If you had one chance to have a procedure that would make a huge dramatic change to your skin, what would it be? There is one answer to this, which involves the CO2 laser. The Carbon dioxide laser is the gold standard in skin resurfacing. This laser produces a specific wavelength, usually 10,600 nanometers, which targets water, one of the main components of the skin. At Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, Lisa Bauer RMA uses CO2 non-ablative procedures to help patients get the best skin resurfacing effects.

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The laser interacts with the water in the skin and vaporizes a fine layer of skin which resurfaces wrinkles making the skin smoother. The laser also heats the skin underneath. Structural collagen is like a spring held apart by sulfide bonds, meaning that when it reaches a specific temperature, these bonds break, and the collagen spring recoils. The results are permanent.

How the procedure eliminates facial aging

Laser resurfacing to your skin may at first sound intimidating, but it is a prevalent tool clinicians use to erase the signs of facial aging. The use of CO2 laser is a functional tool in improving the skin’s structural quality, resulting in a brighter, smoother, and more youthful appearance. Many people often ask how the CO2 laser resurfacing works. The easiest way to explain this is that the laser passes to the deeper layer of the skin called the dermis. Here, the laser stimulates and rejuvenates cells to produce collagen and ensures a more natural appearance while blending with the surrounding skin. The result is skin with more elasticity, improved texture and quality, and a more youthful appearance.

Results of Carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing.

A common question posed by people interested in laser skin resurfacing is how soon they will see results.

With CO2 laser resurfacing, there are lasting and natural-appearing results. The procedure stimulates your skin to rejuvenate results naturally. The development of results happens in two phases.

Phase 1: This stage occurs after healing. Approximately seven to ten days after treatment, you will notice some changes in the texture and quality of your skin. The texture will be smoother, and the appearance of fine lines will improve. 

Phase 2: The full effects of a laser resurfacing procedure can take up to 12 months. This stage is the second phase because, after the procedure, your body will create new collagen, which will improve elasticity and tightening, and help even out skin tone. Therefore, it can take a full year to see your final results as laser skin resurfacing is essentially resetting the clock for your skin. Laser resurfacing can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as fillers, Botox, or surgeries like a facelift or eyelid lift to further enhance the results of these procedures.

During your consultation at Cleveland Plastic Surgery Institute, specialists will answer all your questions concerning CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Schedule a session to get more information about the procedure.