Dr. Ruth Yeilding, MD

Ablative CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

The ablative Lumenis CO2 laser is the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing, effectively 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 Ablative CO2 Laser Skin 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 skin resurfacing causes mild discomfort, but should not cause pain postoperatively. Our staff at YMD ensures that our patients are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. 


Recovery from ablative CO2 laser resurfacing varies based on wrinkles and laser intensity. YMD closely monitors recovery, addressing concerns like Aquaphor reapplication and skin healing. Post-treatment care includes a week of thick ointment and vinegar soaks, allowing the top layer of skin to shed and new skin to form. Results are long-lasting with proper care, but makeup and harsh products should be avoided until fully healed. The staff at YMD will guide you throughout your recovery.


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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