Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing, which involves using laser energy to vaporize portions of the outermost sun damaged layers of the skin, is a highly effective cosmetic procedure that results in a smoother, more youthful appearance. It also stimulates collagen production within the dermis of the skin, which tightens the skin and restores elasticity.
What can I expect the day of my appointment and the days to follow?
Performed using local anesthesia with light sedation, fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing takes roughly 20-30 minutes of procedure time. Most patients can return to normal activities in 3-5 days, and makeup can be used after the first week.
Who is an ideal candidate for laser skin resurfacing?
A good candidate is someone with lighter skin tones, as those with darker skin tones, certain skin types, and medical conditions may experience a greater risk of unfavorable skin discoloration.
What can laser skin resurfacing improve?
- Fine lines or wrinkles
- Scars from acne or chickenpox
- Aged or sun-damaged skin
- Brown spots
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
How long do the effects of a fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment last?
The longevity of the results can vary from one patient to another, depending on multiple factors, including age, genetics, skin elasticity, and degree of sun damage. However, you can improve the longevity of results by protecting your skin from the sun and following a good skin care regimen. Consistent use of sunscreen and brimmed hats can help you maintain the results of your CO2 laser treatment for years.
How soon will I see results?
The CO2 laser can be customized to the individual needs of each patient. Treatments can be deeper for patients with more advanced aging of the skin and sun damage, resulting in more healing and longer downtime. More conservative treatments can be used in patients with less advanced aging of the skin and sun damage, resulting in less healing time and downtime. Although you can see improvement in the texture and tone of the skin within the first week, it will take approximately 3 months for the final results to be apparent.
What can I expect?
Since laser resurfacing first wounds the skin and destroys the top layers, you expect that your skin may take 3-7 days to heal and then stay slightly pink for 1-3 weeks. In the 2-3 days following the procedure, there will be some light crusting of the skin followed by some mild to moderate redness, like a sunburn, lasting 1-3 weeks. Your skin, however, will feel smoother, and you will see fewer lines, less blotchiness, and more glow.
If you’re ready to restore a youthful radiance to your skin, contact the professionals at Youthful Reflections today for a consultation.