Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is used to treat a variety of skin conditions. Carbon dioxide lasers very precisely remove tiny layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding structures.
The lasers have been in use for many years to treat non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) skin conditions. A new generation of carbon dioxide lasers uses very short-pulsed light energy (ultrapulsed) or continuous light beams that are delivered in a scanning pattern.
This ability to rejuvenate photo-damaged, wrinkled skin has been revolutionized by this new technology.
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is usually performed on an outpatient basis, using topical anaesthesia to numb the area.
>A laser resurfacing takes 20 to 25 minutes.
Following the laser resurfacing procedure, sunscreens and certain applications are advised. You may be instructed to clean the treated areas two to five times a day with saline or a dilute vinegar solution.
In general, the areas heal in 7 to 10 days, depending on the nature of the condition that was treated and the intensity of the laser settings. The stronger the settings, the longer the recovery time.
You should avoid sun exposure before laser treatment and liberally apply sunscreens pre- and post-procedure.
Daily sunscreen application is necessary after healing to protect the newly laser-resurfaced skin. A broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended, which screens both ultraviolet B and ultraviolet A rays. Use a sunscreen specifically formulated for use on the face with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30.
Liberal moisturizer application is also recommended after healing. You can resume prescription products approximately 2 weeks after the procedure, or as directed by the skin specialist .