The new CO2 fractional laser is the next level of the Fraxel Laser Resurfacing, a favorite for clients and clinical experts. The revolutionary CO2 Laser Resurfacing is an excellent treatment for clients suffering from severe sun damage, deeper wrinkles, uneven tone and texture, and acne scars. Different from laser hair removal, it also offers skin tightening benefits, a smooth and even complexion, and a radiant glow with just one treatment. In 2021, CO2 lasers are the most effective skin resurfacing treatments on the market, offering a dramatic improvement to your skin.
How does CO2 laser resurfacing work?
CO2 lasers are commonly used for the face to deliver incredibly high-energy laser light in short bursts to the skin. CO2 is an ablative laser treatment which means that it is used to remove the top layer of the skin, whereas non-ablative lasers are used to heat the underlying skin tissue to produce new collagen. The treatment exfoliates your skin layer by layer and removes dead, damaged skin cells. From a light peel to a combination of superficial and deep fractional resurfacing, the functional CO2 laser handpiece allows the doctor to control the depth of the treatment, making it a practical option for delicate areas like the face.
The ideal candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing treatment are those that are looking for any of the following:
- Smoothing out any fine lines or deep wrinkles around the brows, mouth, under eyes.
- Correcting uneven skin tone and texture.
- Reducing acne scars.
- Eliminating sun damage and age spots.
- Tightening and rejuvenating the neck.
How long does it take to recover after CO2 laser resurfacing?
After the CO2 laser treatment, it can take 7-14 days for the area to heal; this depends on the depth of the treatment. You can anticipate seeing some swelling and crusting, which subsides after 5-7 days. Your doctor will recommend a post-treatment review and post-procedure skincare and steps to follow for aftercare.
How long do the results last?
The longevity of CO2 laser results is close to that of surgical procedures. However, during your consultation, the doctor will go through the variables and determine how long you can expect results to last concerning your age, health, and skincare routine. With good upkeep and the right professional-grade skincare products for your skin, your CO2 laser treatment results can last for years.
Does CO2 laser resurfacing hurt?
CO2 laser resurfacing is a non-surgical treatment that means more minor scars and bruising. During the treatment, you can expect some discomfort, but your doctor will ensure that you are comfortable and help you manage any discomfort with numbing creams. Some clients compare the feeling to pins and needles, but this can vary for everyone’s pain threshold just as it does with laser hair removal.
If you think this treatment is for you, then book a consultation with a doctor with experience and results; they will go through your medical and skin history to ensure you have a safe and effective treatment. The doctor will also discuss and assess your desired goals and create a treatment plan for you to start.