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.
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