C02 Laser Resurfacing

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CO2 Laser Resurfacing has been used for many years in the world of health and cosmetic beauty. In previous years, this treatment had a very long down-time and could only be used with patients who have very light skin tones.

In recent years however, advancements in technology have led to the development of fractionated CO2 lasers which can deliver the same amazing results, and have also cut the down-time by nearly 80%. This laser treatment utilizes carbon dioxide gas to help enhance facial skin quality.

What Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treat?

Laser Resurfacing is used to tighten the skin and to treat fine lines. It also treats wrinkles, aged or sun-damaged skin,and scarring.  Laser treatment can also remove tattoos and improve other skin conditions. This non-invasive procedure produces long lasting results and helps promote the growth of new and healthy skin cells. One session of treatment can make your skin look and feel years younger.

The Laser works to stimulate collagen growth by causing microscopic damage to the skin structure below the surface. Collagen is responsible for providing your skin with healthy, new cells that provide more structure, and giving your skin more elasticity. This will give your skin a smoother texture to the touch and a tighter, younger looking appearance.

Before & After Treatment Photos

1 Treatment Fine Lines Around Eyes and Cheeks 1


1 Treatment Fine Lines Around Eyes and Cheeks 1
1 Treatment Fine Lines Around Eyes and Cheeks 1

How Does Laser Resurfacing Treatment Work?

Before laser resurfacing treatment, your skin needs to be moisturized and protected with a special cream for several weeks prior to the treatment. On the day of the treatment session, before the laser procedure begins, a topical numbing cream is applied to your skin to help minimize any discomfort during the treatment.

After your skin feels numb, the Laser is used to completely remove the top layers of skin, allowing new skin cells to surface. This will trigger the healing effect, and your skin will begin new skin cell growth. You will notice smaller sized pores as well as smoother skin texture. One session of treatment can take anywhere from one to two hours.

What is Laser Resurfacing Treatment Recovery Like?

After the treatment, you may experience swelling and redness for up to a week, depending on the intensity of the treatment. You will be given instructions on how to care for your skin that was treated, which will help improve the healing time. Protecting your newly formed and fresh skin from the sun is an important element to the success of the procedure. After 4 months from your procedure, you’ll begin to notice the full effect of your results. Many patients begin to see significant results after just one treatment session!

Before and after a single laser treatment. Notice the youthful appearance of the skin after this simple in-office procedure.

One treatment alone can significantly improve unwanted acne scars.

Before and after a single laser treatment. Notice the youthful appearance of the skin after<br> this simple in-office procedure.
Before and after a single laser treatment. Notice the youthful appearance of the skin after
this simple in-office procedure.
One treatment alone can significantly improve unwanted acne scars.
One treatment alone can significantly improve unwanted acne scars.

Is CO2 Laser Resurfacing Painful?

The level of discomfort you may feel depends on how well you can tolerate the treatment. A majority of patients describe the feeling as a rubber band snapping against their skin. However, this can be counteracted by requesting a topical anesthetic prior to treatment.

What Are The Risks of Getting CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Although CO2 laser resurfacing is generally a safe procedure to have, there are a few potential risks you need to consider before receiving treatment.

These risks include the following:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Skin irritation
  • Increased chance of infection
  • Itching
  • Dry skin
  • Scarring
  • Changes in your skin’s pigmentation
  • Reactivating cold sores
  • Prolonged healing

The chance of these risks occurring is low when the procedure is performed by a qualified professional. However, it is important to discuss these risks with your provider before treatment so you know what to expect.

What is The Recovery Process Like?

On average, it can take up to two weeks to recover from a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure. However, recovering from a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure is different for everyone and depends on several factors. For example, your recovery depends on the depth and intensity of the treatment. If you have had a large area treated or deep wrinkles, it is not uncommon to have a longer recovery.

During your recovery, you can expect to experience mild discomfort and swelling. Furthermore, you may also have a feeling akin to a sunburn. These are temporary side effects and gradually fade as the skin heals.

How Many Sessions Do I Need For Optimal Results?

The amount of sessions needed for the best results also varies. On average, most patients need about two to three sessions for the best results possible. In some cases, you might only need one treatment, while others may require multiple sessions spaced out between months. One of our providers will assess your skin, its quality, and your signs of aging to determine the amount of sessions you need.

Is CO2 Laser Resurfacing Safe For All Skin Types?

Although CO2 laser resurfacing can help treat many skin types, those who have a darker skin type may have an increased risk of scarring, skin damage, and changes to their pigmentation.

Who is a Good Candidate For CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Before anyone can undergo CO2 Laser Resurfacing, they must first be deemed as an eligible candidate for the procedure.

You are a good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are in good health.
  • You have realistic expectations regarding the procedure.
  • You are a non-smoker.
  • You have a skin condition, such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and sun damage. 
  • You are not pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • You do not have an active skin infection.
  • You are ready to commit to post-treatment care.

You will know whether or not you are a good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing during your consultation. If you do not meet any of the criteria above, one of our providers can offer you safer alternatives to help you meet your aesthetic goals. 

Schedule an Appointment Today!

At the Skin & Beauty Center, our mission is to help you reach your beauty and wellness goals. Our team of healthcare professionals are dedicated to providing you with the best service and care possible.

For more information on C02 Laser Resurfacing, or to schedule your appointment with Skin & Beauty Center, contact us today! Our practice has convenient locations in Burbank, Northridge, Glendale, West Hills, and Santa Clarita. Give us a call to see what we can do for you!

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