If you are concerned about visible signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, or sun damage on your skin, you may be looking for a solution to address these concerns. CO2 laser treatments can improve the texture and appearance of your skin, giving it a fresh and youthful glow by working with your body’s regenerative abilities.
At New Image Cosmetic, we offer CO2 laser resurfacing treatments in Edmonton, Alberta. Our commitment to exceptional care, tailored treatments, and targeted results make us a good option for addressing skin concerns and improving the health and appearance of your skin.
What Are CO2 Laser Treatments?
CO2 laser treatments can be one of the most effective skin resurfacing treatments because of the variety of skin concerns that it can address at the same time, the relatively short downtime, and the comprehensive results that can be achieved through the treatment. This treatment uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to gently remove the outermost layers of damaged or aging skin.
How Does the CO2 Laser Work for Skin Resurfacing?
The high-precision laser used in CO2 laser therapy works by directing short, concentrated pulses of light at the skin, targeting one small area at a time. As the laser removes damaged or hyperpigmented skin, it stimulates the underlying layers, encouraging the growth of new, healthy skin. This process also triggers natural collagen production, an essential protein that gives skin its firmness.
What Concerns Can CO2 Laser Resurfacing Address?
Hyperpigmentation, characterized by dark patches on the skin, can result from sun exposure, hormonal changes, or aging. The precision of CO2 laser treatment allows for targeted treatment of these patches, gradually lightening them to match the surrounding skin tone.
Rosacea and Red Discoloration
Red discoloration and rosacea can be challenging to manage. CO2 laser skin rejuvenation can help reduce the redness associated with these conditions, delivering a more even skin tone and reducing inflammation and flare-ups.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Fine lines and wrinkles come from a loss of collagen in the dermis which causes the surface of the skin to wrinkle and fold as it loses its elasticity. Over time, the collagen stimulated by the CO2 laser can lessen the appearance of wrinkles, leaving you with firmer, younger-looking skin.
CO2 lasers can be an effective way to treat acne scars. When you have inflammatory acne, your body works hard to heal the lesions while producing collagen to restore the tissue that was lost. Sometimes it can produce too little collagen and sometimes too much, leading to scars. CO2 lasers help your body replace damaged tissue with brand-new skin that is more even and smooth in texture.
Large pores can make the skin appear less even. Increased collagen and elastin in your skin will help to support the skin around your pores, making them appear smaller and giving your skin a better appearance.
What Are the Benefits of CO2 Laser Treatments?
Noticeable Improvements in the Skin
One of the benefits of CO2 laser treatments is that they can produce significant and noticeable changes to your skin texture and quality. Ablative lasers are considered the gold standard for skin rejuvenation because of the results that they can produce in the skin.
Supports Your Skin During the Aging Process
One of the reasons that skin begins to look older is the gradual decrease of collagen and elastin production that happens each year once you reach adulthood. CO2 laser skin rejuvenation supports your skin during the aging process, helping you to age more gracefully and keeping your skin firm and elastic.
One of the major advantages of the CO2 laser treatment is its minimal downtime. While it will take a week or two to heal completely, you can resume your daily activities soon after the procedure, making it an ideal choice for those with busy lifestyles.
Frequently Asked Questions About CO2 Laser Treatments
What Is the CO2 Laser Recovery Time?
CO2 laser recovery time can vary depending on the scope of the treatment. Recovery from fully ablative treatments may be up to two weeks while recovery from CO2 fractional laser treatments is usually shorter. During your consultation for CO2 laser therapy, we will discuss the extent of your treatment and give you a timeline for your expected recovery.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
Again, the number of sessions will depend on the extent of your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment as well as the extent of your concerns. Most people respond well to having one treatment, but in some cases, more treatments may be necessary to see the results you are looking for. This can be the case for patients with deeper lines and wrinkles or extensive acne scarring.
What Does the Procedure Feel Like?
Most patients describe the sensation during treatment as a warm, prickly feeling that can be uncomfortable for some individuals. Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic may be applied to minimize discomfort. Post-treatment, you may experience a sensation similar to a mild sunburn. We are committed to ensuring your comfort throughout the entire process, so it is important to us that you communicate any discomfort.
Achieve Youthful and Vibrant Skin With CO2 Laser Treatments
CO2 laser treatments can transform your skin, improving skin quality to support your skin’s natural aging process. Whether you are addressing specific skin concerns or seeking overall skin rejuvenation, this treatment may be the right choice.
We would love to help you rediscover vibrant skin at New Image Cosmetic. If you are interested in this treatment, you can visit us for a consultation in Edmonton, Alberta. Contact us today at (587) 870-3605 or fill out an online form for more information.