This technique can be used to treat various skin issues, such as scarring, wrinkles, warts and enlarged oil glands. The treatment works by delivering short light energy, or ultrapulse, in a scanning pattern. The light energy removes very thin layers of skin without damaging the remaining skin.
  • Erbium laser
    Erbium laser is effective for the treatment of wrinkles on the face, hands, neck and chest. The technique removes deep lines without damaging surrounding tissue. It is more effective on dark skins than C02 Fx active laser treatment, and generally has fewer side-effects.

Who should undergo this type of treatment?

This type of treatment is very effective for those who have fine lines around the eyes and mouth, as well as on the forehead. It also works well on patients with acne scars.

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DR J STEVE VAN HEERDEN

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases and is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden treats a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails and hair. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.

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