Laser Skin Rejuvenation, How to Remove Pigment with CO2 Laser
The CO2 laser is a concentrated beam of light that creates a precision burn on the outer layers of the skin for a very complete skin rejuvenation effect. Each pass of the laser removes a thin layer skin, a fraction of a mm thick. Every patient is different and there is no single formula for the number of passes necessary to reverse the look of sun damage, acne scars or wrinkles. Patients with light sun damage in the form of sun spots or wrinkles will see a great improvement with just one pass, whereas patients with advanced sun damage, wrinkles or deep acne scars will need multiple passes.
What we aim to do here is explain exactly how we remove pigment with CO2 laser and what the entire procedure will look and feel like.
Q: WHAT IS CO2 LASER RESURFACING?
A: It is a laser treatment that addresses uneven pigmentation caused by sun damage, as well as wrinkles, pores and acne scars. CO2 Laser Resurfacing also targets loose skin while brightening under eye circles.
Q: HOW DOES CO2 LASER RESURFACING WORK?
A: CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing uses energy to vaporize aged or damaged skin while also stimulating new collagen growth to the surrounding tissue.
Q: WHO ARE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR LASER CO2 RESURFACING?
A: Patients with a light skin tone, as determined by a doctor or aesthetician, will see the best results.
Q: WHAT AREA CAN BE TREATED WITH THE CO2 LASER?
A: The most common areas to treat with the CO2 Laser are the face, neck and hands, however other areas may be treated with a doctor’s approval.
Q: HOW MANY LASER CO2 RESURFACING TREATMENTS WILL IT TAKE TO ADDRESS MY CONCERNS?
A: The amount of treatments is decided on an individual patient basis; typically between 1-6 treatments. The number of treatments will be determined during a pretreatment consultation.
Q: HOW LONG DO CO2 LASER RESURFACING TREATMENTS TAKE?
A: The entire face can be treated by the CO2 Laser in as little as 30 minutes. The total treatment time can vary depending on topical application and the number of laser passes needed for treatment.
Q: WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO FEEL DURING A CO2 LASER RESURFACING TREATMENT?
A: Topical anesthetic is applied to the area to make the procedure virtually painless. Any other discomfort is minimal and very tolerable.
Q: SHOULD I EXPECT ANY DOWNTIME AFTER MY LASER CO2 RESURFACING TREATMENT?
A: Downtime should be expected but it will only be better gaged during the initial consultation.
Q: HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS AFTER MY LASER CO2 TREATMENT AND HOW LONG WILL MY RESULTS LAST?
A: Shortly after your procedure you will notice your skin to be visibly smoother, healthier, and younger looking. This is because old skin cells will be replaced with newer ones. The process can take up to 6 months.