CO2 laser skin resurfacing for a glowing, youthful appearance
No matter how well we take care of our skin, aging, acne, sun exposure, and other issues can eventually take their toll. The good news is that patients have more options than ever before to revitalize their skin and take years off their appearance. CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the many skin rejuvenation options at Thrive Aesthetic & Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.
What is CO2 laser resurfacing?
Laser skin resurfacing is a technique that has been used for many years to refresh the skin’s appearance. There are several kinds of lasers available, which generally fall into two categories: ablative and non-ablative. CO2 lasers are typically considered ablative, which means that they remove the outer layers of the skin to expose the healthy, youthful skin beneath. The latest technology for CO2 laser skin resurfacing, called fractionated CO2, uses ultra-short pulses of light energy (called “ultrapulses”) or continuous light energy delivered in a scanning pattern to treat the skin while minimizing the heat damage caused by the treatment.
Issues CO2 laser resurfacing can treat
CO2 and Erbium lasers are the two main types of ablative lasers. Whereas Erbium lasers are usually used to treat fine lines and wrinkles and other more superficial issues, CO2 lasers are often chosen to treat deeper issues, including:
- Deep wrinkles
- Scars from old injuries
- Acne scars
- Enlarged oil glands on the nose
- Damage caused by sun exposure
Am I a good candidate for CO2 laser skin resurfacing?
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a versatile treatment used for various skin concerns and has remarkable results. Still, it is essential to be aware that the healing period for ablative lasers can take up to two or three weeks, so patients interested in this option should schedule their treatment when they do not have any important upcoming events. Patients with darker skin tones are at a higher risk of experiencing hyperpigmentation after their treatment. Dr. Maddox will talk with you about what to expect during and after your treatment so you are well-informed and can optimize your recovery period.