CO2 Laser Resurfacing: What You Need to Know

CO2 Laser Resurfacing: What You Need to Know

The advances being made in anti-aging therapies using lasers are remarkable. Specifically, the use of CO2 laser resurfacing for skin rejuvenation of the face, neck, and decolletage can make improvements in tone and texture, as well as tighten up the skin. It takes the place of old school facelifts with a considerable amount of healing and downtime. Plus, it can treat areas that you may not have considered before like vaginal rejuvenation. Let’s look at some things you need to know about CO2 laser resurfacing procedures.

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The Benefits of Laser Resurfacing for the Face and Neck

CO2 in laser resurfacing stands for “carbon dioxide” which is an ablative laser that works by removing the outer layer of skin and heating the skin underneath to stimulate the growth of collagen. It works to improve the look of the skin tone by removing hyperpigmentation (age spots) and scars fading them for a more flawlessly even appearance.

The CO2 laser also works to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eye area, and can improve sagging skin. Because sagging skin is caused by the loss of elastin and collagen, by increasing the production of both, the treatment results in the “plumping up” of the skin. Skin that has more volume looks youthful and rejuvenated. Overall, the look of your skin after laser resurfacing is going to be healthy and radiant with fewer lines and wrinkles.

What is involved in a CO2 Laser Treatment on the Face?

A CO2 laser procedure is considered a minimally invasive treatment. Dr. White will apply a topical numbing agent to make you more comfortable while the lasers are doing their work. We go to great lengths to ensure your comfort during the treatment. While many people describe the procedure as painless, some describe the experience as a “pins and needles” sensation on the skin.

How Long Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Take to Heal?

For 12 to 72 hours after the procedure, you may see some redness to the skin similar to a mild sunburn. You may have some slight itching or stinging while your skin is recovering. During the next week or two following your procedure, you may experience some peeling and scabbing of the skin on your face and neck. After that, your skin will look a little pink for a few weeks.

It’s important to make sure that you stay out of the sun during this recovery time because your skin will be more sensitive. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible and wear SPF 50 when you have to go outside.

Happy mature couple on a beachAll About Vulvar and Vaginal Rejuvenation

In addition to treating the facial, neck, and decolletage areas, fractional CO2 laser used for treatment of the vulva and vaginal area. The Mona Lisa Touch is a painless and minimally invasive procedure that has the goal of rejuvenating the area for better intimate health.

Vaginal discomfort is something that many women experience after childbirth and during perimenopause. That can include symptoms such as dryness, burning, laxity, urinary incontinence, or pain during intercourse. The Mona Lisa Touch laser procedure works to restore a better moisture balance by stimulating the sensitive tissue to produce more beneficial collagen. The cells are rejuvenated to provide more nourishing hydration to the vaginal mucosa. The pH balance of the vaginal area will be restored, along with tone and elasticity.

Healing Is Fast and Easy

Healing time for vaginal rejuvenation is fast. Some women experience a little bit of redness and swelling for a few days after the procedure. You can resume normal sexual activity after just four days.

If you have questions about all the ways that a CO2 laser treatment can rejuvenate your life, contact our office today. We’ll be happy to discuss the details of each treatment so that you can make a choice that’s right for you.



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