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What Is a CO2 Laser Treatment?

Fractional laser resurfacing has revolutionized the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, surgical, and traumatic scars, and facial discoloration. Other benefits of treatment include improvement in the overall texture and tone of the skin. While responses vary from patient to patient, results are frequently achieved in one treatment session. It should be noted that this treatment will likely not improve redness or small facial blood vessels, which are best treated with other laser and light-based devices.

All laser procedures carry some degree of risk. The most common and expected side effects of this treatment are temporary redness, swelling, pinpoint bleeding, skin discoloration, and discomfort. Infection, acne flares, prolonged wound healing, redness and discoloration, and scarring are possible but not common. Although fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is very effective in the majority of cases, no guarantees can be made regarding any individual response to treatment.

How To Prepare for CO2 Laser Treatments

4 Weeks Prior

  • Medical grade skincare regimen for 1 month before your appointment

  • Avoid chemical peels or microdermabrasion

  • Avoid tanning and wear sunblock daily

2 Days Prior

  • Stop any topical medications

  • Avoid alcohol

  • Stop smoking if applicable

1 Day Prior

  • Stay hydrated

  • If you develop a cold sore or have any active infections, your appointment must be cancelled.

The Day of your Appointment

  • Shower and wash hair as normal, wash face and ear canals, do not apply makeup, hair care products or perfume.

  • Wear loose clothing

  • Do not wear contact lenses

  • Eat as usual and take any regular medications

  • More guidelines available in your patient packet

What To Expect During CO2 Laser Treatment

The procedure takes about 60 minutes, during which time you will hear laser noises consisting of crackles and pops, and during which time you will feel as though you are being snapped with a rubber band accompanied by a sensation of warmth.

There may be pinpoint bleeding, bruising, and crusting depending upon the area and extent of treatment. During and immediately after treatment, cold air may be applied to your skin for comfort.

Upon completion of the procedure, Bioshield ointment will be applied to the treated areas. Leave this ointment on for 4-8 hours, then gently remove and begin vinegar soaks.

The Lush MedSpa Difference

There is nothing more beautiful than someone wearing their confidence. Our goal is to help each client find their happy place within themselves. Expertly trained providers, state of the art technology, and sincere, results-driven staff help us to create a plan unique to every person who walks through our doors.

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