A CO2 laser uses continuous light beams, which are delivered in short pulses to remove your skin’s damaged layers. The method precisely targets the troubled area to reduce irregularities, and rejuvenate the healthy skin just below the surface, while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.
What is the CO2 laser?
A CO2 laser is a carbon dioxide laser with advanced technology that accurately targets and removes the thin outer layers of your damaged skin. At the same time, the device stimulates and promotes the regeneration of healthy skin underneath.
What can it do for facial rejuvenation?
The carbon dioxide laser can be used to treat wrinkles and fine lines that appear with age. The laser is beneficial when treating sun-damaged skin, uneven coloration, irregular textures, or skin that’s lost its elasticity. It’s a good option for anyone wanting to get dramatic improvements with a single treatment.
What can I expect during and after treatment?
CO2 laser resurfacing is an outpatient procedure so you can plan on going home the same day. Depending on the area you are treating, we may numb the target area with a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort. IV sedation can be administered if several areas of your skin are to be addressed during one treatment. Following your procedure, the treated area will be bandaged to keep it clean. You will be instructed to continue to clean the treated area several times a day. Your skin should heal within two to three weeks.
Why choose Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery?
When considering any treatment, it is essential to have accurate information. Dr. Sajan and his team at Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery in Seattle will take the time you need to discuss and understand your CO2 laser procedure. They will provide options and customize a treatment plan that is unique to your needs and goals. Dr. Sajan has developed his practice through years of extensive training, and patients seek his skill and expertise from countries all over the world. When you visit Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery, you can feel comfortable knowing you’ll receive the individualized care you deserve.
What are the benefits?
The CO2 laser offers several benefits beyond just rejuvenating your skin.
- Reduces scarring from acne
- Minimizes damage caused by too much sun exposure
- Stimulates collagen
- Shorter recovery time
- Customized to fit your specific skincare needs
Is the CO2 laser treatment painful?
The CO2 treatment can feel like pins and needles similar to when your foot falls asleep. Others have likened it to a band snapping against your skin. Everyone’s pain tolerance is different. Most say they feel the sensation of the treatment, but it is not overly painful.
How many laser treatments will I need?
More youthful skin can be achieved with just one treatment. Depending on your specific needs, including deeper wrinkles, or any scarring from acne breakouts, you may benefit from two to three additional treatments to achieve optimal results.
How long will my CO2 laser results last?
In the hands of a reputable provider, a CO2 treatment is long-lasting. Most of our patients enjoy their results for one to two years. Skincare is important post-treatment. Regular use of a UV sunscreen is recommended and will prolong your results.
Am I a good candidate for CO2 laser?
Most men and women can achieve great results with CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Anyone who has sun-damaged skin, irregularly pigmented skin, wrinkles, or loose skin, can benefit from a CO2 laser treatment. The treatment is very effective for treating visible acne scars. Although CO2 laser treatment is suitable for many skin types, if you have a darker skin tone, you might find you’ll achieve better results with one of our many other treatments.
Is there any downtime with CO2 laser treatment?
Healing time can vary depending on the patient and the area being treated. For the first two to seven days, your skin will scab and peel. It will continue to look pink for approximately three weeks. Most feel comfortable returning to their routines within a week or so after treatment.
How long does a single treatment take to complete?
Your CO2 laser treatment is customized to fit your individual goals, so there is no set time on how long a procedure can take. Most treatments take approximately two hours or less.