No doubt about it – smooth, flawless skin is sexy, yet few of us are blessed with flawless complexions even in our youth. Once we start to age, the imperfections that once seemed so tiny start to take on greater significance as factors like stress, sun damage, genetics and even good old gravity start to take their toll. Before we know it, wrinkles, creases, and uneven tone and texture can make us look haggard and worn out, and suddenly, the face looking back at us from the mirror looks, well, old.
Fortunately, advances in cosmetic treatments mean men and women can look and feel their best without the need for invasive facelift surgery. What’s the secret? Laser energy delivered in precise “doses” to gently smooth out wrinkles and lines, even out skin tone and texture, and help skin look and feel firmer and more resilient. Today, CO2 Fractional lasers are the most popular type of laser used to resurface the skin, and recent developments in the way laser energy is delivered to the skin have resulted in an unprecedented level of control that can help each patient achieve truly customized results.
How does CO2 Fractional laser resurfacing work?
Laser resurfacing uses bursts or pulses of laser energy delivered through a special handheld device to target different layers of the skin. Inside the skin, the energy is absorbed by chromophores, one of the elements of skin responsible for its color. The heat damages and destroys very thin layers of damaged skin, removing them and revealing smoother skin underneath. At the same time, the laser energy warms the deeper layers of skin, stimulating the development of collagen fibers which play an essential role in helping skin look and feel smoother, firmer and more resilient.
CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments performed in the U.S., with well over a half million men and women opting to have their skin resurfaced in 2015. At Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, CO2 lasers are used to address an array of issues that can make skin look old, worn and haggard, including:
- fine lines and wrinkles, including wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
- scars, including acne scars
- uneven tone and texture due to sun damage
- areas of hyperpigmentation, including liver spots, port wine stains and birthmarks
- enlarged pores
Treatment can take anywhere from a half hour to two hours, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How can I tell if CO2 laser resurfacing is right for me?
CO2 laser resurfacing can be a great option for many men and women looking to improve the appearance of specific areas of the face, like the areas around the eyes or mouth or the forehead, and it can also be used to treat the entire face. Once treatment is complete and depending on the depth of the treatment, the skin may be red, swollen and tender for a few days afterward; discomfort can be managed with medication. Generally speaking, men and women with lighter skin tones and minimal sun exposures will see the best results and fastest healing, but people with darker skin tones can also benefit.
As with any cosmetic treatment, the best way to know if CO2 laser resurfacing can help you get the results you’re looking for is to call Halo Laser and Aesthetic Medicine and schedule a consultation and evaluation. When CO2 laser resurfacing is determined not to be an ideal choice, we can discuss alternate treatment options that can provide you with smoother, sexier, younger-looking skin.