What Is CO2 Laser Therapy Skin Resurfacing?
CO2 laser therapy is a resurfacing procedure that beams short bursts of high-energy light directly onto the skin. This creates multiple, microscopic wounds on the surface, effectively stimulating a cascade of healing processes that increase the production and promote the restructuring of collagen and elastic fibres within. This provides the skin with a naturally enhanced level of elasticity, improving the overall texture and condition.
By adjusting the power of the laser energy, the level of penetration to the tissue can be controlled. Deeper penetration stimulates more advanced levels of tissue regeneration. This yields more effective results when targeting scar tissue, as well as deeper lines and wrinkles.
Does CO2 Laser Therapy Hurt?
CO2 laser therapy involves a level of mild discomfort, likened to a pins and needles sensation, may be experienced during the laser treatment, but topical anaesthetic can be provided to minimise this. Swelling, flaking of the skin and a sunburn-like redness and discomfort may be felt during the recovery phase. Mild treatments will usually subside within 7-10 days post-treatment, but deeper treatments may have a much lower downtime.
When Can I Expect To See The Results From The CO2 Laser Treatment?
The regenerative process brought on by CO2 resurfacing is typically heightened during the first 7-14 days of recovery. During this time, the redness and swelling of the skin that occurs after the procedure gradually subsides, leaving behind fresh, rejuvenated skin. However, this is only the first step in the rejuvenation process. The second phase occurs over the course of 12 months post-treatment, as maximal levels of collagen and elastin fibres are reached and the deep layers of the skin are sufficiently reorganised. Having a skin care routine appropriately suited to your skin type, as well as proper protection from the sun, can yield rejuvenating results that are visible years after treatment.
Can CO2 Laser Therapy Reduce The Appearance Of Scars?
Whilst unable to remove scars completely, laser treatments can significantly reduce pigmentation and smooth the texture and visibility of scars. Through the customisation of the laser intensity to suit the various levels of scarring, patients can expect reduction in the appearance of acne scars, surgery scars and scars from physical injuries. The ablative action of the laser removes the superficial layer of the scar tissue and replenishes it with a new, more uniform layer of tissue. This new layer of scar tissue will have markedly reduced itching and pain, and an improved range of movement when compared to the previous scar.
Who Will Perform My Laser Treatment Procedure?
Laser therapy requires a deep understanding of the anatomy of the skin and its responsiveness to treatments and so should only be carried out by trained professionals. Tailoring the laser treatment to suit skin types and outcome objectives, as well as personal preferences, requires a high level of expert knowledge.
At NEO Health Clinic, all our cosmetic procedures are performed by highly skilled, experienced aestheticians who are rigorously trained.