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Our CO2 laser is one of the greatest advancements in rejuvenating treatments for aging and sun-damaged skin. Our practice chose this laser so that we can design non-surgical treatments that address fine lines, deep wrinkles, texture irregularities, and scarring all at once.

Using this innovative technology, we are able to treat both superficial layers as well as the deep dermis. This allows us to precisely target the skin’s collagen fibers, dramatically smooth facial lines, and lighten sun-damaged areas.

A Leader in Facial Rejuvenation: Dr. Fechner

While helping our patients determine which treatment options would be best for them, we often include laser treatments as an effective anti-aging solution. Dr. Fechner is a leading authority in facial rejuvenation and our practitioners are highly skilled at guiding patients in the direction that will best meet their aesthetic goals. With that in mind, CO2 laser treatments may be part of our patient’s customized anti-aging treatment plan.

How does our CO2 laser differ from other cosmetic lasers?

Because of its impressive efficacy, our CO2 laser has become the “gold standard” in skin rejuvenation. Many other cosmetic laser treatments recommend around 4 or more treatments in order to achieve a reasonable result. In contrast, our CO2 laser will deliver dramatic improvements after just one treatment session.

How does CO2 laser resurfacing work?

The laser works by sending powerful and microscopically thin beams of light energy into the skin. Fine layers of surface skin are removed. The aged and loosened collagen fibers supporting the skin are remodeled and tightened, producing improvements in the appearance of wrinkles and texture. Through the restructuring process, the skin appears healthier, smoother and softer. Immediate collagen tightening leads to long-term collagen remodeling. The remodeling takes some time to mature, and improvements continue in the months ahead.

Who would benefit from a CO2 laser treatment?

We utilize our CO2 laser as a single treatment option for aging and sun-damaged skin. It is optimally used for patients who do not want to have multiple treatment sessions but want to see significant improvements of age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles.

Most patients will come to us with a combination of sun damage pigmentation, lines, wrinkles and possibly some scarring. The face, neck and chest can all be effectively treated. Our practitioners are typically able to address all of these issues in one treatment.

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What is the treatment like?

Our goal is maximum comfort for our patients during the procedure. Therefore, although not required, we typically provide a light sedative when patients arrive for their appointment. The treatment area (most often the full face), is also numbed with a local anesthetic. The treatment time is around 30 -40 minutes. During the treatment fine layers of the skin are removed and loose collagen fibers contract, leading to softening wrinkles and lines and improving skin texture.

How long is the recovery after CO2 laser resurfacing?

With the CO2 laser treatment, the recovery time is typically two weeks. Initially, you may feel like you are sunburned; over the course of the week following the treatment, the skin will peel revealing new reddish-pink smooth skin. Depending on skin type and extent of treatment, the majority of our patients are able to apply mineral based make-up after 10-12 days. The pinkness will begin to fade over the following week or so. Healing time can vary slightly between patients.

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Dr. Frank Fechner

428 Shrewsbury Street,Worcester, MA 01604

Fax: (508) 754-4222 Tel: 508-306-8363

428 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, MA 01604


On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.



As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.

  • Our accredited practice is exclusively reserved for our patients and staff.
  • Our facility is in a single, free standing building only occupied by our practice. This allows us to limit foot traffic to our patients and staff only.
  • Our staff work only at our facility and all travel in private transport. All of us are otherwise self-isolating at home.
  • We closely monitor our staff for symptoms and elevated temperature daily.
  • We sterilize all our instruments in house further reducing potential exposure.
  • We have PPE to meet our needs.
  • All our staff members will be using appropriate PPE including N95 masks and protective facei shields, goggles and head coverings.
  • We have purchased and installed air scrubbers throughout the facility to clean the air while the practice is open to patients.
  • We have purchased and installed ozone generators designed to sanitize the air in the facility at the end of each day.
  • We have purchased and installed touchless hand sanitizer units throughout the building.
  • We have purchased and installed plexi-glass protective shields in the reception area to provide a protective barrier for staff and patients.
  • Our staff continues to adhere to social distancing guidelines within our facility.
  • We have implemented a stringent survey and testing protocol for staff and patients.
  • We have implemented a virtual check in/ check out process for our patients.
  • We have ensured that there is minimum interaction of patients with other people while in the office.
  • We will continue to offer virtual consults and virtual follow up visits.
  • We provide you with a touchless payment system.

The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.



Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).



  • We will do our best to accommodate your preferred appointment date and time, but we very much appreciate your flexibility during this unprecedented time.
  • When booking your appointment, we will ask for your payment information to be securely stored in our payment system. The card you provide will be the card used to pay for your services. This will allow for a touchless checkout.
  • Required forms and documents will be sent to you electronically two days prior to your scheduled appointment via our new patient app, Touch MD. Touch MD will allow you to receive, review and sign documents directly from your personal cell phone.
  • One hour prior to your appointment, we will send you the Covid-19 Wellness Screening document to be completed via Touch MD. This must be completed prior to entering the building.



  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment time, we ask that you park and remain in your car. Please send us a text message or call to let us know that you have arrived for your appointment.
  • When your provider is ready for your treatment, she will call or text you to let you know you may proceed to our vestibule.
  • Please leave your coat and personal belongings in your car.
  • Please do not bring along family or friends, unless you require physical assistance. They will not be allowed entry to the building.
  • Please wear your mask prior to entering the building and throughout your appointment. Should your mask need to be removed for treatment, your provider will let you know when to safely remove it.
  • Your provider will greet you at the door and will take a no contact temperature reading. *Any patient with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the building and their appointment will be rescheduled a minimum of 14 days later.
  • You will be escorted immediately to a treatment room. Our waiting room will not be open during this time.
  • After your procedure or treatment the provider will collect payment via our secure payment system with the information you provided at booking.
  • Your provider will book a virtual follow up appointment with you, if necessary, and will escort you to the exit.


We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!

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