Fractional C02 Laser

We will help you smoothen your skin to feel more confident with your appearance.

Rediscover your true look at DermMedica…

For any patient with lines or wrinkles who wants permanent skin smoothing…

A Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser is similar to an Erbium Laser in that they both vaporize water to remove layers of problem skin and stimulate collagen growth. A Fractional CO2 Laser however, is a much better skin tightening laser and therefore is used for the treatment of deeper skin problems.

Dr. Crippen is certified in cosmetic laser procedures by the American Board of Laser Surgery. Always make sure you see an experienced and well-trained laser physician for your fractional laser treatments.

WHY CHOOSE US?

Only clinic in Kelowna that performs full face ablative resurfacing for noticeable permanent results.
Certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery, Member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. Over 10 years of experience performing this procedure on hundreds of patients.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

Procedure Time
30-45 minutes
Recovery Time
7-10 days
Lasts
Permanent
Technique
CO2 laser treatment to remove aged, sun damaged skin.
Results
Seen in 7-10 days, improve over next 2 months
Pain Level
Minimal with anaesthetic
Anesthesia
Topical and injection anaesthetic

AREAS TREATED

FACE
NECK
CHEST
HANDS

Treatment Results

Just like skin, results may vary. These pictures (of our awesome, real-life clients!) help you see what is possible and sets a realistic expectation.

We’d love to get to know you, learn more about your goals, and see what treatment options would suit you best.

Book a consultation with us today!

*Treatment results may vary from person to person

  • I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Crippen for awhile now, he does botox injections for me every 3 months. I was very nervous at first, but the staff and Dr. Crippen made me feel at ease right away. He is a wonderful Doctor, very caring and does a fantastic job. I highly recommend Dr. Crippen. Staff is also excellent!!! Thank you.

    LK Jan 15, 2013
  • Dr. Crippen is an absolute maser with Botox. I’ve had little filler implants done around my face, my ears and lips so far, and each operation came out looking exactly the way I had hoped. Not too puffy, not too thin.

    John Savill Sep 4, 2014
  • This place does the best work of all the skincare clinics I’ve tried in the Vancouver area. I go back periodically for new botox and juvederm injections, and they always make it look brand new and just right every single time. This place has earned my business.

    Greg Monte Aug 26, 2014
  • I was deeply impressed with the work of this clinic. We visited for my teenage daughter after over-the-counter medications had failed her. The acne removal treatment recommended and performed by Doctor Crippen was incredibly effective. We’ve been back for a couple more treatments over the years, and they are all as effective. I wanted to note in particular that he and the staff had a wonderful manner while administering treatment. My daughter typically hates clinical environments but she always felt very comfortable here.

    Phoebe Provenzano Jun 29, 2014
  • This is the only place that I’ve gone for age spots since it opened. I loved how easily I could schedule at short notice, and the commitment the staff showed to making sure that I understood everything I wanted to know. I was treated very well here.

    Yolanda Tighman Sep. 05, 2014
  • I loved how little time it took to set up the chemical peel treatment and to get it. Your clinic made the day very convenient for me, especially since two other clinics had already told me that they couldn’t fit me in that. Your chemical peel was also one of the most effective that I’ve ever had. I’m extremely satisfied.

    SeasonDucharme Sep. 5, 2014
  • I had excellent results with a Coolsculpting operation at this clinic. Dr. Crippen took me through everything I wanted to know before we started, and I was still surprised at how easy it was. It took a little longer than I would have liked for the results to kick in, but I didn’t change anything and I lost weight.

    Ami Hamann Aug 26, 2014
  • My coolsculpting treatment was first performed at this clinic, at the Kelowna location, which might be their only one. I’ve never had coolsculpting performed anywhere else, so I can’t judge the quality compared to other clinics, but it was really effective. The procedure was completely painless and didn’t even feel uncomfortable. The easiest weight I have ever lost.

    Ron Woodhouse Jul 06, 2014
  • Dr Crippen performed the Juvederm treatment in a highly professional, caring and pleasant manner. I found the entire experience to be a comfortable one and despite having some initial reservations/nervousness, both he and his extremely competent staff, made me feel totally at ease and reassured. I cannot speak highly enough of the entire experience of being treated by Dr Crippen and his staff.

    DC Feb 9, 2012
  • I chose DermMedica hoping they would be able to help me with my lips. Dr. Crippen recommended a Juvederm filler, and I’m thrilled with both how easy it was and how great it looks. I was particularly pleased with the end result of the lip filler because I’ve had friends with that swollen look, and I did not want any part of that.

    Harold Elliott Sep. 2, 2014

Fractional CO2 Laser in Kelowna BC | SmartSkin Laser

Fractional CO2 Laser

A Fractional Carbon Dioxide Laser is similar to an Erbium Laser in that they both vaporize water to remove layers of problem skin and stimulate collagen growth.  A Fractional CO2 Laser however, is a much better skin tightening laser and therefore is used for the treatment of deeper skin problems.

