CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing (Carbon Dioxide Laser)

What is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

The CO2 laser uses a beam of light energy and carbon dioxide to resurface layers of the skin on the face improving tone, texture, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

How is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Performed and How Does it Work?

Key-Whitman Cosmetic Center has both a fractional ablative CO2 laser (Lumenis AcuPulse) and a fractional non-ablative CO2 laser (Lumenis ResurFX). She often combines fractional ablative laser resurfacing with lower blepharoplasty in the operating room. Fractional non-ablative resurfacing may be performed in the office setting with topical prescription-strength numbing cream and nitrous oxide. Fractional non-ablative resurfacing requires multiple monthly treatments to achieve the desired goal.

The CO2 laser targets cells in the outer layers of the skin called the epidermis and the dermis to stimulate the growth of new collagen resulting in clearer, smoother, and tighter looking skin.

Laser skin resurfacing is designed to treat:

  • Loose skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars, including acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone

Am I a Candidate?

The first step it to have a consultation with an oculoplastic specialist. Based upon your goals, skin type, medical history and available downtime, Dr. Pfeiffer will determine if you are a good candidate and which type of treatment is right for you. The best candidate has lighter skin. It is important that you wear daily sunscreen afterwards.

When Can I Return to Normal Activity?

This depends on the type of laser used. Fractional ablative CO2 laser resurfacing requires approximately 5 days of downtime. Fractional non-ablative has no downtime, and patients may return to most normal activities immediately after the procedure.

To learn more about CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing and how it can enhance your appearance, contact us at 214-220-3937 to schedule an appointment.