For those looking for a quick, painless and lasting treatment for unwanted facial blemishes, including wrinkles, acne scars, crows feet or blotchy, discolored skin CO2 laser resurfacing provides the perfect answer. Hailed as the “anti-aging breakthrough of the decade” CO2 laser technology was developed many years ago but has seen several incredible advancements since in the past decade. The treatment is now quick, effective, and pain free, requiring no anesthesia or numbing agents. The treatment can be used for both cosmetic and medical reasons, and is an approved remedy for removing birthmarks, cancerous skin cells, warts and scars.
What is it?
CO2 laser resurfacing administers highly concentrated pulses of laser light directly onto the affected areas of skin. Advancements to laser technology have reduced the thermal impact laser technology has on your skin, leaving the non-treated areas of your skin untouched. The treatment can be performed on a variety of areas, including the face, hands, chest and neck. A partial treatment, performed on specific areas of the face or body, usually take between 30 and 45 minutes. Full facial CO2 laser resurfacing can take between an hour to an hour and a half. Oftentimes only one round of treatment is required for superficial scarring and wrinkles contained in upper layers of the epidermis. For deeper skin issues additional treatments may be required. There are many customizations that can be made to the intensity and method with which the CO2 laser resurfacing is applied and doctors will tailor the treatment to work effectively with your specific skin type, complexion and dermatological needs.
How it works?
Since your epidermis is composed of 70% water these pulsating beams of light evaporate the water and gently dissolve the damaged layers of your skin’s surface. This will surface the newer, younger layers of your skin that have not been damaged by acne, scarring, exposure to the elements, or affected by aging. After the treatment, the area where the laser therapy was applied my by dry and peel a minimal amount as the remaining layers of dead skin shed themselves. Recovery time from the procedure is typically between 1 to 2 weeks, during which time a light dressing is applied to protect the sensitive new skin and patients are advised to clean the treated area regularly with either cool tap water or a diluted vinegar solution.
CO2 laser resurfacing is very precise, using highly concentrated, controlled beams of light that dramatically reduce the risk of scarring. Since laser treatment is fairly non-invasive the amount of post-care needed after the treatment is very manageable. Patients will be instructed to wash and clean the affected area between 3 to 5 times a day for several days after the procedure. The new skin can than be properly cared for by simply applying a nourishing moisturizer and liberally using sunscreen of at least SPF 15. Collagen production is stimulated in the treated areas and as the new skin is properly cared for it will continue to firm and rejuvenate itself for up to a year after the initial procedure.