The 411 on CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) Laser
Updated: Nov 1, 2022
As skincare technologies improve, the need for surgical procedures to create transformational results diminishes.
CO2 laser is building momentum as a procedure that can deliver significant change and benefits without going under the knife. The laser is a pulsed laser that delivers short bursts of energy to the skin. This energy creates tiny wounds in the skin, which triggers the body's natural healing process.
As the skin heals, new collagen is produced, resulting in a firmer, smoother, and more youthful-looking complexion. While some discomfort is associated with the treatment, most patients report excellent results.
CO₂ lasers can be used for various procedures.
Most common is skin resurfacing, which can improve the appearance of fine lines, crepiness, discoloration, acne scars, and other blemishes on the skin. The laser can be targeted to specific areas, such as upper and lower eyelids, perioral wrinkles and neck skin turgor.
There are several other applications and benefits for the CO2 laser.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Improves creepiness on face, neck, and various parts of the body.
Improves the appearance of acne scars and other blemishes.
Improves skin discoloration and tone.
CO2 is an ablative treatment, meaning that it damages the outer layer of skin in order to stimulate new collagen production.
Most clients report minimal discomfort during the treatment as we topically numb the area prior. Typically, Skin Type I-IV can be treated with a proper pre-treatment.
If you are considering a CO₂ laser treatment, you must consult a qualified medical practitioner to ensure that the procedure is right for you. Patients with active acne or rosacea may not be candidates for CO2 laser resurfacing. In addition, the process is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding people.
Downtime of Co2 laser is the subject of much debate.
Client downtime varies but typically ranges from a few days to 1-2 weeks depending on the intensity of setting. Patients may experience erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) for 7-12 days. Erythema and edema are signs that the skin is repairing itself. To minimize these side effects, it is essential to follow pre and post-treatment instructions provided by your practitioner. In most cases, patients can resume their normal activities within 5-7 days.
Our clinic uses the latest and most advanced technology to provide our clients with the best possible results. As for any treatment, a consultation is recommended.