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CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

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We will apply to your skin a topical anesthetic to numb the treatment area and minimize discomfort.

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Recovery time ranges between a couple days to couple weeks.  It depends on the depth and intensity of the treatment. It can be tailored based on your expectations and available downtime.

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Initial improvements such as enhanced skin texture and tone may be noticeable within a week or two as the outer layers of the skin peel away. The full benefits, including the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars, often become more apparent over several weeks to months.

CO2 laser treatment, or carbon dioxide laser treatment, is considered as one of the most effective laser treatments for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation due to its ability to precisely target and treat specific skin concerns like fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and tone, laxity, scars, and more. 

There are various types of CO2 laser skin treatment, beginning from light peel with a minimum downtime, to a fully ablative resurfacing. The treatment is optimized based on skin concerns and desired downtime. The number of sessions that you may need depends on the specific goals and condition of your skin.


The steps involved in getting CO2 laser treatment typically include:

Consultation: Schedule a consultation with our skincare professional to discuss your specific skin concerns and assess whether CO2 laser treatment is suitable for you. During this consultation, the practitioner will explain the procedure, discuss potential risks and benefits, and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Medical History Review: We will ask you to provide your medical history, including information about any existing health conditions, medications you are taking, allergies, and past cosmetic procedures. This is important in evaluating your candidacy for CO2 laser treatment and tailoring the procedure to your individual needs. Always choose a qualified and experienced professional for CO2 laser treatment who makes sure the procedure is safe for you and  your skin.

Preparation Instructions: Follow any pre-treatment instructions provided by the practitioner. This may include avoiding sun exposure, discontinuing certain skincare products, and, if necessary, adjusting medications to minimize potential complications during and after the procedure.

Expectations Discussion: Our skincare expert will discuss with you the anticipated outcomes of the CO2 laser treatment, as well as potential side effects and downtime. Clear communication about what the procedure can and cannot achieve is essential for a positive experience.

Topical Anesthetic Application: About one hour before the CO2 laser treatment, a topical anesthetic will be applied to numb the treatment area and minimize discomfort during the procedure. The practitioner will ensure you are comfortable and adequately prepared for the laser application.

CO2 Laser Treatment: The actual CO2 laser treatment involves the application of laser energy to the targeted areas of the skin. The laser creates controlled micro-channels to stimulate collagen production and trigger skin resurfacing. The duration of the treatment varies. It depends on the size and complexity of the area being treated.

Post-Treatment Care: Our practitioner will guide you through post-treatment care instructions, typically involving the use of recommended skincare products, avoidance of sun exposure, and adherence to specific recovery guidelines. You should anticipate experiencing some redness, swelling, and possible peeling during the initial recovery period.

Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments to monitor your progress, address any concerns, and ensure proper healing. The follow up appointments are invaluable to assess the results of the CO2 laser treatment.


CO2 laser treatment is a potent procedure that can provide significant skin improvement for the right candidates. Here are some common benefits of CO2 laser treatment:

Reduced Wrinkles and Fine Lines: CO2 laser resurfacing can effectively reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. It does so by removing the top layers of damaged skin and stimulating collagen production, leading to smoother and more youthful-looking skin.

Improved Acne Scars: CO2 laser treatment can improve the texture and appearance of acne scars by promoting collagen remodeling and encouraging the growth of healthier skin. It’s often used for both atrophic (indented) and hypertrophic (raised) acne scars.

Reversed Sun Damage: The procedure can help reverse the effects of sun damage, including sunspots, age spots, and uneven pigmentation, by targeting and eliminating damaged skin cells.

Improved Uneven Skin Tone and Texture: CO2 laser resurfacing can provide an overall improvement in skin tone and texture, reducing roughness, unevenness, and the appearance of pores.

Increased Collagen Production & Tighter Skin: For mild to moderate skin laxity, CO2 laser treatments can stimulate collagen production, resulting in firmer and tighter skin. However, more severe sagging may require other treatments like surgical procedures.

