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CO2 Resurfacing is one of the gold standard anti-aging procedures to improve overall skin texture and laxity, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scarring. This customized treatment can penetrate different depths of the skin, vaporizing the skin tissue while leaving channels of the healthy surrounding skin to stimulate collagen production.
Fractional skin resurfacing is an ablative laser treatment that uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) or Erbium. Whereas CO2 laser treatments are used for deep wrinkles and scars, Erbium is used for finer lines and wrinkles, along with superficial skin concerns. Both of these lasers remove layers of the skin.
Laser skin resurfacing treatments can be done on all skin tones, according to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgeons (ABCS). The key to success is working with an experienced dermatologist who knows which types of lasers work best for a specific skin tone.
As this procedure removes wrinkles and scars on the skin, fractional skin resurfacing is often done on patients that have one or more of these skin concerns:
These procedures are not classified as surgical, so they are non-invasive and you can leave our offices immediately following the procedure. Some downtime and recovery are necessary to make sure your skin heals properly and to reduce the risk of side effects. A proper recovery time will also help you to achieve the desired results and healing usually takes about 3 to 10 days.
Like many other cosmetic procedures, laser skin resurfacing may pose some risks, and side effects can include:
As a double-board certified dermatologist, Dr. Weishar specializes in aesthetic medicine and laser treatments. She proudly serves Bucks and Montgomery County areas and offers patients the highest level of experience and dedication. To learn more about CO2 Fractional Resurfacing, please call us at (215) 542-0655 or book a consultation with us.
This depends on the seriousness of your skin issue; the more dramatic improvements you need, the more treatments you’ll need to have. It takes around four weeks for your skin to recover, so one visit per month is usually the most you can expect to be treated. Treatments this frequent should only be done for patients with particularly bad scars.
Laser skin resurfacing is not permanent but can achieve noticeable results. It helps to remove damaged skin on the surface and goes deeper into the skin to stimulate new skin growth.
Laser skin treatments won’t necessarily hurt and it largely depends on your tolerance to pain. Most dermatologists compare this to a rubber band snapping on the skin. The pain is usually very mild and depends on the laser used, and the experience of your dermatologist.