Most commonly CO2 Lasers are used for laser resurfacing. Many conditions and areas can be treated safely with a fractional CO2 laser. Hence, full CO2 laser resurfacing is rare and reserved for small area treatments, due to the downtime associated with this. Instead, the fractional CO2 laser is the preferred treatment. As a skin laser CO2 remains the gold standard for body and facial laser resurfacing.
Laser Resurfacing Treatments?
- Sun damage on the face, neck and decolletage.
- Smoothing wrinkles and fine lines
- Wrinkles around the eye or mouth which are resistant to injections and fillers
- Most skin textural concerns are improved
- Reducing enlarged pores
- The gold standard for many types of acne scarring
- Surgical or burn scar revision.
- Reduces some types of pigmentation on face neck and decolletage.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Prices.
- laser acne scar treatment $1100 to $3300
- stretch marks from $1100
- scar revision from $550
- full face $3300
- neck $1200
- decolletage $1200
- hands $1200
- full face, neck & dec $4950
What is a CO2 Laser?
A CO2 Laser ( carbon dioxide laser) was one of the first gas lasers and remains the most useful. It produces a beam of infrared light. The laser beam is absorbed by water in your skin. The original CO2 skin laser was fully ablative. Meaning the laser skin resurfacing took of a full layer of skin. Also called a laser facelift because the CO2 laser removes damaged skin, stimulates new collagen production and provides a dramatic tightening & laser rejuvenation effect.
CO2 lasers are used for surgical purposes as well as cosmetic. Above all CO2 lasers remains an excellent choice for laser resurfacing. Because it not only removes damaged tissue but stops bleeding. The erbium laser does not have this advantage.
What Is A Fractional Laser?
A fractional laser treats part of the skin and not the full field. Since the first fractional laser the Fraxel was invented it has moved into mainstream use. Most laser treatments are now performed with a Fractional laser are most commonly used laser resurfacing, and vaginal rejuvenation. The advantage of a fractional laser is more rapid healing, less downtime, less risk of complications. Sometimes repeated treatments are required but generally when this is weighed up against downtime for the old laser skin rejuvenation is acceptable.
What is a Skin Laser?
There are many types of skin lasers. They are used principally in cosmetic medicine too for rejuvenation. Laser rejuvenation generally included IPL and radiofrequency treatments which are newer technologies that can perform some of the aesthetic improvement demonstrated by laser skin resurfacing.
A skin laser can perform one or two functions. Broadly they are broken into vascular lasers, pigmentation laser & resurfacing lasers.
Laser Skin Resurfacing with Erbium Laser
Another good choice for laser skin resurfacing is an Erbium laser, which has a wavelength of 2940 nm. Like the CO2 laser, it is primarily attracted to water in the dermis. The erbium laser does not penetrate as deep as a CO2 laser. Consequently, it does not lead to collagen contraction and tightening. It remains a useful tool for laser resurfacing.
The erbium laser removes very fine layers of the skin so it is useful for a range of conditions.
- wrinkle reduction
- acne scarring
- removal of benign skin lesions.