CO2 Resurfacing FAQs


The CO2 laser skin resurfacing advantage

CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is one of the newest and most effective wrinkle solutions available today for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The treatment removes damaged skin layer by layer, revealing the more youthful looking skin underneath. CO2 laser resurfacing can also lessen the appearance of scars, uneven pigmentation, photodamage, precancerous spots and a host of other skin imperfections and benign lesions. At Navarre Wellness, we are trained and experienced in using the DeepFX and ActiveFX (( CO2 laser skin resurfacing systems developed by Lumenis. These CO2 skin resurfacing solutions use fractional lasers to treat various facial skin issues including fine lines, wrinkles, scarring and uneven skin tone. Unlike many other laser resurfacing systems, the Lumenis laser skin treatment was uniquely developed to enable customized treatments for specific skin issues and skin types, ensuring a level of precision and power that optimizes comfort and requires less healing time.

What is CO2 laser resurfacing?

Fractional or “pixilated” carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers treatment can be used on most types of skin and is even safe for the delicate skin around the eyes and mouth. With a CO2 laser, light beams are pulsed or scattered at a very high rate. This minimizes potential heat damage to the skin and allows a more powerful CO2 laser to be used for deeper tissue removal for removing deep wrinkles and creases.

Who is a good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing is an option for people of any age for the treatment of:

· Sun damage

· Aged skin

· Acne scars

· Birthmarks

· Lesions

· Tattoos

· Unwanted body hair

· Vitiligo

· Psoriasis

While laser resurfacing is a very effective rejuvenation tool, you may need more than one treatment to see your desired results.

What happens during CO2 laser treatment?

Your provider will give you full instructions in preparing for your appointment. Generally, patients are told to arrive 1 ½ hours before your treatment. The treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned and an anesthetic applied. (More intense treatments may require IV or general anesthetic.) After about an hour the area should be completely numb and ready for resurfacing. The treatment itself is described as “pins and needles” – occasionally uncomfortable, but not painful. Time will depend upon the area being treated. The entire office visit should last about 2 1/2 hours. Depending on your medication, you may need someone to drive you home from the appointment.

What should I expect after CO2 laser resurfacing?

Your post-treatment care and recovery will depend on many factors: the type of laser used, the size and depth of the area treated, your skin type and your desired results. You can expect the treated skin to initially look badly sunburned and puffy and be painful or uncomfortable. Follow the care instructions given to you by your provider. You will see some immediate results, but skin will likely remain pink for several weeks and you won’t see the full results for 3-6 months.

Does CO2 laser resurfacing cause scarring?

In most cases, no. If you scar easily or develop keloids, discuss this with your doctor before committing to treatment. Some areas of the body are also more susceptible to scarring.

Is sun exposure safe following CO2 laser resurfacing?

Your skin will remain extremely vulnerable to sun damage for several months after treatment. Plan to use a good sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher every day and wear a large-brimmed hat any time you are outdoors for up to a year. Exposing recently resurfaced skin to direct sun will be extremely damaging and undo the effects of laser resurfacing.

How long do results last?

Avoiding skin damaging behaviors like smoking, sun exposure and drastic weight fluctuations will help your results last longer. Using a high-SPF sunscreen daily will help you maintain the effects of your CO2 laser resurfacing for several years.

What are the risks of CO2 laser resurfacing?

Risks include skin discoloration, allergic reaction to anesthesia, laser burns and scarring. As with any procedure, infection is always a risk. Talk to you provider about the risks of the procedure and your personal risk factors.

Navarre Wellness has trained and experienced providers on staff to offer you the safest and most effect CO2 laser resurfacing treatments available. Contact us today to set up your free consultation and find out if CO2 laser resurfacing is right for you!