CO2 Laser Resurfacing (FAQ)
What is CO2 laser resurfacing treat?
Erbium laser resurfacing is designed to remove moderately deep lines and wrinkles on the face, hands, neck or chest. The technique emits concentrated pulse beams of light to the skin in order to remove layers in fractions.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Its most effective capability is minimizing wrinkles and brown spots on the skin of the face, neck, chest and hands. This laser works by creating minimal burns to the skin resulting in collagen production. It only treats microscopic laser columns which penetrate deep into the skin. Each pulse stimulates new skin production while evening out the irregularities in the skin.
What are the different kinds of laser resurfacing?
There are two types of lasers that are most commonly used for resurfacing which are carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers and erbium lasers. Each laser treats the skin cells at a surface-level, which means this isn’t a deep treatment.
CO2 laser resurfacing emits a short-pulsed light energy or continuous light beam to create micro-damage sites. This minimal heat damage stimulates collagen production, ultimately leaving behind a newer and tighter layer of skin. CO2 laser resurfacing is considered one of the most effective treatments for those with wrinkled skin.
Does laser resurfacing hurt?
Patients have said laser resurfacing feels hot on their faces but easily tolerated with topical anesthetics that are applied to the treatment area an hour prior to the procedure.
What are post treatment instructions?
Dr. Rokhsar will provide clear instructions for after treatment care. The skin has gone under a treatment process so it is important to keep the skin hydrated, preferably with Aquaphor throughout the days following until dryness decreases. Allowing the skin to dry out will slow down the healing process. Cold compresses are also used to help reduce any swelling and sunburn feeling you may experience.
Are there any side effects?
Side effects are rare, and with a skilled physician such as Dr. Rokhsar they are very unlikely. Scarring, bacterial infection, changes in skin pigmentation in areas of darker or lighter skin, and burns are the rare cases, however the precision of the laser provides the physician with enough control to avoid said from happening .
How long is recovery time?
CO2 laser resurfacing causes dramatic tightening of the skin and for those that undergo one treatment, only one week of downtime is necessary. For those that undergo multiple treatments in order to treat severe wrinkles, full recovery may take up to 2 weeks. Because the skin is being damaged at a microscopic level there will be redness and downtime, but nothing extensive.
Erbium laser resurfacing treatments will result in some swelling and redness, however the full recovery time should only last up to a week.