As we’ve mentioned before on the Fremont Laser beauty blog, CO2 laser resurfacing is a treatment that delivers amazing results—but it does require some understanding, and patience.
You’ll need to avoid direct sunlight, alcohol, chemicals, and exercise. You’ll have to keep your skin moist and cool. You’ll need to stay very hydrated. You’ll experience a sunburn-type feeling. You’ll need to be patient during the red, itchy, peeling-skin phase.
You’ll also need patience knowing that the entire healing process after CO2 laser resurfacing can take up to two weeks, and that you, as the patient, will need to be mindful of your at-home care during the recovery process.
So, what exactly is involved in this process, and what is the care you’ll need to give your skin to achieve the gorgeous results you see in before and after photos?
The Day Of
Immediately following your CO2 laser treatment, you’ll need to keep the treated skin covered with the cream that your specialist has directed you to use, as well as apply compresses to cool down the inflammation. (Warning: don’t use ice directly or towels on the skin.) Your first night may be a bit uncomfortable. Be sure to sleep with your head elevated and you might want to protect your pillowcase from any cream to avoid staining. Your skin may swell and ooze for up to 48 hours post treatment. Don’t worry, this is a normal part of the rejuvenation process.
Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
We cannot emphasize enough that it’s very important to keep the treated area moist. The best way to do this is with a layer of petroleum applied on the skin for about five days after with cleansing with room-temperature water. Continue using cool compresses. After 5-7 days, begin using a quality moisturizer.
Don’t scrub too hard during while washing your face. Be gentle and don’t pick at your skin. Around day 4 post CO2 treatment, you can be a bit more aggressive (with your fingertips only) during face washing to start exfoliation—but be very careful. When you go outside, still avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, and be sure to wear a non-irritating sunblock on the treated area. Also, around day 4, you can apply makeup for the first time. Only use mineral powder: nothing too harsh.
After day 7, you’ll need to continue using plenty of moisturizer until your skin has fully recovered. Don’t use any exfoliating masks or scrubs for four weeks and continue avoiding excessive sun exposure during this time. Keep that sunblock on as long as you need it, and don’t use heavy foundations or skin-irritating makeup.
The main thing to remember is to be gentle with your skin as it heals and contact your specialist if anything alarms you, such as extreme swelling. Although this sounds like a lot of work, the final results are very worth it. Radiant, smoother, healthier skin!
At Fremont Laser, we specialize in CO2 laser resurfacing, and our clients are in love with their new skin. If you’re interested in a consultation about how this treatment can improve your skin, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
As if acne by itself isn’t enough to be a confidence-killer, it also has the nasty habit of leaving behind an aftermath of evidence: acne scars. From mild to severe, these scars can have a terrible effect on your self-esteem, since it can often feel like the scars are what everyone is looking at instead of your actual face.
But fear not. For many people who suffer from acne scars, CO2 laser skin resurfacing is a godsend. This treatment (one of our most popular) has seen many patients with acne issues get significant results, with much improvement in the appearance of their skin.
How exactly does CO2 laser skin resurfacing help acne scars?
The treatment uses carbon dioxide to create a laser beam that’s high on the spectrum of infrared energy. This energy is absorbed by water, which is what our body’s cells are made of. Et voilà! When the laser is used, the damaged skin cells of the acne are reduced by the laser’s energy. After that, new tissue is able to grow in place of the old damaged cells. It’s very similar to chemical peels and dermabrasion, except it’s less harsh, since it uses vaporization as opposed to sanding or chemicals.
How many CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments will I need?
The number of treatments each individual may need will depend on the severity of the acne scarring. For less serious cases, one treatment is all that is necessary. For more intense damage, two to three treatments may be required. However, more or less may be needed, depending on your needs. After going over your health history and goals, your certified Fremont Laser & Skin Care specialist will determine how many sessions you may need.
How painful is CO2 laser skin resurfacing?
