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WHAT IS THE CO2 LASER?
The CO2 laser uses a concentrated beam of light to remove the dull and damaged outer layers of skin. This treatment can address sun damage, uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, under eye circles, acne, and acne scarring. The most common areas treated with the CO2 lasers include the face, neck, and hands.Watch Dr. Gawley Videos - Click Here
HOW DOES IT WORK?
While patients typically feel minimal discomfort during treatment, a topical anesthetic is applied prior to the procedure to ensure patient comfort. During treatment, the CO2 laser produces a beam with thousands of small shafts of light. These shafts of light penetrate deep into the skin, causing micro injuries. This, in turn, triggers the body’s natural repair system, stimulating collagen and elastin production. The entire face can be treated in as little as 30 minutes, though total treatment time can differ depending on the number of laser passes needed. While a CO2 laser treatment can be a standalone procedure, Dr. Gawley frequently combines CO2 treatments with other facial rejuvenating procedures for the face, neck, brow, and eye for stunning results.
Following a CO2 laser treatment, patients may feel as though their skin is sunburned for 24 hours. Ice packs can be used to help reduce any discomfort and control swelling. Overall healing time depends on how deep the treatment was. While some patients notice visible results shortly after their procedure, results will continue to improve over the next six months. Patients should avoid sun exposure both before and after their CO2 laser treatment for best results.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE?
The best candidates for CO2 laser treatments are those with lighter skin tones. If you are looking to dramatically improve your skin’s appearance, this treatment may be right for you. A consultation with Dr. Gawley is needed to help determine if this treatment can help you to meet your aesthetic goals.
If you are interested in learning more about CO2 laser treatments in the Scottsdale area, contact Gawley Plastic Surgery today at 480-842-8606 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Gawley and his staff are dedicated to providing patients with an unsurpassed surgical experience-compassionate, personalized patient care, the latest surgical techniques, and outstanding results.