Do you struggle with aging signs like wrinkles and sun damage? Now, there’s a solution, and it’s available here at SF Bay Area Plastic Surgery. Our CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments use laser light to treat superficial skin concerns while penetrating deep into your skin’s lower layer. This effect stimulates collagen production, giving you beautiful long-term results.
Each treatment here at SF Bay Area Plastic Surgery is conducted with care and precision. Get in touch today for a skin evaluation and more information on how CO2 laser skin resurfacing can help you feel beautiful.
What CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treats
Carbon dioxide or CO2 laser skin resurfacing has been around since the 1980s. This proven aesthetic treatment boasts a history of anti-aging success. This treatment can address a range of skin concerns, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Discoloration (including sun damage and age spots)
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Uneven skin texture
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is non-invasive but can also be used to address complex conditions. Benign skin growths like warts and birthmarks, as well as certain skin cancers, can be treated with this system. CO2 can also treat rhinophyma, which is a condition that increases the thickness of the skin on the nose.
How CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Works
CO2 laser treatments rely on laser light technology to treat skin issues. During a treatment session, electricity runs through a gas-filled tube to produce a specific wavelength of light. The light is emitted from the laser device in short, concentrated beams. These beams target water molecules and vaporize damaged skin cells. The laser removes surface cells of the epidermis, making way for fresh, clear new skin.
What You Can Expect
A typical session takes 30 minutes to two hours, depending on your specific needs. We perform this treatment in our operating room under general anesthesia.
The session will involve moving the handheld laser device across the treatment area as it emits its powerful light beam. The beam is square, allowing us to treat your skin section by section. You will not feel any pain or discomfort during this procedure thanks to the anesthetic. Once the session is complete, we will cover your skin with thick ointment and dressings.
Some social downtime may be needed after your treatment. This can take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on the extent of your procedure. As your skin recovers, you may notice swelling and crusting. Your skin may also be raw, which can feel itchy and painful. Some pinpoint bleeding may also be experienced right after your session.
Results can be seen once your skin is fully healed. In some cases, it may take several weeks or months. Results can last for several years so long as you take care of your skin by establishing a skincare routine and applying high-SPF sunscreen.
Request your consultation
We invite you to schedule your CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment with SF Bay Area Plastic Surgery today; we’d love to be a part of your journey to a more youthful you. To learn more about this treatment, please call us today at 650.964.2200 or complete the form on our website to request a consultation in Mountain View, California.