CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser
The CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser is the “Gold Standard” for skin rejuvenation and improving the tone and texture of the skin via ablative or micro-ablative technology (ablative= cutting). This type of laser technology has been around since the early 1990s. Therefore, many treatments have been preformed worldwide. This laser technology has much research base evidence proving the validity of this treatment.
What can the CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treat?
The CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser can treat the following aesthetic concerns:
- Reducing wrinkles
- Skin firming
- Sun damaged skin
- Uneven pigmentation
- Rejuvenate hands and neckline (décolletage)
- Improve the texture of acne and surgical scars
How many treatments are required?
Treatment with the CO2 Skin Resurfacing laser depends on the patient and the indication being treated. Everyone’s body heals very differently, therefore we cannot guarantee the number of treatments needed. These details can be discussed more during the pre-treatment consultation.
How Does CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser work?
The CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser drills thousands of microscopic holes into the skin. The energy delivered from the laser into the skin vaporizes aged skin while stimulating collagen growth.
How long is theCO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment take?
The CO2 Skin Resurfacing laser treatment requires 30 mins for topical anesthesia to become effective. The treatment time for the laser requires up to 1.5 hours. This means you will be in our office for up to 2 hours.
How long do the CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser results last?
Immediately after the treatment the body begins working by replacing aged tissue cells with new cells. Following the treatment, you will notice your skin will be visibly smoother and healthier. Results will continue to improve over the following six months. Results can last many years, if the skin is maintained with good skin care, sunscreen, and sun protection.
At times patient do require other laser or intense pulse light (IPL) treatments to continue the long-lasting results of the CO2 skin resurfacing laser. This can be discussed more during the pre-treatment consultation.
What should you expect after a CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment?
In the days following a CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment the patient should be aware that the skin after a resurfacing ablative laser treatment has been compromised, meaning there are multiple open microscopic holes that require healing. Therefore, the patient should expect their skin to look worse before it begins to look better once the healing has begun.
In the first few days, patient can expect redness, swelling of the face and neck, dryness and crusting of the skin, pinpoint bleeding, heat sensation and itchiness. Most of these side effects subside within the first week. Mild redness and itchiness can last for up to two weeks after the initial treatment.
How do I plan for the CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment?
It is important to consider the downtime (healing time) involved, it is hard to determine the exact amount needed to recover as everyone’s body heals differently. It is recommended that approx. fourteen days following the procedure. The patient should be cautious with their skin and are able to stay home for several days to allow proper healing.
Do I require a consultation prior to the CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment?
Yes, it is required that you meet our expert cosmetic team to discuss any further questions, expectations, and possible medication requirements for the procedure.
How much does the CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment cost?
The CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser treatment depends on the patient and the indication being treated. This can be discussed more in the pre-treatment consultation.