Dr. Crippen is certified in cosmetic laser procedures by the American Board of Laser Surgery.  Always make sure you see an experienced and well-trained laser physician for your fractional laser treatments.

How Does a Fractional CO2 Skin Laser Work?

A Fractional CO2 Laser heats water, and our skin cells are made primarily of water.  When directed at the problem skin area, the laser gently removes skin cells, exposing fresh layers of lower lying skin. The heat from the laser also helps to stimulate the growth of new collagen, aiding in the development of younger, smoother skin. No matter how aged the outer layers of skin may appear, Fractional CO2 treatments in Kelowna will always help improve aging and or sun damaged skin.

What Conditions Does a Fractional CO2 Laser Treat?

What is the Procedure for a Fractional Laser Treatment in Kelowna?

At DermMedica, the average Fractional Laser treatment in Kelowna is 20 to 30 minutes. The rest of the appointment time is spent waiting for the numbing cream to properly freeze the treatment area.  After exposure to the laser, the treated skin is soothed with a moisturizing ointment before the patient is able to leave the office and proceed home.  Below here is a video of a patient followed daily for one week during and immediately after a facial fractional CO2 laser treatment.

What is the Recovery Time of a Fractional Laser Treatment in Kelowna?

1-7 days – Due to the intensity of the treatment, Fractional CO2 Laser patients often experience redness, and slight swelling following the procedure. Patients are encouraged to moisturize the skin, apply sunscreen, avoid sun exposure, and maintain a regular cleansing schedule during recovery.

What Are the Expected Results?

Smoother, tighter, firmer, and younger looking skin are the common results of Fractional CO2 Laser treatments. If a Fractional CO2 laser is used to treat acne, brown spots, melasma, or wrinkles, patients can expect the gradual removal of these conditions after a series of treatments.

Quick Answers About Fractional Co2 Laser

Should My Skin Feel Dry After a CO2 Laser Treatment? I’m Pretty Happy with the Skin Tightening Up, but It’s Also Starting to Feel Dry. Is This a Temporary Side Effect, or Is It Something I Should Have Treated?

Shortly after treatment, in the first few weeks, it is entirely normal for the skin to feel dry and tight. We provide good emollients for the skin in these situations and the key thing is to not scratch, but keep the skin well hydrated, eat well, and get a lot of sleep or rest.

Should I Use the IPL or Fractional CO2 for My Face Melasma? I’ve Found What Looks like a Lot of Good Options for Melasma on Your Website, but I’m Not Sure Which One Is Going to Be a Better Match for Me. Am I Expected to Choose the Best Procedure, or Can I Consult with You on That Before I Choose One?

I would not recommend either of those treatments for your standard Melasma condition. We have a very special way of treating Melasma that works quite well for most of our patients. Give us a call to make an appointment to see how we can assist you.

Can I Still Use This Treatment If I’m Pregnant?

We don’t recommend that. If you’re attempting to treat about a sudden breakout that resulted from pregnancy, it’s important to understand that treatment may have no effect at all. Many skin conditions are aggravated by the massive hormone production that occurs during pregnancy, and during that time, the effectiveness of any treatment would be difficult to predict. Once your body has rebalanced after pregnancy, we can help you better understand your options.

Does This Laser Work Only for Facial Treatments?

No. The problems listed above can be treated all over the body, though we may recommend a different treatment path depending on your unique needs and what we find out during the consultation. If you need help with any of these conditions, we likely have multiple means to help you, including some that are a better fit than this one.

Should I Expect More Pain for Sensitive Areas like the Neck?

Patients do report the neck as more sensitive, but our cooling cream is very effective. It’s applied well before treatment, and we pay close attention to our patients throughout the procedure. Serious discomfort is rarely noticed or reported for any area of the face.

What Is the Recovery Time with the Fractional CO2 Ablative Laser for Acne Scars, Wrinkles, Resurfacing?

The normal amount of downtime is about one week but this can vary between patients and the depth of treatment desired. We can alter the downtime to be just a few days or just a few weeks depending on the situation and patients needs.

How Long After CO2 Fractional Laser Do I Wait to Wash My Face?

You will wash your face the next morning as we give you instructions on exactly how to care for your skin during the all-important healing phase of the treatment.

Can I Wash My Face One Day After Fractional CO2 Procedure?

Yes, absolutely, we recommend this to every patient.

What Is the Minimum Age for CO2 Laser?

I usually don’t recommend any fractional laser treatments to patients below the age of 19 as their skin is still maturing and we normally want to treat conditions that are stable over time.

Will Fractional CO2 Permanently Remove Deep Pores and Little Scars?

Fractional co2 laser treatments can definitely improve pore size and scars, this is why we use this technology so often for our patients.

How Deep Do Traditional CO2 Lasers Go?

Fractional CO2 lasers can ablate (remove) skin many mm in depth in the skin but again this is very individual as each patients face and condition is different.

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