Laser Skin Resurfacing
Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing
To tackle damaged skin that shows wrinkles, acne scars, uneven pigmentation, and sun damage, we offer fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing. Laser treatments can be either ablative or non-ablative. Both stimulate collagen production, but ablative also removes much of the damaged outer layers of skin to allow for new skin to take its place. Which treatment your physician will recommend depends on the type of damage being repaired.
The laser treatment is done with local anesthesia (numbing injection) and a light sedative (we don’t have to put you fully to sleep). You are generally very relaxed and comfortable. An anesthesiologist will be with you during the procedure to help ensure your safety and comfort.
Depending on the treated areas, the procedure can take 10 to 30 minutes to complete. The physician uses tiny laser beams to treat the skin. During the procedure, you will be very comfortable and you will not feel any pain. The heat from the lasers and the body’s natural healing process work in tandem to stimulate collagen production. Once completed, the doctor will apply ointment to the treated areas to aid with your recovery. Depending on the type and strength of the laser treatment, the treated areas may remain red for 2-6 weeks after the treatment. The redness is able to be covered with makeup within one week after the procedure. You will begin to notice improvements in the fine lines and wrinkles of the treated areas just one week after the laser treatment. It is important to keep in mind that stimulating collagen production in your skin takes time. The treated areas will continue to experience improvements in fine lines and wrinkles as well as improvement in elasticity over the course of 6 months.
Talk to your doctor about whether laser skin resurfacing is right for you, and what some of the risks may include. Get ready for brighter days ahead!
If you are interested in learning more about Oregon Eye Specialists’ cosmetic surgeries and treatments, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Coleen Palileo today.