CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
The carbon dioxide, or CO2 laser corrects deep lines and severe sun damage which cannot be corrected with gentler techniques such as skin care or chemical peels. This laser resurfacing treats problems of the quality of your skin, not the quantity. It produces a precisely controlled injury of the upper layers of the skin which have been damaged by the sun and environment. New collagen is formed as a result, allowing healthy new skin to grow in place of the damaged areas.
Who can benefit from CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing can treat deep lines, dry, scaly skin, and freckles. People with fair skin may tend toward better results with the laser. Many patients will already have been treated with a comprehensive skin care regimen prior to laser resurfacing. This helps strengthen the deeper layers of your skin in preparation for the procedure.
How the Treatment Works
Laser skin resurfacing is typically performed in our outpatient surgery center, the Virginia Center for Plastic Surgery. You may choose to combine it with another cosmetic procedure, such as a face lift or eyelid lift. Immediately after your surgery, the postoperative care is somewhat time-consuming for about the first week, but it is essential to achieve your best result.
Possible Side Effects
Side effects include swelling and bruising, but more significant risks such as scarring or skin loss are very rare. If you suffer from cold sores, you will be treated with antiviral medicines before and after your surgery to help prevent an outbreak.
After Your Treatment
Most patients can usually return to regular activities within about two weeks, but camouflage makeup may be necessary for a few months to cover pinkness as the new healthy skin continues to heal.