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CO2 laser Skin Resurfacing is a popular cosmetic procedure that is used to improve the texture and appearance of the skin. It is a type of laser skin resurfacing that uses carbon dioxide (CO2) to remove layers of damaged skin. The procedure is often used to treat fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and other types of skin damage. 


How does CO2 laser skin resurfacing work?


The Co2 laser was first patented in the early 1960s by Kumar Patel. Since it’s introduction, the laser has undergone several changes to allow the technology to be safe and effective for aesthetic skin care purposes.

CO2 laser resurfacing works by removing the outer layers of damaged skin, which stimulates the growth of new skin cells. The laser delivers short pulses of high-energy light that vaporize the damaged skin cells, leaving behind smoother, more youthful-looking skin. 

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia. The length of the procedure can vary depending on the extent of the treatment area, but it generally takes between 30 minutes to an hour.


What are the benefits of CO2 laser skin resurfacing?


CO2 laser resurfacing offers several benefits for patients who want to improve the appearance of their skin. These benefits include:

  1. Improved skin texture: CO2 laser resurfacing can help to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles, and other imperfections in the skin.

  2. Reduced age spots and sun damage: The procedure can help to reduce the appearance of age spots and sun damage, giving the skin a more even tone.

  3. Reduced acne scars: CO2 laser resurfacing can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars, making them less noticeable.

  4. Increased collagen production: The procedure can stimulate the production of collagen, which can help to improve the elasticity and firmness of the skin.

  5. Minimal downtime: While there may be some redness and swelling after the procedure, most patients are able to return to their normal activities within a few days.

Are there any risks associated with CO2 laser skin resurfacing?


As with any cosmetic procedure, there are some risks associated with CO2 laser resurfacing. These risks are rare but include:

  1. Skin discoloration: In some cases, the procedure can cause temporary or permanent skin discoloration. While CO2 laser resurfacing can successfully treat hyperpigmentation, with improper post-op care CO2 laser resurfacing may cause further discoloration. 

  2. Infection: While rare, there is a risk of infection after the procedure. This is why your Post-Op instructions will include a special skin care routine in order to keep your skin clean and healing properly. 

  3. Scarring: While uncommon, there is a risk of scarring from the CO2 laser. While scarring can be the result of improper post-op care, some are more susceptible to scarring than others. In order to avoid this risk, your skin care specialist will ensure you’re a good candidate for treatment.

What is the process like?

The process for Co2 skin resurfacing involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation: Before the procedure, you will have a consultation with a service provider to discuss your goals, medical history, and any potential risks.

  2. Preparation: On the day of the procedure, your skin will be cleaned, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to reduce discomfort.

  3. Laser treatment: During the procedure, the CO2 laser is used to remove the top layer of skin. The laser energy heats the skin, causing the old skin cells to vaporize. This simulates the growth of new collagen fibers. The laser can be adjusted to penetrate different depths of the skin, depending on the desired results.

  4. Recovery: The recovery period can take up to several weeks, depending on the depth of the laser treatment. During this time, the skin will tender, and may be swollen or discolored for the first few days. It is important to keep the skin clean and moisturized, and to avoid sun exposure until the skin has fully healed. 


Overall, CO2 laser skin resurfacing can be an effective way to improve the appearance of the skin. However, it is important to work with a qualified and experienced provider to ensure the best possible results. To schedule a free consultation with one of our doctors, click here.