CO2 laser skin resurfacing machine makes it possible to remove a lifetime of sun damage and blemishes from your skin. Healthy skin and a more youthful appearance can be restored in a safe comfortable office procedure. The C02 laser was the first resurfacing laser.
How Laser Resurfacing Renews Your Skin
First, the resurfacing laser will remove all the epidermal damage caused by sun and aging. With extreme precision, the laser removes keratoses, premalignant lesions, age spots, and epidermal blemishes.
Second, the upper dermis is sculpted smooth by the laser. Deeper wrinkles are reduced or eliminated. Acne scars are reduced and re-contoured. New epidermis will grow from cells within the follicles that have never been exposed to the sun’s damage. This takes just four to five days. Thus, your skin is literally “renewed.”
Third, the laser stimulates the growth of healthy new collagen and elastin fibers within the skin. This will continue for six months after resurfacing. During this time the skin will continue to improve. Fifteen to twenty percent firming can be achieved. Loose eyelids and lax skin are tightened. Resilience and elasticity are restored. Any remaining wrinkles will continue to improve for over six months.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure
The Fractional CO2 Laser machine allows us to use a high-energy beam to vaporize scars, lines, wrinkles and other skin imperfections, layer by layer. The laser affords a level of precision, control, and accuracy that is not available by other methods. The laser can only be used up to the jaw line because of difficulties in healing if used on the skin of the neck. (There are other treatments available to address the neck). This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, under intravenous sedation (“twilight sleep”). Patients are discharged to a responsible party. You cannot drive yourself home after treatment.
Recovery from CO2 Laser Resurfacing
The exfoliation of skin requires new skin to grow from the deeper layers. During the first two weeks, a significant amount of redness and weeping of the skin can be expected. An ointment is applied during the first 7 to 10 days to keep the skin moist. Patients must refrain from wearing make-up during the first two weeks. The skin may continue to show signs of pink or redness for several weeks following surgery. Our esthetician will assist you in helping to prepare the skin for treatment as well as applying camouflage make-up during the second week. Swelling may also occur and should resolve within the first couple of weeks. The skin heals extremely well over time and sun exposure should be avoided during the first six weeks following treatment.