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CO2 laser resurfacing is an increasingly popular procedure that can help reduce the signs of aging, improve skin texture, and even remove tattoos and other skin conditions. It is a non-invasive, safer-than surgery procedure that can provide long-lasting results.

What Are The Benefits of CO2 Laser

Let’s check the benefits of CO2 laser for skin treatment.

  • Higher precision
  • Tissue selectivity
  • Lower costs
  • Versatility
  • Least invasive
  • Short downtime

How Does The Procedure Work?

The laser beam penetrates the superficial layers of skin, reaching the dermis. As a result, they create tiny microscopic areas of thermal damage, stimulating cell turnover and inducing new collagen production. Therefore, they help replace damaged skin with new cells. The carbon dioxide laser is a versatile laser used to treat various cutaneous lesions. It is unique since it can be used for resurfacing as well as excisional and incisional procedures. The procedure where we can use CO2 laser are:

  • Resurfacing of fine lines, wrinkles, and enlarged oil glands on the nose.
  • Raised birthmarks
  • Moles
  • Acne scars
  • Skin aging
  • Keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Warts
  • Rhinophyma
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Burn scars

How Is The Procedure Performed?

Know how the procedure is done step by step of a CO2 laser.

  • Cleaning the area of treatment.
  • Applying a local anesthetic to it.
  • Then putting the eyeshield to protect the eyes of patients.
  • Treating each skin lesion individually with the laser.
  • The procedure takes about 15-30 minutes.
  • Lastly, sunscreen on the area or antibiotic cream depending on the lesion.

The treatment is simple like other skin treatments. Before undergoing the treatment its important for you to know how the process is done.

Contraindications

CO2 laser has contraindications such as:

  • The tendency of keloids or hypertrophic scars formation after a wound.
  • Pregnancy
  • Prior ionizing radiation to the treatment area.
  • Allergic reactions to certain chemicals or sun allergy.
  • Active bacterial or viral infection at the treatment site.
  • Connective tissue diseases.
  • Lastly, HIV or hepatitis C infections.

Pre and Post-Procedure Care

Care is really important, do take care of the skin.

  • Patients may take antibiotics and antiviral medications before as well as after the procedure.
  • Moreover, the treated area should be clean.
  • Dermatologists prescribe an ointment to improve skin healing faster.
  • cooling the area with cooling fans helps to reduce itching or stinging.
  • Also, strict sun protection is very important before and after the laser for 5-7 days. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every 3 hours and preferably 20 min before going out in sun .even need to use it at home as well.

Side Effects

The side effects depend on the skin condition, skin type, and sensitivity as well as the immune response of the patient. However, one can minimize them with pre and post-procedure care routines.

The side effects of CO2 laser as such are:

  • Persistent redness for 7-10 days
  • Hypopigmentation on treated areas
  • Hyperpigmentation

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