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Fractional ablative CO2 laser skin resurfacing. DERMATOLOGY CENTRE Dr. Cathy Dierckxsens Brussels is specialised in cosmetic procedures and lasers treatments for face and body. For medical dermatology the practice is specialised in medical laser treatments, mole- and skin cancer screening and in surgical dermatology. Dermatology Centre Avenue des Nerviens 41, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium +32 (0) 2 735 94 42

The CO2 laser is an ablative laser, meaning that the heat it generates 'ablates' or 'vaporises' the skin,

removing it until a certain depth. 

Fractional ablative CO2 lasers only treat skin micro-columns, sparing the skin between these columns (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, younger skin with a better texture, a smoother surface, less wrinkles and less skin laxity.


A fractional ablative eCO2 laser treatment needs pain management with painkillers and topical anaesthesia (numbing cream). 

After the treatment there is a downtime of 5 to 7 days with redness, swelling and crusts. Results become visible after 1 to 3 months

Indications for fractional ablative eCO2 are skin rejuvenation, skin tone, texture and wrinkle treatment and acne scars treatment but we recommend treatments with microneedling RF or the TotalSkin Solution because of less risks and downtime compared with fractional CO2 lasers.

The eCO2 laser is used with a surgical handpiece for dermal mole removal and other surgical indications.

Fractional ablative CO2 laser skin resurfacing

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