The Magic of CO2 Laser Resurfacing

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WHAT IS CO2 SKIN RESURFACING?

CO2 Laser resurfacing is an ablative laser treatment used to improve wrinkles, acne scars, and sun-damaged skin. It has been a gold standard in skin rejuvenation for many years. Using a wand-like laser hand piece, damaged skin cells and wrinkles are replaced by fresh skin cells. One of the most significant advantages of this procedure over others is that it involves no cutting. The procedure also offers more control in the specific penetration of the skin's surface. This allows for an increased degree of precision and safety.



WHO IS QUALIFIED TO PERFORM LASER SURGERY?

Most dermasurgeons have extensive experience with laser surgery. The providers at ADAS, Associates in Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery, were some of the first in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach and Fleming Island to use lasers for skin renewal treatments. Since results are technique-sensitive and entail an artistic component, it's important to select a cosmetic or plastic surgeon with demonstrated laser expertise.




CO2 LASER RESURFACING IS UTILIZED BY DERMATOLOGISTS AND PLASTIC SURGEONS TO:

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

CO2 Laser Resurfacing takes about an hour to perform in our ambulatory surgery center, Ponte Vedra Surgery Center. One treatment is all that is usually needed.

WHAT ABOUT THE PREOP CARE?

It is necessary to obtain a preop history and physical and medical clearance for the procedure. This is because IV or general anesthesia is usually required. We also recommend that Botox Cosmetic be performed at least 2 weeks prior to the treatment to relax the muscles of facial expression. All retinoic acid products should be discontinued for one week prior to the procedure. We also place our patients on antibiotic and antiviral medications to minimize the risk of secondary infections. Finally, we ask our patients to have someone drive them to and from the office and stay with them for the first 24 hours after surgery.

WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT?

Discomfort is usually minor during the procedure, and we usually perform this procedure under IV sedation. Following skin resurfacing, the treated areas usually are kept moist with a post laser skin care system for the first few days. The skin is typically red or pink and may be covered with a fine crust. The treated sites must be protected from sunlight after the procedure. Once healing is completed, protective sunblocks should be applied. In some cases, a pink surface color may remain for several days to several months. Make-up, such as Jane Iredale™, can be worn after about 7-14 days.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE POTENTIAL RISKS FOR CO2 LASER RESURFACING?

Significant complications are rare, and the risk of scarring is low. Some patients may be at risk for varying degrees of pigmentation loss, particularly with the CO2 laser. This can be treated with the Fraxel (re:store) ™ laser. Other common side effects include crusting, mild swelling, pain, redness or brown discoloration at the treatment sites. These are usually minimized by surgical techniques and pre- and post-operative CO2 laser resurfacing regimens.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE THE RESULTS?

We advise our Jacksonville, Fleming Island and Ponte Vedra Beach patients that it can take up to 1 to 4 weeks to see beneficial results.

WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF CO2 LASER RESURFACING?

Laser resurfacing is not a substitute for a facelift, nor can the procedure eliminate excessive skin or jowls. However, by tightening loose skin, laser resurfacing can improve certain folds and creases. Laser resurfacing offers an alternative to traditional resurfacing methods like dermabrasion, and can also work well in conjunction with or as an additional treatment to other cosmetic skin procedures such as chemical peels, laser eyelid surgery, liposuction of the face and neck, Botox Cosmetic™, and filler treatments.

HOW CAN I SCHEDULE A CO2 LASER RESURFACING CONSULTATION OR TREATMENT?

Feel free to contact our office at 904-285-SKIN (7546) or click here. We look forward to meeting you at your initial consultation visit. Thanks for allowing us to educate you about the benefits of CO2 Laser Resurfacing. See you soon.



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