CO2 Laser 101 with Amber Cruth

The CO2 Laser has long been considered the “gold standard” device for laser skin resurfacing of the skin, an effort to correct wrinkles, laxity, scars and pigment problems.

How the CO2 works :

Rather than affecting the entire skin, the Lumenis AcuPulse CO2 laser ablates only a fraction of the skin surface, allowing bridges of non affected tissue to stimulate rapid healing. This approach to fractional laser skin resurfacing is more comprehensive, and more effective than previous other systems.

How do I prepare for CO2 Laser Treatment?

Preparation for laser and light-based treatment includes:

  • Avoiding sunbathing, tanning beds, waxing and any chemical peels or collagen injections for two weeks prior to the procedure
  • Avoiding perfumes, deodorants or any potential irritants in the treatment area before and after treatment
  • Avoiding aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding
  • Taking photographs of treated areas before and after your procedure to evaluate improvement.

Benefits of CO2:

  • Reduces wrinkles, pore sizes, and fine lines
  • Immediate skin tightening after one treatment
  • Improved skin tone and texture
  • Smooths depressions in the skin, such as acne scars and deep wrinkles
  • Minimal downtime – usually less than a week
  • Short procedure time – less than 30 minutes for a full face treatment
  • Stimulation of collagen growth for up to six months
  • Long-lasting results that can continue for many years

What is involved in recovery?

Many people plan to stay home for a day or two after the CO2 laser treatment to decrease the chance of infection and to promote proper healing. After the procedure, the area of the face that has been treated will weep similarly to an open blister.

Typically, within a few days, the weeping will subside, and the treated area will appear as if it were sunburned. The treated area will remain red for several weeks. After one week, however, many people apply camouflage makeup and return to their normal activities. Redness will fade over six weeks to two months.

Who is a Candidate for Fractional CO2?

  • Patients with any degree of sun damage are good candidates for laser resurfacing.
  • The AcuPulse is considered safe for many darker skin types.  
  • Patients who have taken Accutane in the past 12 months or have a history of keloid scarring should not undergo treatment.
  • Have a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for improving your appearance.
  • The best way to determine if you are a candidate for the CO2 laser treatment or any other laser treatment option that we offer at The Med Spa at NSPS is through a free skincare consultation with an expert at The Med Spa. Fall is the best time to start thinking about Laser Treatments, call today to book your appointment. 312-266-6240.

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