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.
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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, we frequently combine 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.
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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 at our office 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 480-696-6361 to schedule a consultation. We are dedicated to providing patients with an unsurpassed surgical experience-compassionate, personalized patient care, the latest surgical techniques, and outstanding results.
CO2 Laser Treatment FAQs
How long does it take to see results from co2 laser?
The CO2 fractional laser is a carbon dioxide laser that removes the outer layers of damaged skin and promotes the regeneration of healthy skin. It treats sun damage, deep wrinkles, scarring, skin tone, laxity, and skin texture. Your skin might take up to 3 weeks to heal from the CO2 laser therapy. You will find that your skin has turned slightly pink during this time and there are some improvements in the tone and texture of your skin. Once your skin has completely healed, you will see your final results. Usually, this happens in 3 to 6 months from the treatment for most people. When you continue to follow a good skin care regimen and avoid sun damage with the use of SPF, you will be able to retain your stunning results for many years.
How many Fraxel laser treatments are needed?
Fraxel laser treatments are highly beneficial in the treatment of several skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture, and wrinkles. It can also help with mild to moderate acne scarring. It helps you achieve younger and healthier skin with natural skin tightening. Generally, one Fraxel treatment is sufficient to see results but it depends on you and the skin care goals you have. Usually, dermatologists recommend 3 to 5 treatment sessions for your skin issues. In case you are undergoing Fraxel treatment for minimizing the post-surgical scars, 3 treatment sessions are recommended. Depending on your reaction to the treatment, you will have to space your treatment sessions by a few weeks. Usually, your Fraxel treatments should be at least 3 to 8 weeks apart.
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