The Benefits of CO2 Laser: a Powerful Skin Resurfacing Treatment with Less Downtime Than Traditional Skin Resurfacing

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What is the CO2 Laser?

You may be wondering what CO2 Laser Treatment is, so let’s dive right in! We will start off by saying this carbon dioxide laser is known as the gold standard in skin resurfacing. That’s right, CO2 Laser is a fractional laser therapy for skin resurfacing. It works by treating your skin with a matrix of laser pulses. These laser pulses vary in intensity, depending on your skin type and desired treatment results. We love CO2 laser treatment because the treatment is fast, more comfortable than traditional resurfacing and requires less downtime. We know our clients love treatments that require less downtime, because it enables them to get back to their daily routines much quicker.

Now that you know what the CO2 Laser is, let’s talk about what it does and some of the benefits of this treatment. CO2 Laser Treatment has been proven effective in enhancing skin tone and skin texture. This treatment also helps in eliminating the effects of the sun and aging on the skin. Clients love this treatment because it also helps with smoothing out lines, wrinkles, and scars such as acne scars. Are you suffering from any of these skin issues? If so, you may want to ask us about CO2!

It’s important to note that treatments can and will vary based on the extent of skin resurfacing you’re looking for.

Where Can I See Real Before and After Photos?

Everyone loves to see before and after photos of results! We have placed some before and after photos on our website, plus more information about the CO2 laser treatment. View them here.

How Does CO2 Laser Work?

CO2 laser treatment is the most effective laser for collagen stimulation, skin tightening, and helping to reverse years of sun damage. You’re probably wondering how it works. The laser traumatizes the skin and removes the outer layer, known as the epidermis. Next, it heats the underlying skin, known as the dermis. Doing this stimulates growth of new collagen fibers! When the epidermis begins to heal and regrow, the treated skin will appear tighter, clearer and smoother. Yay!

Does it Hurt?

Since this treatment removes the outer layer of skin and heats up the under layer, it’s more invasive than other treatments we have discussed in previous blog posts. We get asked all of the time, “is it painful?” Well, it really depends on the client. We do everything possible at Back to 30 to ensure you are as comfortable as can be. We will say that you can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but we do apply an anesthetic prior to the procedure. We find this typically helps make any discomfort tolerable

When it comes to aftercare, it’s important that you follow the instructions we will give you after treatment. When you come in for treatment, we will go over what to expect before, during and after treatment in clear detail.

After treatment, you can expect a sensation that is similar to a sunburn. This sensation will most likely last for several hours. You will also begin to see dead skin from the treatment area start to peel. No worries, this is a natural exfoliation process and it will probably last for 7-10 days. You will want to plan accordingly for this downtime.

How Do I Know If I’m a Candidate for CO2?

If you want help with certain skin problems such as age spots, fine lines, sun damage, wrinkles, discoloration, acne scars, or rough texture then you will find this laser treatment helpful. This treatment is ideal for anyone that wants younger looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional skin resurfacing procedures.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

This is a question we get asked a lot. The nice thing about this treatment is that generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. That’s right, after just one treatment your skin will gradually look softer, smoother and with less unwanted pigment. As time goes on after treatment, the fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage and uneven texture will begin to show improvement.

How Long Do Results Last?

Your skin could take up to 3 weeks to heal from treatment. After your skin heals, you will notice that your skin is appearing to be slightly pink. During this time, you will see more improvements of skin texture and tone. However, full results can be seen 3-6 months after the initial treatment. This happens once the skin has completely healed.
The great thing about this laser is that improvements from a CO2 laser treatment can be seen for many years after treatment! Results can last longer with committed use of sunscreens, low sun exposure and having an at-home skincare maintenance routine. Don’t have a routine? We can help you with that!

I Think I’m Interested in Trying CO2 Laser, How Can I Get Started?

Ready to get started? Fantastic! We are so excited to meet you and help you on your skincare journey.

If you have unwanted acne scars, age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines or even smoker’s lines… definitely give us a call or reach out via our website! We will have you come in for a complimentary consultation where we will assess your skin and discuss your goals. From there, we will be able to tell you if we think CO2 laser treatment is right for you. We will go over all of your questions, discuss pricing and what you can expect before, during and even after treatment. Remember, after just one treatment with this laser, you can feel confident knowing that your skin will appear healthier, more rejuvenated and even smoother!

At Back to 30, it’s no secret that we have intensive training with years of experience. We also pride ourselves in the fact that we work with some of the most innovative technology there is to offer. Our med spa is designed to provide clients with great outcomes that require minimal time in our office. We have many positive reviews online, and prestigious recognitions in the skin care industry. Give us a call or send us a note so we can get you booked for your complimentary skincare consultation. We cannot wait to meet you and discuss your specific skincare goals, and begin getting you where you want to be. For your convenience, we have 5 locations so you can pick one that is close to where you live or work! Our 5 Upstate South Carolina offices are located in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Simpsonville, and Boiling Springs.

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