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Dr. Michael Morrissette
2749 Loma Vista Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

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Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in columns, leaving intact skin surrounding each column to aid in the healing process. This treatment can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, uneven coloration, scarring, dull skin tone, lax skin, and textural irregularities and improve the collagen layer in the face, neck, and chest. Fractional C02 Laser Resurfacing gives effective, safe results for individuals who don't want the expense, down time and pain of surgery.

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Who Is a Good Candidate for Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

In your initial consultation, Dr. Morrissette can determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment, after evaluating your medical history, areas of concern, and treatment goals. Some downtime is required for this procedure - it can take one to two weeks to heal. In most cases, we try to achieve a recovery whereby you can return to normal activities in one week, including applying makeup.

Patients should understand the risks and the time involved and have realistic expectations for this procedure. Our Ventura Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing may be an excellent option for people with:

  • Sun damage
  • Wrinkles
  • Irregular skin texture
  • Sagging
  • Scarring
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone

How Many Treatments Are Required with Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

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This non-surgical treatment is recommended for advanced wrinkling and skin damage and for achieving significant results with a single treatment. Effects of Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can be comparable to having multiple other non-surgical treatments performed at one time. In some cases, more than one treatment may be needed for a specific area of the face... for example, deep lines around the mouth may require additional treatments.

Though the effects of Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing are permanent, maintenance treatment may be needed because the aging process continues, and damage from the sun over time can contribute to increased wrinkling. Following treatment, it is important to use proper skin care.

What Can I Expect with CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

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This procedure is performed in our state-of-the-art facility by Dr. Morrissette, Intravenous sedation is given to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the entire procedure. It generally takes about an hour, but could take more or less time, depending on the size of the area treated.

Most patients experience a feeling comparable to having a bad sunburn for one-half to two days after the procedure. Essentially, the top layer of skin is removed with this treatment. It will heal in approximately seven days or more, depending on the area treated and how aggressive the treatment.

The skin will peel and be replaced by new, smoother skin. During the healing process, you can expect redness, crusting, dryness, peeling, and flaking, and possibly oozing and minor bleeding with a deep treatment. Work and social activities will need to be curtailed during the initial healing period.

Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing

When the skin has healed, Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can produce a significant reduction in sun damage, freckling, fine lines, and wrinkles, and a noticeable improvement in skin tone, texture, and elasticity. If sun exposure is avoided and proper skin care is maintained, the skin will continue to improve for approximately six months after the procedure. In some cases, it may take even longer to reach maximum results.

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Our team strives to provide the best care possible in our safe, modern facility. We deliver a wide range of cosmetic surgical procedures from rhinoplasty, facelift, facial fat grafting, implants to lower eyelid surgery along with a variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures in our medical spa.

When you come to our office for cosmetic surgical or non-surgical treatment, after evaluation of your medical history and treatment objectives, we can determine if Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is right for you. Dr. Morrissette only performs procedures he knows will benefit the patient, and our entire medical team is highly professional, focused on providing treatments in the safest possible manner.

Your first step...

Your first step is to come to our office and meet with us about what you hope to achieve. Dr. Morrissette is involved in creating a natural looking result, and never recommends surgery when it isn't warranted, or won't benefit the patient. We proudly serve all of Ventura County, including Oxnard, Camarillo, Ojai and Santa Barbara. Call today to schedule a free consultation with us.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


The COVID-19 epidemic has created unprecedented circumstances for our community. Our practice has been paying close attention to the guidelines put in place by the government and the CDC and we want to reassure you that, as always, your health and well-being is our primary concern.

With this in mind, we are offering virtual consultations to patients via face time, however face-to-face in office consultation are still available. To schedule a virtual consultation or in office consultation call our office at (805)-214-4034.

Please know that we are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and doing our part to make sure that you are protected.

  • We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. Our preventative measures include:
  • Fully training all staff members to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.
  • Asking all staff, vendors and ancillary personnel to refrain from coming to the office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Asking every patient to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms and inquiring about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing, as this continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is something that we have always constantly done, we are now doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • Constantly sanitizing all surfaces (which we have always done as an accredited facility). However, we have now increased this routine and are wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities multiple times each day.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this country even better than it currently is. We are closely monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will update our practice’s guidelines as needed to protect our patients.

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