Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Ablative CO2 Laser Resurfacing

The ablative Lumenis CO2 laser is the gold standard laser for treating wrinkles and brown spots. More specifically, the ablative CO2 laser removes the top layer of skin (epidermis) to target brown spots, and tightens the collagen in the underlying skin (dermis) to address skin wrinkling. The YMD team customizes their ablative CO2 laser treatments by adjusting the strength and depth of the laser, depending on the level of wrinkling in the various facial regions of the patient – recovery time will also depend on the strength and depth of the laser. Ablative CO2 Laser resurfacing is one of the most powerful skin rejuvenation techniques available for facial skin, as you will experience an immediate tightening of the collagen after just one session.

Ablative CO2 Laser Resurfacing

How Can I Prepare for a Ablative CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Review your medical history with a healthcare professional. Prepare by adjusting your medications and skincare regimen as recommended by your doctor. Avoid exposure to UV rays as well as self-tanning products prior to treatment in order to avoid adverse reactions. Avoid waxing or tweezing for one to two weeks.

What Can I Expect?


Ablative CO2 laser resurfacing causes mild discomfort, but should not cause pain postoperatively. Our staff at YMD ensures that our patients are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. 


Patience is key when recovering from ablative CO2 laser resurfacing. The recovery period will vary from patient to patient, depending on the level of wrinkling in the various facial regions as well as strength and depth of the laser. The YMD team will follow you closely throughout the first week to determine when Aquaphor can be stopped, make sure the skin is healing appropriately, and there are no signs of infection. The two things patients complain most of postoperatively is the reapplication process of Aquaphor and the pinkness and splotches that last different amounts of time in different patients depending on how aggressive the patient’s pathology is and thus how aggressive the laser is. A thick lubricating ointment is applied to the treated skin for the first week along with vinegar soaks which we will discuss in detail. While the Aquaphor is being applied the top layer of skin falls off.  After that, a new layer of the top layer of skin grows in creating a new epidermis. While downtime lasts for at least one week, the results are long lasting when combined with proper lifestyle habits and skin care. Avoid using makeup or any harsh products on the skin until you are fully healed from this treatment. The staff at YMD will walk with you every step of the way.


Our laser resurfacing treatments are renowned for delivering remarkable results that speak for themselves after just one treatment. Our commitment to your wellbeing ensures peace of mind and an invigorating transformation you can be proud of, including smoothed, illuminated skin that boosts self-assurance. Having a decent skin care routine plays a vital role in producing the best results from this surgical procedure, as well as protecting your skin from future damage. Trust us with restoring your skin’s full potential – we guarantee a rejuvenation beyond compare.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here at YMD, we offer everything from surgical procedures, laser treatments, and aesthetic enhancements that help you feel as good as you look. 

CO2 laser resurfacing can cause some discomfort, with most patients experiencing some degree of pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, local anesthesia and sedation can be used to minimize any discomfort.

The recovery process for CO2 laser resurfacing can take up to several weeks, with most patients experiencing some redness, swelling, and discomfort in the treated area. Patients should follow their healthcare provider's instructions for caring for their skin during the recovery process.

The number of treatments needed to see results from CO2 laser resurfacing depends on the individual's skin concerns and the severity of the condition being treated. Most patients will require multiple treatments spaced several weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

CO2 laser resurfacing does carry some risks, including redness, swelling, and discomfort in the treated area. In rare cases, scarring or infection may occur. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider to discuss any potential risks or side effects associated with the procedure.

Patients should follow a gentle skincare routine after CO2 laser resurfacing, using mild cleansers and moisturizers to avoid further irritation. Sun protection is also crucial during the recovery process, as the skin will be more sensitive to sunlight. Patients should avoid exposure to the sun or use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.


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