Co2 laser skin resurfacing is an excellent solution to reduce age spots, wrinkles, and acne scars. It’s also proven to balance tone and tighten your skin.
Here are 4 key things you should know about Co2 laser treatments.
1. The Right Candidates
Co2 laser is a good choice for you if you have any of the following:
- Dry, dull skin
- Deep wrinkles
- Subtle lines
- Acne scars
2. The Procedure
Laser skin resurfacing is designed to target the outer layer of your skin while heating the lower layers to enhance the production of collagen.
Before your treatment, your skin is prepared by undergoing a series of treatments several weeks before the laser resurfacing. This helps increase the skin’s tolerance to the treatment and decreases the potential side effects.
At the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area, and your skin is cleansed. The laser is then moved around your chosen treatment area.
3. Post-CO2 Laser Treatment
If you don’t take oral pain medication or a sedative before the treatment, you’ll be able to drive home. Your skin will feel tender and look red, similar to sunburn. This can last for around a week.
Within a few days of your treatment, you may notice a little peeling, but this is your skin peeling away to reveal a youthful glow. Once the redness subsides and the peeling is done, you’ll notice a smoother complexion.
Healing takes around 3 to 10 days. During recovery, you can use an ice pack to reduce any swelling. You don’t need to stay home during your recovery, but it’s a good idea to avoid areas of germs, like the gym, that might increase the risk of infection.
4. It Doesn’t Matter What Skin Tone You Have
It’s a misconception that laser resurfacing is only for lighter skin tones. There are Co2 laser options for all types of skin colors and tones.
Co2 laser treatment results can last for several years provided you follow an appropriate skincare maintenance routine. It’s important to use products with antioxidants as well as a good sunscreen to minimize external skin toxins. A retinoid will help to repair your skin at night, and keep your face looking as youthful as you feel!
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