Is CO2 Skin Resurfacing Worth It?
CO2 laser resurfacing is a revolutionary treatment that more and more individuals are taking advantage of with outstanding results. With this technique, columns of skin are removed, which results in the surrounding skin acting as a “healer” for the tissue.
Because the remaining skin heals the tissue around it, this treatment takes care of several skin problems in one session. These problems include age spots, uneven skin tone, scarring, wrinkles, sun damage, and sagging skin.
The good news?
CO2 laser resurfacing is a powerful treatment that typically only requires one session.
The bad news?
Downtime from that one session can take anywhere from 3 to 5 days.
No, no one ever said that beauty was simple or easy. This particular technique is like having multiple non-invasive treatments all at one time, and it will be up to every patient to decide if they want to undergo a beauty procedure that can take this amount of time and requires a bit of “homework.” (Patients must be faithful to at-home instructions for a speedy recovery.)
What exactly happens during all that downtime?
After the CO2 laser treatment you have to avoid the sun. Sunlight can cause pigmentation. For a few days you skin may be crusty, red, itchy, or peeling. You may even experience some oozing. As for the level of pain, many patients compare it to the feeling of a rough sunburn for a couple of days. (At Monterey Laser & Skin Care, we provide patients with cold compresses to help with this burning sensation.)
If you closely follow your at-home instructions, keep out of the sun, and stick to a skin care regimen provided by your aesthetician, your recovery process will go faster and be easier.
So, is it worth it?
Yes, it may take a full two weeks for you to recover and see results when you choose CO2 laser resurfacing. However, once your skin has “settled” and you’re back up and running, the results are fabulous! You’ll notice that your skin looks more radiant, youthful, and healthy. Frustrating issues such as wrinkles and scars will be heavily reduced.
And the best part? You skin will continue to improve for up to six months after your treatment, if you follow a healthy skin care regimen.
Because of the incredible results, our patients have found CO2 laser resurfacing to be very worth the downtime it takes to recover. Many are able to work from home for those several days, and others treat it like a much-deserved vacation.
At Monterey Laser & Skin Care, we use one of the best CO2 lasers in the industry: the Alma Fractional CO2 laser. We staff only licensed professionals, and we have seen very impressive and significant results with this treatment. If you’re interested in improving your problem areas such as sun and age spots, wrinkles, scars, discolored skin tone, or sagging, please don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about CO2 laser resurfacing!