Among the many laser technologies used for skin rejuvenation, resurfacing and tightening, carbon dioxide or CO2 laser technology is often considered the most effective for addressing some of the most substantial signs of skin aging and facial scarring.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Indications
Depending on your unique skin characteristics and cosmetic goals, CO2 laser resurfacing treatment may be recommended to adult men and women who wish to address address the following skin conditions on the face and neck:
- Moderate to severe acne scars
- Moderate to deep wrinkles
- Numerous fine lines
- Crepey skin
- Skin laxity
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment
CO2 lasers are ablative, meaning they penetrate the skin deeply and vaporize its damaged outer layers to promote collagen remodeling. As your skin heals, this will result in a significant improvement in skin tone and texture.
Before CO2 laser treatment, you will be instructed to begin using a cortisone cream, as well as antibiotic and antiviral medication. For patients with darker or ethnic skin tones, use of a bleaching cream may be recommended prior to CO2 laser resurfacing to reduce the risk of long-term pigmentation changes. Preventive measures will also need to be taken if you are prone to cold sores, as like other laser resurfacing procedures, CO2 laser treatment may stimulate a cold sore outbreak.
Anesthesia will be used to decrease discomfort during CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, and the entire procedure takes about 20 to 60 minutes.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Recovery
Depending on the aggressiveness of your treatment, downtime after CO2 laser resurfacing is usually 1 - 2 weeks. Redness may last several weeks and even months after treatment but can be easily hidden with makeup.
Side effects, such as pigmentation changes and scarring may occur following CO2 laser treatment, however these can typically be avoided by seeking treatment with an experienced New York skin care expert and following instructions for pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure care.
The effects of CO2 laser resurfacing are similar to those of a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion treatment, however with the advent of fractional laser technology, the length and severity of CO2 laser resurfacing recovery has been significantly decreased.
Would you like to learn more about CO2 Laser Resurfacing? Call 212-772-7242 to schedule a consultation at Sadick Dermatology.