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Laser Skin Resurfacing


How It Works

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing is a treatment used to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin, deep and fine wrinkles, and improve skin texture and firmness. This treatment uses a CO2 laser to create thousands of microscopic holes in the skin to deliver heat to the underlying dermis, thus stimulating new collagen production.

This treatment helps to:

  • Erase sun damage or sunspots
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Minimize acne scarring
  • Reduce age spots
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Tighten skin

Two Options for Laser Resurfacing.

CO2 Microlaser Peel

This treatment is referred to as a micro-ablative laser treatment, it vaporizes tiny dots of tissue on the skin to promote new collagen production but leaves normal untouched skin between these dots. The heat added to the skin during the procedure helps to tighten skin in the untouched area. This procedure results in faster healing times but requires multiple treatments.


CO2 Deep Fractionated Laser Resurfacing

This treatment uses the same process, vaporizing tiny dots of tissue on the skin to promote new collagen formation but leaves little skin between the vaporized dots. Causing the body to produce a new layer of fresh vibrant skin. This procedure results in longer downtime but allows for significantly better results in as little as one treatment.



  • How long does the treatment take?

    The face itself can be treated in 20-30 minutes, but with the preparation, numbing cream application, and cooling after treatment, the entire process can take up to 1 ½ hours.

  • Is the treatment painful?

    Depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment different numbing options are available. For aggressive treatments local anesthetic will be injected into the major nerves of the face, allowing for complete numbing of the entire face. For mild to moderate treatments topical numbing cream is used to make the treatment as painless as possible. Oral medication for pain and/or anxiety may be taken prior to treatment. If oral medication is taken for anxiety, you will require a driver to take you home afterwards. After the treatment you may feel a warm burning sensation similar to a moderate sunburn. In the days following dryness and itchiness is expected as the treated skin sloughs off and new fresh skin is revealed.

  • How long is recovery and how many treatments will I need?

    This is very dependent on which treatment option you choose. This is a discussion to have during your consultation to decide which treatment will work best for you.

    For the Microlaser Peel treatments, downtime is on average 5-7 days with tenderness, redness, abrasions, flaking and potential swelling. It is recommended to have 3 treatments to see optimal results. Treatments are spaced 3-4 weeks apart.

    For the Laser Deep Laser Resurfacing treatments, downtime can be between 7-14 days with tenderness, redness, abrasions, flaking and swelling. Often only one treatment will be needed.

  • How much do treatments cost?

    Treatment costs vary based on the degree of treatments needed. A consultation is needed for pricing.

  • What skin concerns does laser skin resurfacing address?

    Laser skin resurfacing is a versatile treatment that can effectively address various skin concerns, including:

    • Wrinkles and fine lines
    • Acne scars
    • Age spots and sun damage
    • Uneven skin texture and tone
    • Skin laxity

    This procedure can help rejuvenate the skin, resulting in a smoother, more youthful, and refreshed appearance.

  • Can I undergo laser skin resurfacing if I have active acne?

    Laser skin resurfacing is generally not recommended during an active acne breakout, as the procedure can potentially exacerbate the condition. It’s essential to have your acne under control and in a stable state before considering laser treatment. Your dermatologist or laser specialist can provide guidance on the appropriate timing for your specific situation.

  • What precautions should I take before the treatment?

    Before undergoing laser skin resurfacing, it’s essential to follow specific precautions to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications:

    • Avoid sun exposure: Protect your skin from the sun and tanning beds for a few weeks before the procedure, as sunburned or tanned skin can increase the risk of post-treatment complications.
    • Discontinue certain skincare products: Stop using products that contain retinoids or glycolic acid for a period specified by your provider, as these can make your skin more sensitive to the laser treatment.

    Adhering to these precautions will help ensure a safe and effective procedure.

  • Can laser skin resurfacing be done on all skin types?

    While advancements in laser technology have made the procedure safer and more effective for various skin types, individuals with darker skin tones should consult a specialist before undergoing laser skin resurfacing.

    Darker skin carries a higher risk of pigmentation changes, such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, which may occur due to laser treatment. A skilled practitioner can select the most appropriate laser and settings to minimize these risks while achieving the desired results.

  • Is there any special post-treatment care required?

    Post-treatment care is essential to ensure proper healing and maximize the results of laser skin resurfacing.

    Some common post-treatment care recommendations include:

    • Keeping the skin moisturized to promote healing and minimize dryness.
    • Avoiding sun exposure and using sunblock to protect the treated area from harmful UV rays.
    • Using gentle skincare products and avoiding harsh chemicals or exfoliants.
    • Following any specific instructions provided by your doctor, which may include applying healing ointments or creams.
  • How soon will I see results from laser skin resurfacing?

    The timing of results can vary from person to person and depends on the specific laser used and the depth of the treatment. While some improvements may be noticeable immediately after the procedure, the full effect typically becomes more apparent over several weeks to months as the skin heals and new collagen production is stimulated. Patients often report continued improvement in skin texture and appearance for several months following treatment.

  • Can laser skin resurfacing be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

    Yes, laser skin resurfacing can be effectively combined with other cosmetic procedures to achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Common combination treatments include Botox or dermal fillers to address dynamic wrinkles and volume loss.

    Combining procedures can provide synergistic results, enhancing overall facial aesthetics. Your cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist can assess your unique needs and goals to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific concerns.

  • What are the risks of laser skin resurfacing?

    However, like any medical procedure, it carries certain risks and potential complications, including:

    • Temporary redness and swelling, which are common side effects and usually subside within a few days.
    • Itching or discomfort during the initial healing period.
    • Changes in skin colour such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, although these are relatively rare.
    • Scarring is uncommon but possible, especially with aggressive laser treatments.

    Selecting a reputable and skilled provider is crucial to minimizing these risks and ensuring a safe and successful outcome.

  • Will I need multiple sessions?

    The number of laser skin resurfacing sessions required depends on several factors, including the individual’s skin condition, treatment goals, and the type of laser used. Some patients may achieve satisfactory results with a single session, while others with more complex concerns may benefit from multiple sessions spaced several weeks apart. Your provider will assess your unique needs during the consultation and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan to achieve your desired outcome.

  • Is laser skin resurfacing permanent?

    Laser skin resurfacing provides long-lasting results, but they are not permanent. The skin will continue to age naturally over time, and the effects of sun exposure, lifestyle factors, and genetics will play a role in the ongoing aging process.

    To maintain the results, occasional touch-up treatments may be recommended. Additionally, adopting a skincare routine that includes sun protection and healthy lifestyle practices can help prolong the benefits of laser skin resurfacing.

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