CO2 Laser Resurfacing Specialist in Langhorne, and Philadelphia, PA
A range of skin problems are treated using carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. Carbon dioxide lasers carefully remove tiny layers of skin while causing minimum thermal damage to adjacent structures. These lasers are used to treat skin issues such as UV damage, wrinkles, scars, warts, and birthmarks. Dr. Durvi Patel and her team at the Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery, deliver the most recent laser skin resurfacing technology to their patients looking for skin rejuvenation. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Langhorne,PA and surrounding areas.
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What are CO2 laser treatments used for?
How long after the CO2 laser will I see results?
Who is a good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing?
What is the difference between Microneedling and CO2 laser treatments?
There are many different options available on the market today for skin resurfacing treatments and it can be difficult to figure out which treatment is going to be the most effective to treat your concerns. For those who wish to reverse the effects of aging on the skin by both smoothing the texture as well as reducing hyperpigmentation or have lingering acne scars or stretch marks and be able to enjoy long-lasting results, CO2 laser resurfacing treatments may be exactly what you need.
CO2 laser resurfacing skin rejuvenation treatments are very effective at targeting both texture and pigmentation concerns. It is especially effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles located around the eyes, forehead, and mouth, as well as sun damage, acne scarring, stretch marks, and baggy or hooded eyes. It can also completely get rid of warts and can even treat skin cancers. The CO2 laser treatment is great for addressing all concerns with aging skin by evening out the skin tone to erase age spots, and sagging. Additionally, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, CO2 laser resurfacing treatments stimulate collagen production within the treated skin, which continues to provide a youthful glow and texture to the skin long term.
It typically takes around 3 to 6 months before you will be able to experience the final results of a CO2 laser resurfacing treatment. However, you will likely start to notice visible changes in the skin several weeks following the treatment which will continue to improve until the final desired results are attained. This may seem like a longer timeline, but it takes a while for collagen production to continue ramping up to completely smooth out the texture and tones of the skin, and while there is an increase in collagen production, it also takes some time for the new layers of skin to regenerate. You will be fully healed from the treatment within the first week or two following the treatment, only experiencing mild redness or irritation during that time. Within the first month or two you will be able to start noticing your skin appearing brighter and healthier, and the fine lines and wrinkles gradually fading.
A good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing is someone who is of good overall health understands the realistic expectations and attainable results from the procedure, as well as can properly care for their skin following the procedure. This treatment is well suited for those who wish to diminish the appearance of fine lines or wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, or hyperpigmentation, or just wish to improve the overall tone and texture of their skin through a skin rejuvenation treatment. CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are not recommended for those with severe wrinkles, who have darker pigmentation in their skin, who have active acne or cold sores, and who are currently taking certain medications that may lead to an increased risk of damage to their skin.
Microneedling and CO2 laser resurfacing function similarly in how they stimulate collagen and elastin production in that they both cause micro-wounds to the lower layers of the skin, and healing from those wounds is what stimulates the production of those chemicals. However, microneedling causes those tiny wounds by actually puncturing the skin with very small but sharp needles, and CO2 laser resurfacing causes the wounds by heating the lower layers of the skin via the laser. Neither treatment is considered painful but seems to elicit the same amount of discomfort during the procedure. As well, one of the reasons you see some results in the early stages following a CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is that the procedure removes the top layer of skin which causes the skin to regenerate new skin cells. Microneedling does not damage or remove the top layer of skin, it only affects the lower levels of the dermis.
CO2 laser resurfacing treatments, which help to penetrate deeper into the skin, boosting skin rejuvenation for a softer, silkier, and smoother appearance are available at the Center for SmartLipo & Plastic Surgery. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Langhorne PA, Newtown PA, Philadelphia PA, Levittown PA, Bensalem PA, Yardley PA and surrounding areas.