CO2 Laser Resurfacing

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser has been used for more than 25 years for treating the skin. An intense beam of light is emitted, which heats and vaporizes skin tissue instantly. Recently developed Carbon Dioxide, Fractional and Erbium Lasers are able to perform highly specific vaporization of tissue using powerfully focused light to precisely remove the layers of skin, vaporizing the ridges of scars and wrinkles and smoothing out the surface of the skin. In addition, the skin often tightens and collagen remodeling occurs with layers of new collagen replacing the old sun damaged collagen. The CO2 laser tightens the skin more while the erbium laser is used more for sculpting. We may use both of these lasers to maximize benefit depending on each individuals’ needs.

What does CO2 Laser Resurfacing treat?

Laser resurfacing may significantly reduce facial wrinkle lines and acne scarring. The length of time these benefits will last is unknown. Sun spots and brown spots are often removed as well.

What happens during a CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment?

A personal interview and clinical examination will be conducted to obtain relevant facts about your medical history, dermatologic history, and any medications you are currently taking or have taken in the recent past. Pre-operative skincare may be started prior to the procedure and an antiviral medication will begin the night before or the morning of the procedure. On the day of the procedure, you will begin taking an antibiotic for a minimum of 5 days. A topical anesthetic cream will be applied for 2 hours before the procedure to decrease pain. Oral pain medications and injections to block the facial nerve endings may be performed just prior to the procedure. Please plan to have someone drive you home after the procedure.

What should I expect after a CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment?

A detailed aftercare sheet will be given to you on your surgery day. You will be required to soak the treated area using 1 teaspoon of white vinegar per 2 cups of water for 10 minutes, every 1-2 hours. Aquaphor or Vaseline is to be kept on your face continuously for 6 to 8 days. After soaking, leave droplets of moisture on your skin and apply more ointment over the treated area. Oozing of clear fluids, mild bleeding, mild to moderate swelling, and a mild burning sensation may occur. Redness is expected for 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure and will usually fade gradually over 4 to 12 weeks. Whilst infection is rare, please take appropriate precautions that your environment is clean. If you have pets please be mindful of pet dander as it may increase the risk of infection.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing Results

Pre CO2 Laser Resurfacing

1 year Post CO2 Laser Resurfacing


Call Today to Learn More About CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatments in Sacramento

Please contact Laser & Skin Surgery Center of Northern California at 916.456.0400 for more information and to schedule a consultation. We are located in East Sacramento, minutes from Downtown Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Davis, Elk Grove and El Dorado Hills.