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CO2 Laser for Skin Resurfacing: Everything You Need To Know

When you think about it, your skin is incredible. It’s self-healing, protective and filled with nerve endings that let you interact with the world around you. But all that can take a toll – and skin, especially skin that’s more frequently exposed, can show signs of ageing.

And as much as dull, sagging and lined skin can show a life well lived, it’s not always how we want to look – and that’s ok!

Many factors can affect how our skin looks, such as lifestyle, genetics, environment, and sun damage. These changes can leave some people feeling self-conscious about their skin’s appearance, while some just want an effective solution to specific problems.

Fortunately, innovative procedures like CO2 laser skin resurfacing offer an exciting treatment that can give you a clearer, more youthful and brighter appearance without intrusive surgery.

Here’s what you should know about CO2 laser skin resurfacing and the results it can give you.

What Is Skin Resurfacing?

Skin resurfacing is more than just a simple cosmetic procedure; it’s an ideal solution for revitalising your skin and reclaiming your sense of self-confidence, no matter your skin insecurities. This type of treatment improves the texture and appearance of the skin, usually providing other benefits to your skin, such as collagen and elastin production. 

The right treatment depends on several factors specific to you, which is why we always begin your journey with an initial consultation. At Dr Sobia, we offer different types of skin resurfacing treatments:

Chemical peels

These are a cornerstone of our resurfacing treatment options. They effectively target sun damage, pigmentation, enlarged pores and acne scars. A clinician applies a specific chemical solution – normally to your face – and this exfoliates damaged skin layers, causing them to peel away, leaving your skin radiant and healthy.

Dermabrasion

Our dermabrasion techniques gently and effectively remove the outer layers of your skin, removing wrinkles, scars and fine lines. This treatment works to restore a more youthful complexion, fighting premature signs of ageing.

Lasers

Laser treatments are best suited to more severe skin concerns, such as deep scarring, severe acne, pitting or discolouration. CO2 lasers specifically stand as the pinnacle of skin resurfacing tech, penetrating deeply through the layers of the skin for visibly rejuvenated skin.

How Do Lasers Help With Skin Resurfacing?

Lasers have revolutionised skin resurfacing treatments, becoming one of the most advanced skin rejuvenation techniques available. Concentrated beams of light emitted by lasers target specific tissues in the skin, making it a safe and effective solution to common skin concerns like acne scarring, pigmentation and texture problems.

By harnessing the power of concentrated light beams, CO2 lasers penetrate the skin to target water molecules deep within each layer. As these molecules absorb the laser energy, they heat up to the point of vaporising, taking with them the damaged surface of your skin. 

Once the skin goes through its natural healing process, it produces the properties that make us look youthful – elastin and collagen – and you’re left with smooth, clear skin. 

Lasers are most suited to treating:

  • Lines & Wrinkles
  • Enlarged Pores
  • Pigmentation
  • Acne & Scars
  • Pitted Skin
  • Stretch Marks
  • Sun Damaged Skin
  • Premature Ageing

Because of the controlled depth of CO2 lasers, your treatment will be tailored to help with your specific skin concern.

What Are The Benefits Of Choosing CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

Choosing CO2 laser treatment is an ideal solution for many skin issues and comes with benefits you and your skin will love.

The procedure itself is comfortable, quick and takes place in a relaxing environment. So you can lay back and relax.

But the results you see go way beyond the visual changes. The process your skin undergoes allows for new cell regeneration, encouraging a healing cycle that leaves your skin rejuvenated, refreshed and looking bright. 

CO2 laser resurfacing can address a huge variety of skin concerns, making it the most versatile solution if you’re looking for comprehensive skin revitalisation that lasts.

How Long Do The Results Last?

Those who opt for CO2 laser treatment often see long-lasting results, with many still benefiting from healthy, glowing skin for up to 5 years. While individual experiences may vary, patients typically see a gradual improvement in their skin’s tone and texture throughout the 2 to 6 weeks following their procedure.

Some of our clients have noticed improved skin, texture and tone after just one session!

To get the best possible results, you’ll need to maintain a consistent skincare routine that includes good moisturisation and SPF protection. These are essential while your skin is healing its outermost layer.

What to Expect During CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Wondering what you can expect from your CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment? It will go something like this:

Consultation: During your consultation, we will take the time to understand your unique skin concerns and the results you’re expecting. We will discuss your goals, your medical history and answer any specific questions you have. 

Pre-treatment preparation: Following this initial assessment and talking with you, we will guide you through what you need to do to prepare your treatment. Often, this includes;

  • Using at least factor 50 SPF suncream
  • Keeping hydrated
  • Taking a break from using things like retinoids, salicylic acid (a full list will be given to you)
  • Instructions for skin care on the day of your treatment

Procedure: The procedure itself begins with a local anaesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout. Your skin will be prepped, your eyes protected, and the CO2 laser will be used to resurface the targeted area. After your treatment, an ice pack, ointment and dressing will be applied. 

Wound healing process: After treatment, you will experience sensitivity and skin peeling that lasts a number of days. Your new skin may look more pink and pale, but it will quickly change to match your usual skin colour.

Alternatives to CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

While CO2 laser resurfacing has incredible results for many, it may not be suitable for everyone. That’s why at Dr Sobia Medispa, we offer a variety of treatments to suit everyone’s goals and preferences. 

Microneedling – micro-channels in the skin to trigger your body’s natural healing process. This treatment is known for delivering visibly youthful and smooth skin.

Chemical Peels – Peels provide deep cleansing and exfoliation of your outer layer of skin. This makes it ideal for reducing the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet and scarring. 

HydraFacial – A hydration boost to revitalise tired and worn-out skin. It is perfect for achieving a dewy, fresh-faced appearance while actively supporting skin health.

Dermalux LED Therapy– A rejuvenating light therapy that stimulates the production of collagen. Tailored to your skin goals, it can reduce sagging skin and return a youthful tone to it.

Each of these treatments can offer unique benefits tailored to complement your skin goals. Meet with a professional like the team at Dr. Sobia and get the guidance you need to find the right solution for your skin.

Radiant, Youthful Skin With CO2 Laser Treatment

CO2 laser resurfacing offers a powerful solution for achieving a brighter, more youthful complexion. It effectively addresses wrinkles, fine lines and other skin concerns. While you may now be more familiar with the treatment, it’s important to note that CO2 laser resurfacing is not a one-size-fits-all treatment. 

At Dr Sobia Medispa, we are committed to our patients and their skin and body goals. To find out the most effective treatment to help you get the skin you want, just book a consultation.

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