Doctor’s Thoughts on CO2 Laser Treatment
At Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, we strive to understand your unique concerns and goals to find the right facial treatment plan for you. When it comes to CO2 laser resurfacing, we will be honest about the pros and cons of this treatment option. For many, the results of a nonsurgical solution like CO2 laser resurfacing is enough to improve a range of skin concerns. We’ve helped hundreds of patients achieve improvements to the appearance and health of their skin through CO2 laser resurfacing. As board certified surgeons, we aim to deliver the best care, from consultation to post-op. To get started on your procedure or to learn more about your options, contact our office and schedule your consultation.
CO2 laser treatment is an effective skin resurfacing technique that can improve the surface of the skin, as well as trigger the body’s collagen production for stronger, younger-looking skin. CO2 laser technology involves targeting only certain zones of the skin, alternating to leave some areas untreated. This has benefits such as fewer side effects and quicker healing after treatment. Newer CO2 lasers that we use are “fractionated” are safer, minimize the potential for skin pigmentation changes, and for faster recovery.
CO2 laser treatment can improve the following skin concerns:
- Acne scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity
- Surgical or burn scars
- Brown spots
There are many different laser technologies available based on your concerns, goals, and skin type. The CO2 laser can be combined with surgical rejuvenation procedures or other laser treatments like the IPL. If you have active acne or other skin conditions that could prevent proper healing, you may not be a candidate for CO2 laser treatment.
Prior to treatment with the CO2 laser, the skin will be cleansed and topical numbing cream will be applied to maximize your comfort. Laser energy will then be directed at the skin in quick bursts. Only certain areas of the skin will be targeted, allowing untreated areas to speed up the healing process. The CO2 laser treatment process can take 45 minutes to an hour to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area.
After CO2 laser treatment, the skin will appear red, swollen, and may sting or feel uncomfortable for several days. Over-the-counter pain medication can ease your discomfort. It is important to avoid itching the treated skin, and keep the area clean and bandaged during the initial healing. Over the next week, the skin will begin to peel to reveal the new layer beneath.
Only side effects of your treatment have diminished, you can enjoy healthier, younger-looking skin. CO2 laser treatment can fade the appearance of your blemishes for long-lasting improvements, as well as induce your natural collagen production to address signs of aging.
To learn more about your CO2 laser treatment at Pacific Center Plastic Surgery, contact our office and schedule your consultation.