Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that utilizes lasers to treat various skin conditions related to photoaging, such as wrinkles, spots, and odd textures. The lasers produce heat, which induces a controlled injury in the skin, allowing new skin cells to heal over, creating a more vibrant, youthful look.
At Skin Care by Alyce, we utilize fractional CO2 laser technology. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of laser skin resurfacing. Studies and market trends have indicated that the CO2 laser has become the gold standard treatment in dermatologic surgery for the treatment of a large number of skin and mucosal issues.
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- 1 About CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
- 2 Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
- 3 Candidates
- 4 Personal Consultation
- 5 Preparation
- 6 Procedure
- 7 Recovery
- 8 Results
- 9 Complementary Procedures
- 10 FAQ
- 11 References
About CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
What Is a Fractional Co2 Laser?
Fractional CO2 lasers are what’s known as ablative lasers (lasers meant to remove the outer layer of the skin, heat the underlying layer, and stimulate the production of collagen) and are used to treat skin conditions like scars, warts, fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, and other deep skin conditions. Fractional lasers divide the laser’s energy into thousands of beams to treat a small fraction of the skin, hence the name. Being able to target specific portions helps to reduce downtime.
What Can a Fractional CO2 Laser Treat?
- Fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Age spots
- Sun damage
- Sagging skin
- Acne scars
- Large pores
- Superficial and deep hyperpigmentation
What Parts of the Body Can a CO2 Laser Treat?
Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing
- Reduces sun damage, acne scars, and fine lines
- Enhances skin texture and evens skin tone
- Promotes collagen stimulation for firmer, more youthful skin
- Can help treat pre-cancerous skin lesions
- Little to no downtime
The ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing is somebody with fine lines or wrinkles around the eyes or mouth or on the forehead, has shallow scars from acne, or non-responsive skin after a facelift.
If you have acne or if you have very dark skin, you might not be a suitable candidate. CO2 lasers are also not recommended for stretch marks. You should discuss whether laser resurfacing is right for you by consulting with your doctor before getting the procedure done.
You and Alyce will discuss your concerns and expectations to make sure you get the best results and that your treatments align with your goals and budget. Your consultation is the perfect opportunity to ask questions, so don’t hesitate to speak up. Also, be sure to inform Alyce about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter.
Please refer to our new patient guide for more information regarding consultations.
Before getting a fractional CO2 laser procedure done, it is recommended to follow these pre-treatment rules.
- Don’t use retinoid products as it can affect the end results.
- Avoid any excess sun exposure for two weeks before laser treatment.
- Avoid taking medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, and vitamin E, which can lead to prolonged clotting.
The procedure usually starts by applying a local anesthetic cream to the problem area 30 to 45 minutes prior. The process itself takes only fifteen to twenty minutes.
The laser device uses short-pulsed light energy that is continuously activated in a scanning pattern in order to remove the thin, outer layers of damaged skin.
Once the dead skin cells are eliminated, the process jump-starts the production of multiple microthermal zones that reaches deep into the skin. It is through this that it can stimulate the body’s natural healing process and boost the production of collagen. This process replaces the old, damaged cells with newer, healthier skin.
Healthy tissues underneath the skin will be found between the microthermal zones where heat was applied. These healthy tissues are able to provide the healing cells and proteins to the skin.
As a result, patients have shorter recovery periods lasting up to five to seven days.
After a typical session, you can expect redness and swelling immediately after the procedure. It can last between one day to a week, depending on the degree of light exposure. The treatment area will feel as though it’s been sunburnt. Applying a cooling aloe lotion may ease some discomfort.
After your procedure, apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun. Be sure also to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer twice a day and avoid harsh products.
The results of your CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment will depend on the issues you want to handle. For example, if you wanted to get rid of hyperpigmentation, you would see results instantly in one session. But if you are trying to eliminate fine lines and acne scars, it may take a while for the results to show up.
A 2014 study concluded that fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing patients had good results in terms of improvement of skin texture, with mild and transitory side effects. This same study also concluded that treatments produced improvement in wrinkles and acne scars, with a progressive enhancement of skin tone and elasticity.
A mixture of skin resurfacing and tightening, wrinkle reduction, and volume restoration will deliver optimal outcomes for most people.
A facial exfoliates the face’s skin and thoroughly cleanses it for a radiant, healthy, youthful appearance.
Acne treatments at Skin Care by Alyce are customized to treat your unique skin. By identifying your acne triggers, you’ll be able to maintain your skin better and avoid future breakouts.
A chemical peel is a technique for improving and smoothing the texture of the face by removing the outermost layers of the skin. A peel solution induces a controlled injury to the skin, making way for the new underlying layer of skin to emerge. Chemical peels are great for people who have darker skin and may not be able to enjoy the benefits of IPL.
Botox is the legendary neuromodulator that relaxes facial muscles, flattens lines, and creates a more youthful appearance. Great for both men and women.
Dermal fillers are injectable gels that essentially fill in deep facial lines and wrinkles and provide added volume to the face where it lacked before.
Radio Frequency Microneedling
RF microneedling is a safe, minimally-invasive procedure where tiny needles penetrate the skin, triggering enhanced collagen and elastin generation while radiofrequency heats the deeper layer, which contracts the skin, providing a tighter and more youthful appearance.
Dermaplaning is a non-invasive procedure that removes the outermost layers of skin and the thin, light, short hairs on the face using a sterile, exfoliating blade. It makes your skin smoother and can give it a more even tone over time. It can be performed on individuals of all skin types with no adverse effects. The end result is skin that is brighter and smoother! Your skin will also be able to absorb topical treatments after dermaplaning more readily.
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What is laser skin resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that uses lasers to treat various skin conditions related to photoaging, such as wrinkles, spots, and odd textures.
What is a fractional CO2 laser?
Fractional CO2 lasers are ablative lasers used to treat skin conditions like scars, warts, fine lines, and wrinkles. Fractional lasers divide the laser’s energy into thousands of beams to treat a small fraction of the skin, which is where it gets the name.
What parts of the body can fractional CO2 lasers treat?
Fractional CO2 lasers can treat the face, neck, hands, and chest.
Does laser skin resurfacing hurt?
Typically, the skin will be numbed before treatment. There is no pain during the procedure. This can be done with a cream or anesthetic injections. The level of the peel will also determine the level of pain felt after the procedure. It can feel like a sunburn, but your specialist should be able to tell you how to treat any pain that may occur.
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- Giovanni Cannarozzo, Mario Sannino, Federica Tamburi, Andrea Chiricozzi, Rosita Saraceno, Cristiano Morini, and Steven Nisticò.Photomedicine and Laser Surgery. Jul 2014. 409-412. http://doi.org/10.1089/pho.2014.3733
- Farber SE, Epps MT, Brown E, Krochonis J, McConville R, Codner MA. A review of nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. Plast Aesthet Res 2020;7:72. http://dx.doi.org/10.20517/2347-9264.2020.152