If you’re dealing with skin concerns like wrinkles, acne scars, and sun damage, you may be looking at different cosmetic treatments. A popular cosmetic laser treatment, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Skin Resurfacing might be just what you’re looking for to kickstart your new year with a radiant, youthful glow.
While our skin naturally rejuvenates, our body’s exfoliation process is not enough to handle the effects of aging, sun exposure, and free radicals in our environment. Sometimes, the skin needs a little extra help to treat different skin concerns.
Professional laser skin resurfacing treatments are highly effective, proving to be one of the best cosmetic treatments for wrinkles. The carbon dioxide laser system works by vaporizing skin in a layer-by-layer fashion, continually revealing fresher, more youthful skin.
Fraxel Re:pair and Lumenis Ultrapulse are two of the newer, safer cosmetic laser treatments. These FDA-cleared procedures use fractionated delivery systems to treat skin conditions more precisely and without the long recovery times that come with older laser resurfacing treatments.
CO2 laser treatment can target a variety of different skin concerns, including wrinkles and fine lines on the face. Concerning skin spots from sun exposure or aging can also be effectively treated with this laser procedure.
Acne scars are among the most common skin concerns and can be smoothed and reduced with regular laser resurfacing treatments like Fraxel Re:pair and Lumenis Ultrapulse. Skin resurfacing is a form of deep exfoliation, so as the topmost layers of skin are removed, the fresh, non-scarred skin below is revealed.
Finally, CO2 laser treatment is a great option for those concerned about blotchiness or general uneven skin tone. These treatments are highly effective at evening out skin tone for a smoother, clearer appearance.
The CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and does involve using intravenous anesthesia. Your doctor can talk to you about the specifics of your procedure during a consultation. Typically, you can see changes from one treatment, but you may need two to four sessions to see the most dramatic results.
Because fractionated CO2 laser skin resurfacing still requires a little bit of recovery time, it can be helpful to get the treatment in conjunction with other procedures like face lifts, eye lifts, or neck lifts. This allows you to recover from multiple treatments within the same window of time.
CO2 laser treatment is typically accompanied by some swelling, redness, crusting, or flaking of the skin. Symptoms last for about a week, but could last 2 weeks or longer in some cases.
If you’re sick of your skin showing its age, consider a cosmetic laser treatment like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser Skin Resurfacing to start your new year. If you're in the greater Washington D.C. area, contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment. We can discuss your options and see if CO2 laser treatment is a good fit for you!