Laser resurfacing is the latest laser surgery procedure that is performed for facial rejuvenation scar (acne scar and surgical scars). It is the best method to improvise the complexion and skin tone. Your doctor understands the specific techniques, all the risks, and possible outcomes of the results, which can be helpful to perform the laser surgery more efficiently.
CO2 or carbon dioxide is a revolutionary technology that allows doctors to treat patients who have different types of scars and resurface the skin. The newest version of CO2 lasers (fractionated CO2) uses the very short pulsed light energy (known as Ultrapulse) or continuous light beams. This method is delivered with the safety of fractional laser therapy that can remove thin layers of skin without risking the heat damage to the surrounding tissue.
CO2 Laser Procedure
Depending on the initial VIDEO CONSULTATION, the surgeon will determine the appropriate procedure for the CO2 laser-facial rejuvenation scar.
For the patient’s comfort and minimal pain during the process of the treatment, general anesthesia is given, and in some cases, local anesthesia with intravenous sedation is also an option for extensive resurfacing for the whole face.
CO2 laser resurfacing is the outpatient procedure. An intense laser beam of light energy pinpoints is directed at your skin, leaving the healthy skin between the ablated areas. This laser beam destroys the outer layer of the skin (called the epidermis). Simultaneously, the laser heats the underlying skin (dermis), stimulating the production of collagen over time, result to give an aesthetic skin tone and texture. Usually, the procedure takes place between half an hour to two hours, based on the technique and the size of the skin area treated.
After Your Surgery
After the procedure of CO2 laser resurfacing is performed, your plastic surgeon will apply ointment to the treated skin and also employ specialized dressing to protect the treated area. You will notice mild swelling, redness, or even feeling itchy. You will be prescribed with a pain reliever and strictly follow the instructions by your surgeon.
Preparing for the CO2 Laser Facial Resurfacing
Before initiating any surgery and even with CO2 laser facial resurfacing, your doctor will discuss your medical history. The physical examination will be done to inspect the skin type and how the changes might progress. Always discuss your expectations with your doctor. Your surgeon will also discuss potential complications and risks.
Strictly follow the doctor’s instructions before the surgery, including prescribed medications. You may ask to discontinue certain medications as well.
Potential Risks and Complications
There are certain risks associated with CO2 laser resurfacing, which include swelling, redness, and itchy, changes in skin colour, and infection.
After the laser skin resurfacing procedure, your skin might stay red or pink for a few months. You may need to be extra careful about protecting your skin from sunlight for a year. Hence, make efforts to minimize sun exposure, and your treated area begins to heal. You will be more likely to witness changes in the skin texture.