FAQ'S of CO2 Fractional Laser Resurfacing
What is a CO2 laser treatment?
The CO2 Fractional resurfacing laser is carbon dioxide laser which precisely removes deep outer layers of damaged skin and stimulates the regeneration of healthy skin underneath. The CO2 treats fine to moderately deep wrinkles, photo damage, scarring, skin tone, texture, crepiness and laxity.
How long does a CO2 laser treatment take?
The exact time depends on the area that is being treated; However, typically it takes two hours or less to complete. This timeframe includes an additional 30 minutes for topical numbing to be applied prior to treatment.
Does a co2 laser treatment hurt?
The CO2 is the most invasive laser treatment that we have. The co2 does cause some discomfort, but we ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout the whole procedure. The sensation that is often felt is similar to a “pins and needles” sensation.
When will I begin to see results after a CO2 laser treatment?
After your skin heals, which may take up to 3 weeks, patients will experience a period of their skin appearing slightly pink. During this time, you will see improvements of skin texture and tone. Full results can be seen 3-6 months after the initial treatment, once the skin has completely healed.
How long do results from an CO2 laser last?
Improvements from an CO2 laser treatment can be seen for many years after treatment. Results can be prolonged with diligent use of SPF+, avoided sun exposure and with the correct at home skincare maintenance.
What areas can I treat with the CO2 laser?
The CO2 can be treated on specialized areas, such as the eyes and around the mouth; However, the most popular areas to treat with the IPL laser are the full face and neck.
Is there any downtime associated with an CO2 laser treatment?
Yes, there is downtime associated with a CO2 laser treatment. Plan for 7-10 days for healing before you can go out in public. Your skin will scab and peel 2-7 days after treatment, and will be pink for 3-4 weeks. The exact healing time varies between person to person.
How many CO2 treatments will I need?
Most patients only need one CO2 treatment to see results; However, some patients with deeper wrinkles or scarring may need multiple treatments to see results.
Are there any side effects or possible risks to A co2 laser treatment?
Like any medical procedure, there are risks associated with a co2 laser treatment. During your consultation your provider will make an assessment to ensure that you are the right candidate for the co2 laser treatment. If you experience any worrisome side effects after and IPL treatment, please call the practice immediately.
Who is NOT a candidate for a Co2 laser treatment?
An CO2 laser treatment may not be safe for those with certain health problems. An CO2 laser treatment is not recommended for patients who are currently taking Accutane. Those with a history of difficulty healing or scarring are not candidates, as well as those with bleeding disorders. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not a candidate for the CO2 laser.