Fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing can erase years from your face and dramatically improve the appearance of wrinkles and pigment. Treatments can be tailored to individual needs and skin types. Even the neck and chest can be treated along with the face, enhancing the overall result of skin rejuvenation. In the past, traditional CO2 laser treatments removed the entire surface of the skin, which resulted in lengthy healing time and had a higher potential for undesired skin lightening or scarring. Fractionated CO2 lasers use small columns of energy to ablate targeted areas of the skin. This creates tiny, organized “injuries” which are surrounded by untouched, healthy skin. This arrangement helps with healing, as well as the production of new collagen and elastin, and the chance of skin lightening or scarring is significantly diminished. Recovery time is 5 to 7 days.