Although some patients report discomfort during treatments, this discomfort is so mild that only topical anesthesia is usually required. No “knockout” anesthesia is needed, and patients are typically wide awake for the session.
Will the treatments require much recovery time?
Because our CO2 treatments have a lot of work to do, the recovery time can take anywhere from 7-14 days to heal. For a couple of days following the treatment, your skin may secrete fluid, and some blistering may occur. After a few days, your skin will begin to improve, but it may still appear quite pink. You may go through several unpleasant stages including peeling and crusting as well—but keep in mind, this is all temporary. The end result is worth it!
Does everyone’s skin respond well to CO2 laser skin resurfacing?
The best candidates for CO2 laser skin resurfacing are those with lighter skin, since they have less of a risk for hyperpigmentation. However, this doesn’t mean you’re not a good candidate if your skin is darker. The C02 laser does work well with many skin types, and during your consultation, we will help determine if it’s right for you.
If your acne scars are holding you back from being confident, it’s time to consider ways to improve it so that you can live your life comfortably and without concealer. Consider CO2 laser skin resurfacing to get fantastic results. Contact us today to learn more, or to schedule a consultation.
If you’re the type who likes taking care of several skin problems in one shot and are looking for the nirvana of skin treatments, CO2 skin resurfacing may be the anti-aging procedure for you.
Lots of us have things we don’t like about our face, especially as we get older. Where did these wrinkles come from? Why do I look so old? Whether your issue is uneven skin pigmentation, acne scarring, or deep wrinkles, you should be very excited about our new Alma Fractional CO2 Laser. It works wonders. In fact, it’s the best single treatment to conquer advanced skin damage and wrinkling.
This new fractional CO2 Skin Resurfacing Laser produces incredible results, and typically requires just takes one treatment. You should strongly consider this one-treatment wonder. There are some things you need to know about and ask your Fremont Laser treatment specialist.
Am I a Good Candidate for the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?
If you answer, “Yes!” to these questions, you are an ideal CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing candidate.
How does the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser Work?
This laser works by cutting multiple small holes in the skin while leaving the surrounding skin intact to help promote healing. Only a laser can be this precise. As the body heals, healthy skin replaces the old and damaged skin. The laser can be used on your face, neck, and/or chest.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Pain varies from patient to patient, and depends on how deep the laser treatment penetrates the skin. Most people have some pain, but we do everything that we can to minimize pain. The treatment is fairly quick and any pain you might experience will be over soon.
To keep the treatment comfortable, a topical anesthetic is applied to the skin and you may be given some pain tablets. After the treatment, most patients describe the immediate feeling as “having a bad sunburn” lasting for twelve hours to two days. You will be given cold compresses to reduce this sensation right after the laser skin resurfacing treatment is complete.
What Kind of Results and Benefits Can I Expect?
No question, people love the results. Their skin looks more radiant and healthy, and scarring and wrinkles are reduced dramatically. Plus, you can expect your skin to continue improving for up to six months following your laser skin resurfacing treatment.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of the Alma Fractional CO2 Laser?
The biggest negative of the treatment is the downtime. For a few days your skin will ooze clear fluid and you may have blisters. You will need to stay out of the sun and you may not be very presentable. You can certainly work from home during that time. After a few days, most patients apply makeup and venture out in public, but your skin will still be pink and sensitive.
Because getting this treatment is like getting multiple non-invasive procedures at once, it can take anywhere from 7-14 days to heal. During this healing period, you can expect areas of redness, crusting, peeling, and oozing. Lovely, right? The degree of any of these side effects will depend on how aggressive and in-depth your procedure is.
Taking care of your skin after the laser treatment and staying out of the sun will help you heal faster and get the best results.
If you’re interested in CO2 laser resurfacing with the Alma Fractional CO2 laser and think you may be a good candidate, contact us. If you’re anywhere around the Bay Area, we can use this revolutionary treatment to help your skin to look it absolute best.