CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a surgical process that removes layers of damaged skin, typically in the face, to reveal healthy layers of skin underneath. Laser skin treatments involve focused light energy beams that repair and rejuvenate damaged skin. Resurfacing treatments with lasers are safe and effective and much less invasive than chemical peels or dermabrasion.
What is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is a surgical procedure that remains the best option for resurfacing severely sun-damaged skin. CO2 is considered an ablative laser which allows for more severe results and takes fewer sessions to complete. Conversely, ablative laser treatments do require a longer recovery time since it removes the damaged layer of skin to reveal the healthy underneath. The healing process creates thick, smooth, youthful skin. This technology is often used in concert with other surgical procedures.
Dr. Flaharty Explains CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
What Concerns Can Laser Skin Resurfacing Resolve?
Laser resurfacing can be performed for any of the following reasons:
- Decrease or eliminate wrinkles or stretch marks
- Decrease the size of enlarged pores
- Diminish the appearance of scars
- Improve skin tone due to melasma or other causes
- Rejuvenate non-responsive skin after a facelift
- Remove age spots or spider veins
- Remove tattoos
- Remove warts or birthmarks
- Repair sun-damaged skin
Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure
The laser resurfacing procedure is performed with topical anesthesia and takes between 30 and 90 minutes. This varies based on the treatment area size and location. Many patients, typically with ablative procedures such as CO2 laser resurfacing, will notice and be satisfied with results after one procedure. Depending on the goals and skin condition of the patient additional sessions or touch-ups can be done.
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CO2 Laser Resurfacing Recovery
After CO2 laser resurfacing, the treatment area will temporarily be raw, swollen and itchy. Dr. Flaharty will apply a thick ointment and a watertight dressing over the area. If a patient has had treatment on their face we recommend elevating your head during the night. Additionally, ice and pain relievers can be used to alleviate symptoms.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity and clean the area regularly. Since the skin is raw and healing patients should avoid exposure to the sun whenever possible. Visible healing can take up to two weeks to appear.
Risks of CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Laser skin treatment is considered safe and typically does not have any long-term complications. While risks after treatment are rare they can include:
- Milia, tiny white bumps on the skin
- Pigmentation changes
Schedule a Consultation
Ready to learn more about how laser skin resurfacing at the Naples, Florida-area practice of Dr. Patrick Flaharty can help you look your best? Request a consultation using our convenient online form, or call the office directly at 239.415.7576.