What Is CO2 Facial or Resurfacing and How Does It Work?

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CO2 laser resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses concentrated carbon dioxide to remove the outer layers of skin on the face and neck, promoting the growth of new skin cells. Commonly used to treat wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and other signs of aging, CO2 has the remarkable ability to significantly improve the texture and tone of the skin as well.

How Does Laser CO2 Facial Resurfacing Work?

CO2 facials work by using a high-energy laser or beam of light to remove the top layers of skin. The laser energy is absorbed by water present in the skin, causing it to vaporize and remove dead skin cells. This process naturally stimulates the production of collagen, a protein that gives skin its elasticity. It also helps to promote the growth of new, smoother, more supple skin.

During the procedure itself, the laser is passed over areas to be treated, removing the top layers of skin. Heat present in the layer also helps to tighten underlying skin, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Depths for resurfacing can be controlled according to patient preference, allowing for the treatment of specific skin concerns without causing damage to surrounding tissues.

What Conditions Do CO2 Resurfacing Treatments Address?

CO2 resurfacing treatments are used to address and treat a wide variety of skin issues, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Skin elasticity issues

Preparing for the Procedure

Preparing for the best outcome for a CO2 facial involves several deliberate care steps in the days before and up to your appointment. Consult with a qualified healthcare professional, such as a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, to discuss potential risks, benefits, and expected outcomes of treatment.

Your dermatologist may ask you to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, before the procedure to reduce your risk of bleeding and other complications. Avoid sun exposure and tanning for several weeks prior to the procedure; if you must spend time outdoors, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the sun from harmful UV rays.

Potential Side Effects

As every patient reacts differently to skin resurfacing treatments, there are some potential side effects and risks that are associated with CO2 laser therapy, including:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and redness
  • Scarring
  • Changes in skin color–can be temporary or permanent
  • Infection
  • Changes in skin texture

Following your doctor’s recommendations for downtime and healing will greatly reduce your chances of experiencing these side effects, and you are more likely to yield the promised results from treatment.

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