CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing refers to the use of a high-powered carbon dioxide laser during treatment. This laser vaporizes dull and damaged surface layers of skin with its high-energy beam. CO2 laser resurfacing can provide more extensive and long-lasting cosmetic correction compared to other treatments like dermabrasion, microneedling or chemical peels.
CO2 laser resurfacing is much more comprehensive than any at-home resurfacing procedure or even the “lunchtime” type procedures available at med spas. This is an in-depth rejuvenation that requires the patient to be under full anesthesia and is performed by our doctors in a surgical suite setting.
What to Expect
The CO2 laser produces a “controlled injury” of the skin’s surface layers. As the skin heals, new collagen fibers are produced, restoring elasticity for a more youthful look. This treatment can be ideal for:
- Minimizing wrinkles
- Creating a more even skin tone
- Reducing facial scarring
- Creating a smoother skin texture
- Providing a small degree of skin tightening
If you have lines, wrinkles, acne scars or other facial blemishes, you may be a great candidate for C02 laser resurfacing. Keep in mind that because the procedure may cause some degree of permanent skin discoloration, people with lighter skin tones tend to have better results.
Your treatment provider will choose the level of energy emitted by our MiXto CO2 laser during your treatment. The device offers a high degree of fine tuning so your laser treatment will be customized and reflect what your skin specifically needs. The skill and experience of the doctor administering the treatment is immensely important. A CO2 laser can cause lasting skin damage and scarring when used by an inexperienced provider.
CO2 laser treatments can be administered to your entire face, or can be focused on a particular area subject to scarring or wrinkling. They are often a great addition for our patients who are already planning a facial cosmetic surgery procedure such as a facelift/neck lift or eyelid surgery.
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Recovery & Results
After the procedure, your skin will be oozy, swollen and feel sensitive for several days. The outer layers of treated skin will peel, and it’s important to keep your skin moisturized and stay out of the sun for several weeks.