Laser Skin Care
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
In Virginia Beach & Norfolk Virginia
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a Carbon Dioxide laser that has been used for more than 30 years in the Aesthetic Industry for treatment of skin conditions such as fine and coarse wrinkles, acne scars, uneven pigment and dilated pores.
The CO2RE aesthetic laser treatment is a specialized “fractional” laser that allows the laser beams to treat the skin in a geographic pattern, making it a less painful procedure. This laser is a 21st century cosmetic laser used to resurface the skin. Improvement of fine wrinkling, sun damage and large pores is seen almost immediately after this procedure. After several months the skin is tighter with improvement of the more moderate wrinkles as well as acne scarring. The usual social down time for this procedure is only 5-7 days.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
FAQ on CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Yes. You should speak with your practitioner about your complete medical and skin history to minimize the potential for any negative reactions.
You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied prior to the procedure typically makes any discomfort tolerable. For more aggressive, higher power treatments, your practitioner may recommend a subcutaneous anesthetic, oral pain relievers and/or sedatives during the treatment session. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.
Ideal candidates for CO2RE are in their 30’s or older with skin damaged by exposure to the sun, age spots, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, rough texture, acne scars, and other skin imperfections. It is ideal for anyone seeking younger looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional resurfacing procedures.
The durability of CO2RE results approaches that of surgical procedures. However, there are a number of variables that will determine how long you can expect the results to last including: your health, age and how you care for your skin after treatment.
Immediately following the procedure you can expect a sensation similar to a sunburn, lasting several hours. You can expect peeling of dead skin from the treatment area. This is a natural exfoliation process that may last 7-10 days.
Your practitioner may recommend a short course of antibiotics to minimize any risk of infection. Use of a moisturizer and sun screen is highly recommended during the healing process and for the weeks and months following treatment.
Generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment your skin will gradually look softer, smoother and tighter. The fine lines wrinkles, age spots and uneven textures will start to show immediate improvement.