CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fine and deep wrinkles
What is the CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
The CO2 laser is a carbon dioxide laser that is used for skin resurfacing. Thin layers of skin are vaporized using a high-energy beam of laser light. This creates a “controlled injury” to the skin: as the skin heals, it produces collagen as a natural part of the healing process, which restores your skin’s elasticity.
CO2 laser resurfacing is designed to minimize wrinkles, reduce facial scarring, even out skin tone, and increase dermal collagen.
How does it work?
In the 1990s, fully ablative CO2 laser resurfacing was the only technology available, and because this laser removed the entire skin’s surface at once, healing was prolonged and there was a higher chance of scarring or permanent pigmentary changes after treatment. More recently, fully ablative devices have been replaced with fractionated devices that offer both a faster recovery and fewer side effects. The fractionated CO2 laser works by focusing microscopic beams of light into the skin in a grid pattern. Because the laser targets water, a major component of the skin, it immediately vaporizes tissue when fired. Vaporized tissue removes brown spots and sun damage, and the resulting micro-wounds created by the laser stimulate a wound healing process that leads to collagen synthesis. Ultimately, this smoothens lines and tightens skin. Because there are small areas of “normal” skin between the micro wounds, healing is accelerated. Typically, pink new skin is visible 5-10 days after the procedure.