Skin Resurfacing: CO2 laser resurfacing is sometimes used for overall skin rejuvenation, particularly in cases where multiple skin issues need to be addressed simultaneously.

May Be Used for Actinic Keratosis Removal: Precancerous lesions known as actinic keratosis can be treated with CO2 laser therapy to remove these potentially harmful growths.


In case of CO2 laser treatment, it’s more important than ever to consult with experienced skincare professional for a personalized assessment of your skin to determine the suitability of CO2 laser treatment. Not everyone is a candidate for CO2 treatment.  A good candidate for CO2 laser treatment typically:

Has Signs of Aging: Individuals with fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity may benefit from CO2 laser treatment to rejuvenate and tighten the skin.

Has Sun Damage: Those with sunspots, age spots, and uneven skin tone caused by sun exposure may find improvement through CO2 laser treatment.

Suffers from Acne Scars: Individuals with atrophic or pitted acne scars can benefit from CO2 laser treatment to minimize the appearance of scars and promote smoother skin.

Wants to Improve Skin Texture: Those seeking to improve overall skin texture, including rough or uneven surfaces, may find CO2 laser treatment beneficial.

Has Stretch Marks: While not a complete solution, individuals with stretch marks may see some improvement in their appearance through CO2 laser treatment.

Desires Skin Tightening: Individuals with mild to moderate skin laxity who want to enhance skin elasticity and firmness may be good candidates for CO2 laser treatment.

Wants to Reduce Large Pores: Individuals with enlarged pores looking to minimize their appearance may consider CO2 laser treatment for its skin-refining effects.

Understands the Recovery Process: Good candidates are willing to follow pre- and post-treatment care instructions, understanding the potential downtime associated with various strengths of CO2 laser treatment.

Has Realistic Expectations: Individuals with realistic expectations about the outcomes of CO2 laser treatment and an understanding that multiple sessions may be needed for optimal results.

Is in Good Overall Health: Generally, individuals in good overall health with no contraindications for the procedure are suitable candidates for CO2 laser treatment.


Recovery after CO2 laser skin treatment varies depending on the depth and intensity of the procedure. Generally, here’s what to expect during the recovery period:

Immediate Post-Treatment Period: Immediately after the CO2 laser treatment, the treated area is likely to appear red and swollen. Some patients may experience a mild burning or stinging sensation, akin to a sunburn.

Downtime: The downtime associated with CO2 laser treatment can range from several days to a couple of weeks, depending on the aggressiveness of the procedure. More intense treatments result in a longer recovery period. The expectations and recovery time is always discussed during the pre-treatment consultation.

Peeling and Flaking: Over the following days, the treated skin will start to peel and flake as part of the natural healing process. This is a common occurrence as the old, damaged skin is replaced by new, healthier skin.

Swelling: Swelling is typical, especially around the eyes and mouth if these areas were treated. Cold compresses and prescribed medications can help alleviate swelling.

Sun Protection: Strict sun protection is crucial during the recovery period. The treated skin is more susceptible to damage from UV radiation, and sun exposure can hinder the healing process. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to shield your skin from harmful UV rays. This is crucial to prevent pigmentation issues and support the healing process.

Skincare Regimen: You should avoid harsh skincare product. Follow the post-treatment skincare regimen provided by our practitioner. This may include the application of prescribed ointments to help with the healing process and using only gentle skincare recovery products for a couple days after your laser treatment. Our plastic surgery office does offer post-treatment recovery skincare.

Avoiding Certain Activities: Refrain from strenuous activities, hot showers, and exposure to sauna or steam rooms during the initial recovery period. These activities can exacerbate swelling and irritation.

Stay Hydrated and Maintain a Healthy Diet: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and consider incorporating a balanced diet rich in vitamins and antioxidants to support overall skin health.

Follow-Up Appointments: Attend any scheduled follow-up appointments with your skincare professional. They will assess your progress, address any concerns, and provide further guidance on skincare routines.

Long-Term Results: While immediate improvements may be visible, the full benefits of CO2 laser treatment often become more apparent as the skin continues to regenerate and collagen production increases over the following weeks and months.

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