The CO2 laser sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, but it remains the best surgical option for soft tissue treatments. In fact, the physician can use it in place of a scalpel for most maxillofacial procedures that treat acne scarring, pigmentation irregularities, and unwanted lesions.
So what is the CO2 laser – exactly?
A carbon dioxide laser is an advanced technology used by Gulf Coast Facial Plastics to remove the outer layers of skin to treat deep facial lines and wrinkles. When the deeper layers of damaged skin are removed, this helps stimulate collagen production. In turn, that enables the regeneration of new, healthier skin, causing a restructuring in the healing process.
CO2 technologies are referred to as ablative resurfacing lasers because they are more invasive but produce the best clinical results. Pulsed beams of light remove skin tissue in columns, which is known as a fractionated method that leaves the skin around each column intact to aid in healing.
What You Can Expect
For such an invasive procedure, patients are under IV sedation. So, what kind of timeframe can you expect for the Co2 laser recovery? Common side effects include swelling in the treated area, redness and irritation similar to that of sunburn. Less common side effects include scarring, burning, or a change in skin pigmentation. However, you should be able to return to normal activities within three to five days. Patients should stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen daily for several weeks during the healing process. Patients usually see results as soon as the skin starts to heal; however, healing takes two weeks, and you will see definite results in six months.
The Best Option for Numerous Facial Concerns
Dr. Daniel Daube, the region’s only facial plastic surgeon, believes the CO2 laser to be the best laser face treatment to reduce the appearance of age spots, sun freckles, liver spots, uneven coloration, scarring, skin laxity, and dull tone, as well as thinning collagen layers of the face.
Contact our office for your consultation to find out if you are a candidate for the CO2 laser treatment. During your consult, Dr. Daube will fully evaluate your skin and medical history to determine if a CO2 procedure may be right for you. Call (850) 784-7722, Ext. 321.