Cosmetic Dermatology Procedures - CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 laser resurfacing is a type of laser peel used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, and other skin imperfections. This treatment involves the application of short, intense pulses of concentrated light to the skin in order to vaporize flaws on the upper layers. Because CO2 laser resurfacing stimulates collagen production, the results of treatment continue to appear for weeks or months afterwards.

Advantages of CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Numerous skin imperfections can be reduced or eliminated with CO2 laser resurfacing, including skin blotches, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, skin tumors, and keloid scars. Skin on the face, neck, hands, and chest are common targets of this treatment. Our Los Angeles CO2 laser resurfacing expert can adjust the strength of the CO2 laser to allow for precise delivery of the light pulses toward the issue being treated.

How CO2 Laser Resurfacing Is Performed

Before treatment begins, our expert in CO2 laser resurfacing in Los Angeles cleanses the target area and applies a topical anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure. When intensive treatment is desired, general anesthesia may be recommended. Our dermatologist then applies the CO2 laser to the skin for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on the focus of treatment. While many patients may require only one session for results, some patients may benefit from having up to three treatments and touch-ups later.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Candidates

Patients who have the skin conditions listed above may benefit from CO2 laser resurfacing. However, this treatment is not ideal for everyone. For example, patients who have darker skin tones or deep tans should not receive CO2 laser resurfacing. Individuals who have active acne or are undergoing Accutane treatment should also avoid this treatment. Finally, our Los Angeles CO2 laser resurfacing expert may recommend another treatment option for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Recovery from CO2 laser resurfacing can take up to two weeks, and redness may remain for one to two months after treatment sessions. The results of CO2 laser resurfacing can last for five to seven years and can be maintained with regular use of skin care products, such as sunblock and lotion. To learn more about this treatment and what it can address, patients can schedule a consultation with our expert in CO2 laser resurfacing in Los Angeles.