Fractional CO2 Laser

Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing is still the gold-standard for treating acne scars in younger patients. It is most effective for ice-pick acne scars, and is safer and requires less downtime compared to lasers that are fully ablative.

How Does It Work?
Fractional mode (acne scars): the ablative laser vaporizes the treated columns of skin on the surface, leaving normal skin inbetween. This fractionated mode is safer and carries less risk of scarring. Columns of old skin cells are destroyed extending deep into the middle layer of the skin (where scars lie). The laser targets scarred areas and old collagen, leaving areas of healthy tissue to regenerate through collagen and elastin production.

Improved skin texture and elasticity, and shallower acne scars result in younger-looking skin.

Non-fractional mode (for mole removal): This treatment is effective for the removal of moles of up to 2mm in diameter.

Side Effects?
There is a risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) but this is often mild and transient. It is due to the risk of PIH that we recommend this for younger patients only.

For Treatment Of


60 min

What To Expect

With a topical anaesthetic cream, the procedure is tolerable and you will experience a warm, prickly sensation during the procedure.

Our doctors recommend 3 to 6 sessions at two-month intervals to achieve desired results.


If you are considering this treatment, please note that there is downtime involved. After treatment, you may experience soreness and warmth for a few hours.

Your skin will appear pinkish or reddish for 5 to 7 days. In this time, the treated skin will scab, appearing to be ‘sunburnt’ – this typically resolves and heals within 7 days. A non-steroidal arnica gel is offered to help reduce redness.

During this healing phase, it is essential for patients to avoid sun exposure and to use a skin moisturiser and broad spectrum sunscreen. Patients will also be given an oral antihistamine to be taken for 3 days following treatment to reduce itch and swelling.

Prior to treatment, all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by our doctor and patient care counsellors.