CO2 (Laser Resurfacing)

CO2 (Laser Resurfacing)in Scottsdale and Phoenix, AZ

A laser facial rejuvenation procedure

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Skin Resurfacing is minimally invasive and uses a concentrated beam of light to remove the dull and damaged outer layers of skin.

This treatment can address sun damage, uneven pigmentation, skin laxity, 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.

Am I a Good Candidate
for CO2 Laser?

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.

The Procedure

CO2 Laser is a carbon dioxide laser that removes the outer layers of damaged skin and promotes the regeneration of healthy skin. Simply put, this laser has the ability to remove the damaged outer layers of skin and reveal a more youthful glow and finish to the skin. The procedure is not as effective at facial rejuvenation as a facelift but falls somewhere in between injectables and a facelift as far as the level of correction it can achieve.

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.

Facial Rejuvenation Expert

Dr. Gawley has become one of the premiere and most sought after facial rejuvenation surgeons not only in Scottsdale, but also nationally. He’s passionate about achieving the most natural results for his patients and takes a holistic approach to restoring a youthful appearance by focusing on skin damage, volume loss and skin laxity, as well as the importance of pre and post-treatment skincare. Dr. Gawley specializes in all types of facial rejuvenation procedures including SMAS and Deep Plane Facelifts, Endoscopic Face Lift, Brow Lift, eyelid surgery and facial fat grafting. He creates a unique approach for every one of his patients to reach their aesthetic goals with natural results.

Complimentary Procedures

Endoscopic Mid-Facelift

The endoscopic facelift, also referred to as a cheek lift, is minimally invasive and virtually scarless. This method uses tiny incisions hidden in the hairline and a miniature camera to lift the cheek area. A mid facelift can correct:

• Sagging mid-face
• Sagging cheeks
• Cheek folds
• Lines around the mouth
• Jowls
• Hallowing in the lower eyelids
• Deep nasolabial folds (smile lines)

Brow Lift

An Open Brow Lift  involves an incision across the hairline to improve and lift the brow area. Occasionally, our surgeons do perform an endoscopic brow lift, but generally advise against it can have a less long-lasting effect.

• Drooping brow
• Frown lines between the brows (11 lines)
• Skin laxity in the forehead
• Deep forehead wrinkles

Fat Grafting (Fat Transfer)

Transfer of fat to the face is a natural solution to achieve a more youthful look and enhance the results of facial plastic surgery procedures.

Using the patient’s own fat cells, a fat graft, or fat transfer can be used as an alternative to implants or facial fillers. By using your own natural fat cells, a subtle enhancement is achieved for long-lasting, natural results.

Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Lift)

The endoscopic facelift is minimally invasive and virtually scar-less. This method uses tiny incisions and a miniature camera in lifting the cheeks and upper face. The endoscopic facelift can correct:

• Sagging brow
• Frown lines
• Sagging mid-face
• Sagging cheeks
• Cheek folds
• Lines around the mouth
• Jowls

Choosing Your Procedures

During your initial consultation, one of our surgeons will evaluate the condition of your skin and your overall health. 

Facial cosmetic procedures can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After listening to your goals and concerns, they will recommend the facial rejuvenation options that will best achieve the results you desire.

Our surgeons believe it’s important for patients to be well-educated about the risks associated with any cosmetic surgery, including facelift.

Recovery & Results
From CO2 Laser

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. 

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.

Patients should avoid sun exposure both before and after their CO2 laser treatment for best results.

Envision Your
Natural Results

See what our clients say

Patients can feel confident in choosing Gawley Plastic Surgery, as we aim to provide you with the best patient care available.

Dr Bryan Gawley and his team are of the highest caliber.
The client services team ensures you are kept well informed and comfortable throughout the process. You are in great hands with Gawley Plastic Surgery.

- Ben H.

Facelift FAQs

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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