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What is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

CO2 fractional resurfacing laser is used to rejuvenate your skin and specifically to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, lax or sagging skin, sun damaged skin, scars (especially acne scars) and removal of pigmented and non-pigmented lesions.

How does it work?

The laser delivers a series of microscopic, closely-spaced, high pulsed energy into the deeper layers of the skin. These micro-channels are surrounded by normal healthy skin. This “fractional” technology enables the laser energy to go deeper into the dermis of the skin, thus creating deeper collagen remodeling and better results.

Is there downtime?

The CO2 fractional laser treatment is customized to address your skin concerns. The amount of “downtime” depends on what protocol is used from no downtime “Lunchtime Laser Peel” to 5-7 days downtime for more aggressive “Look 10 Years Younger Laser Peel”. Dr. Gulcher and her staff will listen to your concerns and help guide you on what type of CO2 treatment is best for you.

How many treatments needed?

The number of treatments needed varies depending upon what is being treated and the amount of downtime allowed. If you just want to treat uneven skin tone (sun spots, sun damage), likely only 1 Light Laser Peel treatment is needed. If you have etched fine lines and wrinkles, likely 1-2 Deep Laser Peels will be required.

Does it hurt?

There is minimal discomfort. Topical anesthetic (numbing) cream is applied for 30-45 minutes and a cooling system called the Zimmer is used during your treatment. Afterward, you will feel “hot” for a few hours and your skin will be slightly tender.

When will I see results?

You will see results after your skin peels in a few days. Your skin will look more radiant with improvement in texture and tone. Improvement in wrinkles and sagging skin can take up to 12 weeks since collagen formation and dermal remodeling is a 3-month process.

*The information about CO2 laser resurfacing was reviewed by AMA staff. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using our contact form below.

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