Everything You Should Know About CO2 Laser ResurfacingPosted on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 by Douglas M. Stevens, MD
Laser skin resurfacing technology is rapidly evolving and offers more precise and transformative results than ever. The latest lasers use highly concentrated light energy to effectively treat common skin blemishes such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots and dark spots on the face, neck and chest with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. They also promote greater elasticity for more youthful looking skin.
In the hands of a talented provider like Dr. Douglas Stevens, CO2 laser resurfacing can turn back the hands of time and create a brighter, more youthful complexion.
How Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Work?
Carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are ablative lasers that remove the outer layers of skin cells to reveal newer, more youthful skin cells. The laser pulses generate heat in the deeper layers of the skin to promote collagen production. Over time, the new collagen helps produce smoother, tighter and more youthful looking skin.
What to Expect During Laser Resurfacing Treatment
CO2 laser resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Local anesthetic or sedation may be administered to prevent discomfort during treatment.
The skin is first cleansed to remove dirt, bacteria and oil. The eyes are covered with protective goggles. The laser is passed over the targeted area of skin, delivering pulses of highly concentrated light. Dr. Stevens uses extreme precision to treat old, damaged skin cells evenly without damaging the surrounding skin cells. After treatment, he applies special dressings to the treated areas to protect them as they heal.
Ablative laser resurfacing like CO2 resurfacing may require two to three weeks to allow the treated skin to heal. During that time, the skin may be red and peel and scab as the new skin heals. Activities like exercise or swimming should be avoided to prevent infection. Dr. Stevens provides post-operative instructions to help cleanse and protect the treated skin as it heals.
The skin’s appearance should continue to improve in the months following treatment as collagen develops.
Choosing a Provider
When performed by a qualified, skilled professional, laser skin resurfacing can make a positive difference in your appearance. But when performed by an inexperienced or poorly trained provider, laser skin resurfacing won’t deliver the desired results — in fact, it can even be risky or dangerous. If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing, it is imperative to check the qualifications of your provider.
Dr. Stevens and the team at our practice have undergone rigorous training and honed their skills with the advanced technology to deliver outstanding results. To find out more about laser resurfacing, please request a consultation at our Fort Myers practice today.