CO2 Laser Resurfacing
What is CO2 laser skin resurfacing?
CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the first laser skin resurfacing services and utilizes one of the most powerful lasers. These ablative laser treatments work to remove scarring, wrinkles and other, deeper skin flaws.
What is the Cynosure Affirm CO2 Laser?
The Cynosure Affirm CO2 laser is a device designed to address deep wrinkles, photoaging, severe scar damage and other hard to treat skin conditions. The technology integrates a carbon dioxide laser, with Micro Ablative scanning technology to target the epidermal and dermal layer with the objective of treating dyschromia, deep wrinkles and significant photoaging.
Although ablative, it does not burn the entire skin surface and instead, works in micro-channels, leaving micro areas of untreated skin between them which allows for less peeling, less downtime, and speeds up healing.
What are Ablative Laser Treatments?
An Ablative Laser Treatment is a wounding laser that removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heats the underlying skin (dermis), which stimulates the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and
CO2 Laser FAQ
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
The procedure feels like warm pinpricks on the skin and your face will feel very warm. The procedure is typically well-tolerated.
HOW LONG DOES A TREATMENT TAKE?
Patients should expect to be in the office for about 1 hour for the treatment. While the actual treatment itself only lasts for about 20 minutes, between checking in, going over treatment consents, and icing your skin post-treatment, patients will be in the office for about 1 hour.
CAN LASER SKIN RESURFACING BE COMBINED WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?
Laser skin resurfacing can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to help reach your skin rejuvenation goals. Treatment with topical retinoids is recommended to maintain the results from your laser skin resurfacing treatment. Also, Botox and dermal filler treatments can be incorporated to address wrinkles and volume loss to the face.
WHAT IS THE BEST LASER FOR SKIN RESURFACING?
Your provider will determine the most appropriate laser for your skin resurfacing needs. Depending on your skin type and the areas to be treated, like the face or the neck, we will choose the laser best suited to your skin.
HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT BETWEEN LASER TREATMENTS?
For laser treatments such as fractional resurfacing, we generally advise waiting a month in between treatments. For every different laser procedure, there are different recommended times between treatment. Ultimately, this will be determined in consultation with your provider.