FAQ for Laser CO2 Resurfacing
Q: What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
A: CO2 Laser Resurfacing is an ablative Laser treatment where the damaged top layer of your skin is removed to allow for newer, healthier skin to take its place. At AH Laser Aesthetics we recommend this treatment for various underlying causes including undoing sun damage, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles even acne scarring.
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: Am I a good candidate for CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
A: The best candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing are patients with a light skin tone, skin types 1 through 3. Skin type can be determined by a doctor or aesthetician.
Q: What areas are treated with CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
A: The most common treatment areas for CO2 Laser Resurfacing at AH Laser Aesthetics are the face, the non invasive eye lift performed on the eyelids and around the eyes, the neck(decolletage) and the hands. CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be performed on other treatment areas depending on the patients and their needs. We can discuss your aesthetic goals and needs extensively during our initial consultation.
Q: How many CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatments will I need?
A: The number of CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatments you will need is based on your individual skin and your aesthetic goals. Some may require as little as 1 treatment to achieve their desired results, for others it may take several like 3 to 6 treatments to achieve their goals. An aesthetician from AH Laser Aesthetics will work with you in mapping your needs and goals during your initial consultation.
Q: How long do CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments usually 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 will I experience during my CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
A: Your CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment at AH Laser Aesthetics can take anywhere from half hour to over an hour depending on the area being treated. Before the treatment a topical anesthetic will be applied to make the procedure virtually painless, and extra time needs to be budgeted for that. Minimal discomfort may be felt during the treatment after application of anesthetic.
Q: What should I do to prepare for my CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
A: It is very important to avoid sun exposure prior to your CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment at AH Laser Aesthetics. This includes the use of tanning beds and application of self-tanners.
Patients should use a lightening cream, such as hydroquinone, 1-2 weeks prior to CO2 laser treatment.
Patients are advised to start an antibiotic 1 day prior to CO2 laser treatment.
Q: Will there be any downtime after the CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment?
A: The amount of downtime you will experience after a CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment is dependant on a number of different factors. There will be some downtime at the very least and can be discussed at length in your pre-treatment consult.
Q: How soon will I see results after my Laser CO2 treatment and how long will my results last?
A: Immediately following your Laser CO2 Resurfacing treatment, your body will naturally start working by replacing aged tissue cells with new ones. Shortly after your procedure you will notice your skin to be visibly smoother, healthier, and younger looking. Laser CO2 Resurfacing results will continue to improve over the next 6 months.
Q: What post-treatment care is needed following my Laser CO2 procedure?
A: There is a list of post-procedure care instructions that will be reviewed at the time of your consultation. Patients will also receive a copy of take home instructions. These instructions include proper times to ice, apply ointment, a list of medication to take, and if and when you should contact a doctor.
Q: Who should avoid Laser CO2 Laser resurfacing treatments?
A: Patients with the following contraindications should not take part in Laser CO2 Resurfacing:
Patients with hypersensitivity to light and in invisible, infrared wavelength region.
Patients taking photosensitive or anticoagulant medication
Patients who have used Accutane within the past six months
Patients with seizure disorders triggered by light
Patients that are pregnant
Patients with the history of skin cancer or exhibit suspicious lesions
Patients that have received gold therapy
Patients who have a history of immune disorders or healing problems
Q: What are the possible side effects from Laser CO2 resurfacing treatments?
A: Patients may experience redness, swelling, heat sensation similar to a sunburn, itching, and dryness at the treatment area.