What is it?As the first laser designed for skin resurfacing, it’s been popular since the 1980s for the rejuvenation of aging and damaged skin. A carbon dioxide laser (CO2 laser) resurfaces skin with targeted beams of light.
How does it work?
Electricity runs through a gas-filled tube to produce a specific wavelength of light. The light is emitted in short, concentrated beams, which target water molecules and vaporize skin cells. The laser removes surface cells of the epidermis, making way for fresh, clear new skin.
At the same time, it penetrates the skin’s deeper dermis layer to stimulate new collagen production, which firms and smooths skin over time. CO2 laser resurfacing procedures can treat the full face or work as a spot treatment for isolated concerns like wrinkles or scars.
The photos show the before (pictured left) and after (pictured right) results for Co2RE on scars and texture irregularities.
What are the benefits?
- Treats fine lines and wrinkles
- Removes hyperpigmentation, sun spots and age spots
- Diminishes the appearance of stretch marks, scars and uneven skin texture
- Lightens and brightens skin complexion
- Highly customizable for different skin types and concerns.
Frequently asked questions.
Below is more information you need to know about this treatment.
Results are visible after your skin has completely healed and any lingering redness resolves, which can be several weeks. Surface skin results will be apparent as soon as healing’s complete, but it takes a few months to see the firming effects of increased collagen as your body naturally produces new cells and structural proteins.
Results can last years, but their longevity will depend on the intensity of your treatment and how well you take care of your skin afterward.
You can help maintain your results with ongoing laser treatments or other skin rejuvenation treatments.
Appointments last from 30 minutes to two hours, depending on the size of the treatment area and aggressiveness of treatment. You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied before the procedure typically makes any discomfort tolerable.
Generally, you’ll see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment, your skin will gradually look softer and smoother, with less unwanted pigmentation. The fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and uneven texture will start to show improvement.
Immediately following the procedure, you can expect a sensation similar to a sunburn, lasting several hours. There is a possibility of redness and swelling post treatment. You can expect peeling of dead skin from the treatment area. This is a natural exfoliation process that may last 7 to 10 days.
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