CO2 Laser Resurfacing
CO2RE is a versatile fractional laser system that allows us to precisely target and effectively treat the skin’s surface, middle and deep dermal layers in addition to performing traditional CO2 resurfacing.
The treatment is lighter, faster and offers more versatility for skin resurfacing when compared to traditional ablation. CO2RE has the ability to treat both superficial and deep layers of skin simultaneously while providing maximum precision and control when it comes to the intensity of treatment, pattern and depth of ablation.
With CO2RE laser skin resurfacing treatment, patients experience improvement in:
- Skin tone and texture
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Facial scars
Per its namesake, fractional lasers only treat a fraction of the skin at a time with laser beams but treatment is aggressive. Essentially, the laser drills millions of tiny holes in the skin – vaporizing what it comes in contact with and creating columns into the skin. The minute damage or “wounds” created by the laser force the body to heal with new and healthy skin, after eradicating any previous pigmented or lax skin. The depth of laser penetration determines what is being treated.
You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied prior to the procedure typically makes any discomfort tolerable. For more aggressive, higher power treatments, Dr. Welch may recommend oral pain relievers and/or sedatives during the treatment session. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.
Generally, you will achieve significant improvement after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment, your skin will gradually look softer and smoother. Age spots and uneven skin texture will start to show immediate improvement.
The durability of CO2RE results approaches that of surgical procedures. However, there are a number of variables that will determine how long you can expect the results to last, including your health, age and how well you care for your skin. Dr. Welch and our medical aestheticians will provide you with a skin care regimen to make your results last as long as possible.
Cost is determined by the area being treated, the condition being treated and the aggressiveness of the treatments themselves. After a thorough consultation, Dr. Welch and our medical aestheticians will create a treatment plan to meet your personal needs.