CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Also known as fractional laser resurfacing
Skin resurfacing treatments help to restore a more youthful, beautiful complexion by removing the most damaged outer layers of skin to reveal the healthier-looking skin beneath and encouraging new, healthy skin cell growth.
As the largest organ we have, our skin serves as the first line of defense, protecting us from wind, sun and debris as well as keeping out would-be microbial invaders. While it’s excellent at its job, over time the outer layers of our skin start to show wear and tear from aging, injury, and environmental factors in the form or wrinkles, scars, age spots and discoloration. Lasers use highly concentrated beams of light energy to improve the skin’s tone, texture and appearance. Skin resurfacing treatments help to reverse these signs of aging and stress, helping you look younger, and even healthier, in the process.
Am I a good candidate for skin resurfacing?
You may be a good candidate for skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following conditions:
- wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
- vertical wrinkles around your mouth, such as those that cause lipstick “bleed”
- “crow’s feet” lines around your eyes and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid
- area fine wrinkling of your upper eyelids
- brown spots or blotchy skin coloring
- certain precancerous skin growths
- acne or chicken pox scars
- superficial facial scars from a past injury
How can laser skin resurfacing improve my skin?
- Minimize fine lines or wrinkles
- Treat brown spots, redness or discoloration for more balanced skin tone
- Tighten skin and encourage collagen production
- Remove acne or surgical scars
- Remove unwanted facial or body hair
Ablative lasers remove outer layers of skin and encourage new skin to heal in its place. How deep the laser penetrates depends on the wavelength of the light; your cosmetic surgeon or aesthetician will determine the best laser application for you depending on your skin type, your goals, and the nature of the problem you wish to address. Today, more cosmetic surgeons are using fractionated lasers, which only remove a fraction of the skin in the treatment area. This allows the laser to safely penetrate into the deeper layers of skin to achieve more dramatic results with minimal downtime.
When Will I See Results?
The main advantage of CO2 laser resurfacing is that results are visible after one single treatment. Multiple sessions, usually three, are needed for best results if you choose to do a lower intensity resurfacing treatment. As your skin heals following the treatment, you will begin to notice an improvement in wrinkles, fine lines, tone and texture
The improvements possible with laser resurfacing are long-lasting and can be dramatic, but they will not appear overnight. It takes several months for the full effects of new skin cell and collagen growth to take shape, and residual after-effects of treatment, such as skin that appears pink at the treatment site, can take a few weeks to subside. However, every patient is a little different. Dr. Maningas and his experienced aesthetician will help you learn what type of results you might expect from different laser resurfacing treatment options during your consultation at our Joplin, MO or Bella Vista, AR locations.
Downtime & Recovery
Immediately following treatment, your skin will be warm and may be slightly red and swollen, depending on your customized treatment settings. For lighter intensities, you can can expect at least 4 days of “social downtime” where you probably won’t feel like you look very presentable as the skin starts to sheds around day 5 you will be able to put on a mineral based makeup, like Jane Iredale, with a new cosmetic brush to help cover any residual redness. Most patients are back to full makeup routine around day 7. For higher intensity treatments, you may be closer to a 10-14 days of “social downtime”, but your results will be more impressive after one treatment.
How Much Does It Cost?
CO2 laser resurfacing at Maningas Cosmetic Surgery in our Aesthetic Skincare Center start at $750 per treatment and package pricing is available. If you chose to have a higher intensity treatment, those are done by Dr. Maningas and begin at $3,300.