Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing has emerged as an effective and non-surgical way to treat acne scars, birthmarks, moles and a host of other benign skin conditions. I recommended CO2 laser skin resurfacing to clients with issues such as fine lines, deep wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, raised skin lesions, etc.
Here’s an overview to help you understand what Carbon dioxide laser treatment is all about.
1. How does Carbon-di-oxide laser treatment work?
CO2 laser treatment works by removing the topmost layers of the skin to allow the skin underneath to resurface. The laser then penetrates the deeper layers of the skin and stimulates collagen production, which in turn repairs scarred and damaged skin. This is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure.
Those with ageing skin, deep-set fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, birthmarks, moles, etc., will make good candidates for this form of laser therapy. Because this is a cosmetic procedure, it is only suited for benign skin conditions. CO2 laser for acne scars is one of the most sought after treatments
3. What is fractional laser skin resurfacing?
Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing in one of the latest advancements in this type of treatment. The longer wavelength of the laser allows it to be effective for darker skin tones as well.
CO2 laser treatment is not necessarily free of side effects. Pain, redness, swelling and occasional wounds and infections are possible side effects. The most important thing to keep in mind is to go to a competent professional. The advanced technology cannot do much good if the professional is incompetent.
5. What is the CO2 laser treatment recovery time?
Depending on the type of treatment that you have opted for, it can take up to 7-10 days for the skin to heal. You will need to take care of your skin diligently during this period, and you may be advised rest for the initial 3-5 days after the treatment has been administered.
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Dr. Srilatha Trasi
MD DVD, DDV, FCPS