CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses a laser to remove layers of damaged skin, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin. The laser heats and vaporizes the skin’s outer layers, stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin fibers. This helps to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scars. CO2 laser resurfacing is a safe and effective way to achieve smoother, more even-looking skin with minimal downtime.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2 laser resurfacing is a type of ablative laser treatment that removes the top layer of damaged skin. The laser delivers short pulses of energy that vaporize the skin’s outer layers, stimulating the growth of new collagen and elastin fibers. This helps to smooth out wrinkles, fine lines, and scars, while also improving the texture and tone of the skin. CO2 laser resurfacing is effective for treating a variety of skin concerns, including sun damage, age spots, and uneven pigmentation. While downtime can be several days to weeks, the results can last for several years with proper skin care.
What Can I Expect?
CO2 laser resurfacing can be uncomfortable, 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.
After CO2 laser resurfacing, patients can expect to experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort in the treated area. The skin may also appear scabbed or flaky as it heals. Patients should follow their healthcare provider’s instructions for caring for their skin during the recovery process, which may take up to several weeks.
CO2 laser resurfacing can provide significant improvement in the appearance of the skin, with a reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars. Sun damage and age spots can also be significantly reduced, leaving the skin looking brighter and more youthful. While multiple treatments may be required for optimal results, patients can achieve smoother, more even-looking skin with proper care and maintenance.
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Dr. Ruth Hill Yeilding
Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.