There is no other body part that gets as much attention from others as much as our faces. They are the focal points of conversations and are one of the first factors considered during first impressions. Unfortunately, that means any flaws we have are part of those daily exchanges.

Fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, textural concerns — all of these can damage the way others perceive us and harm the confidence we have about ourselves. So what option do we have to address the concerns? And are they really worthwhile?

While many cosmetic treatments on the market are not worth their salt, laser treatments have consistently stood out as reliable and effective means for appearance improvement. At Senza Aesthetic Medicine, we are big proponents of CO2 laser skin resurfacing, specifically with the unique DEKA DOT Fractional CO2 system, because of its versatility and dependability. So we are happy to be able to provide this treatment to all of our patients.

What Is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

CO2 laser skin resurfacing might sound complicated, but the mechanics are actually pretty simple. Laser resurfacing is a phrase used in cosmetic medicine to describe the removal of the top layer of skin with concentrated light. This technology stimulates collagen elastin production. CO2 is an abbreviation for carbon dioxide, a substance used in laser technology because of its high power.

At Senza Aesthetic Medicine, we use the DEKA DOT Fractional CO2 laser system, which is well known for its ability to provide reliable and noticeable results. It uses a fractionated system, which means instead of a single laser being emitted into the underlying layers of skin, an array of tiny beams are pulsed into the skin for only a brief moment. This technique is much more precise and significantly decreases recovery and downtime.

Why Do We Need CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

This entire process is performed to remove dead skin cells and lodged debris that cause a face to appear dull, but it can also improve other textural or tonal concerns like wrinkles and fine lines. In many cases, patients may feel as though they want to improve their appearance without having to go through more intensive surgical or even minimally invasive procedures.

Laser resurfacing is a noninvasive technique that has a speedy recovery time and effective results. While other noninvasive methods exist on the market to address similar issues, lasers are often found to be the most effective and reliable because of their ability to get into the underlying layers of skin.

What Does CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

Here is a list of cosmetic concerns that our DEKA DOT Fractional CO2 laser system can treat:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Overly large pores
  • Sunspots
  • Age spots
  • Scarring
  • Acne scarring
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Warts
  • Birthmarks
  • Enlarged oil glands

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Am I a Candidate for CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

In most cases, if you have one of the aesthetic conditions listed above and would like to improve them with our laser treatments, you are likely going to be a candidate. Unfortunately, there are some limitations that laser treatments have been unable to breakthrough. One of those is the ability of darker skin tones to more effectively absorb surface heat.

Our laser systems (and most systems on the market) avoid damage to the top layer of skin by cooling it down simultaneously. Unfortunately, the cooling systems are not always effective enough to cool down the heat absorbed by darker skin tones — this can sometimes lead to scarring, blistering or skin color damage.

For that reason, we always make sure to assess the tone of the patient’s skin to ensure treatment will be both safe and effective. It is also essential to understand that every treatment has its limits, so having realistic expectations about what can be achieved will ensure an otherwise successful procedure doesn’t sadden you.

How Should I Prepare for CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

As a noninvasive technique, there is no preparation that you need to make before having your procedure performed. We do ask that you avoid excessive sun exposure or sun damage since it can damage your results and lead to more pain and discomfort than necessary.

What Should I Expect from a CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Procedure?

The steps in a CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure are reasonably straightforward:

  1. The treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned
  2. A numbing agent will be applied directly to the skin
  3. A medical professional will administer the treatment with a small medical device
  4. The treatment area is cleaned after the procedure is completed
  5. You are sent home to begin a minor recovery

This process may change based on your specific procedure or needs, but as a general rule, the method is as simple as these five steps.

What Should I Expect During CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Recovery?

We generally let our patients know that some side effects may last for up to seven days, but these symptoms are very minor in most cases. Redness and irritation (similar to a sunburn sensation) are how the average patient describes the after-effects. Sometimes swelling can also occur, but this generally subsides between a few hours and a couple of days.

You can return directly to your usual routines if you don’t mind being out in public with a bit of redness or skin irritation, making it a great option for people with busy and steadfast schedules to adhere to.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You can expect to have a brighter, smoother and more harmonious complexion after having CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Many patients are able to notice a change in their appearance after one procedure, but ideal results typically come between two and four sessions when collagen and elastin production begins to really elevate. Unfortunately, the longevity of your results is primarily dependent on your body’s reaction to the procedure and your own biology, but one of our team members can work with you to develop a treatment plan that will maintain your preferred appearance.

How Much Does CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Cost?

The average cost for CO2 laser skin resurfacing is between $1,999-$2,999 per session. While this is a pretty sizeable range, the exact price will depend entirely on how much correction is needed per session. During your consultation, Senza Aesthetic Medicine will be able to provide you with an exact estimate.

Rejuvenate Your Appearance with CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

If you are ready to learn more about how this treatment can help you come closer to your ideal appearance, give our office a call at (909) 793-3563. You can also fill out our online contact form if you need to be reached more conveniently. We are happy to follow up with you and be your partner throughout your aesthetic journey.