WHY DO SKIN CRACKS OCCUR?
Skin cracks might appear during frequent weight put on and losses, and during puberty and pregnancy periods. Skin cracks (stria), which are essentially a hormonal problem, takes place as a result of collagen tissue decomposition in the skin and damage of elastin fibers. It may also appear in extreme cases such as cortisone using.
DO SKIN CRACKS HEAL BY THEMSELVES?
It is impossible for the cracks to heal by themselves; however, some cases may be observed which their effects decrease when evaluated by considering the crack's way of formation. For example, while it is not a much observed case that the effect of cracks which are formed during puberty and pregnancy reduce, it might be seen that the effects of skin cracks reduce which are formed as a result of cortisone using, and their marks tend to heal.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO PREVENT SKIN CRACKS?
Since the formation reasons of skin cracks are not exactly known, it is not possible to prevent skin cracks for now. But with the early recognition of cracks, their effects may be partly reduced by topical products such as vegetable oils, creams etc., which are externally applied when the crack colour is slightly pink, before turning into white.
HOW DOES CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER AFFECT SKIN CRACKS?
Carbondioxide fractional laser triggers the natural skin rejunevation of body by creating damage at epidermis (skin surface) and dermis (middle skin), starts healing of the skin.
ADVANTAGES OF CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER
- Feeling of pain and ache is very low.
- It takes short time to return normal life.
- Tissue reaction is scarcely any.
SIDE EFFECTS OF CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER APPLICATION
- Slight redness may appear after the application, that's temporary.Mostly it returns to its normal course during the day.
- It may cause skin spots on people having dark skin colour.
- It may cause cold sore and pustulation.
DURATION AND INTERVALS OF CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER SESSIONS
Sessions take between 20-30 minutes and are applied in 4-6 weeks according to structure of skin.
NUMBER OF CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER SESSIONS
3-5 sessions are applied according to the problem of skin and based on the healing of body.
SUPPORTING TREATMENT METHODS USED IN SKIN CRACKS
Effectiveness of treatment can be increased by radiofrequency, dermatherapy, carboxytherapy, PRP and GRP.
CONDITIONS TO TAKE CARE AFTER CO2 FRACTIONAL LASER OPERATION
After Co2 fractional laser application, the complaints are generally slight and temporary. After application, a feeling of sunburn may take place for some time. Right after the application, no cold shower for refreshment should be taken. Milder temperatures should be preferred. You can put on make-up after Co2 fractional laser application and apply light moisturizers. In case of edema, coooling with ice packages might be useful. After the application, you should avoid direct sunlight for long time as much as possible, and use high factor sun protectors.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Shall I feel pain during Co2 fractional laser operation?
The state of feeling during Co2 fractional laser operation varies from person to person. Patients define the pain they feel as an instant "pinprick" or "electrification" takin place on skin. Based on the preferences of patients, it is possible to completely prevent pain and ache during operation via regional anesthesia or sedation application.
When do the results of Co2 fractional laser treatment become visible?
A quick improvement is observed immediately after Co2 fractional laser application. Afterwards, this improvement gradually becomes less. Since collagen formation starts after the third month, actual results start to appear as of that month. The best result appears after 6-12 months.