What Is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing with a CO2 laser at 785 Aesthetic Med Spa is a nonsurgical aesthetic procedure that uses pulsating beams of energy to eliminate damaged surface skin layer by layer. The treatment addresses flaws in the skin, such as scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. CO2 laser skin resurfacing is an effective facial treatment for people desiring clearer, softer, youthful-looking skin. Based on the needs of the patient’s complexion, the laser may be customized for the best results. There is some recovery time associated with most CO2 laser skin resurfacing facials. Any questions or concerns can be reviewed with Dr. Patrick Lucaci during your consultation at our practice in Salina, KS.

Am I An Ideal Candidate For CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

CO2 laser skin resurfacing is ideal for patients unsatisfied with their skin’s appearance. If you see acne scars, blotchy skin, deeper wrinkles, and scars from surgery or trauma, this procedure may help address these cosmetic flaws. Also, it works wonders for those with severe textural changes, including pigment abnormalities from sun damage. Additionally, CO2 lasers utilize a longer wavelength than traditional lasers, making them more suitable for darker skin types. It is important to be aware of downtime associated with these laser therapies. Some patients, depending on the condition of their skin, may require as much as 2 – 3 weeks to recover.

The Benefits

There are a number of reasons to consider laser skin resurfacing at the 785 Aesthetic Med Spa. Some of the primary benefits include:

  • Laser technology can minimize the appearance of sun damage, age spots, and fine lines.
  • Laser therapy is an effective way to improve your skin texture and achieve a more even skin tone.
  • Laser therapy stimulates collagen production, producing a more youthful appearance.
  • When administered by an experienced provider, laser resurfacing is safe and virtually painless.
  • There is minimal downtime associated with laser skin resurfacing.
  • Laser skin resurfacing can be paired with other aesthetic procedures for optimal results.

Our CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Technique

If you are scheduled for a deeper or more intense laser resurfacing treatment, you may be given a retinoid product for 2 – 3 weeks before your laser treatment. This helps prepare the skin for maximum results. Medication will be prescribed prior to the procedure to help reduce any sensation for greater relaxation throughout your session. If your skin only needs mild improvement, topical anesthesia may be used to numb treated areas where the laser will target. For the full face or deeper laser treatments, some type of sedation may be used.

Throughout the procedure, you will relax in our treatment chair while the laser handpiece passes over your skin, precisely targeting the needed sections for improvement. The device utilizes short-pulsed light energy in order to create tiny “microdots” deep within the skin. During the healing process, the body pushes the old, damaged skin out of these microscopic channels and replaces it with newer, healthier skin.

What To Expect After CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

After milder resurfacing procedures, an ointment will be applied to the skin, and you can return home to recover. The skin will look red, and there will be some irritation and swelling. This should subside in a few days, and the skin peeling process will last over a 3 – 5-day timeframe. If you undergo a more intense laser procedure, your downtime will last longer. Dressings will most likely cover the treatment areas, and the swelling, burning, and irritation sensation will be stronger. Pain medication can be prescribed to help reduce these symptoms. The recovery period for a deeper laser procedure can last several weeks. Patients need to limit their UV exposure after their laser skin resurfacing session and use sun protection regularly. For all laser treatments, the treated skin will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It is vital to avoid picking at the skin during the recovery process to keep it from scarring and to protect the treated area from environmental exposure. After the peeling is finished, the treated skin will feel softer while looking clearer, rejuvenated, and younger.

A Softer, Clearer Complexion

CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments at 785 Aesthetic Med Spa offer excellent outcomes if you are looking to get a more youthful complexion. If you are thinking about a CO2 laser peel and would like to learn more about its benefits and other nonsurgical options at our Salina, KS office, we encourage you to contact our team today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lucaci.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.