Procedure | Surgical
CO2 Lasers (Ablative)
CO2 is generally an ablative type of laser treatment used for various skin issues such as scars, warts, wrinkles, enlarged oil glands, and other conditions. They work by traumatizing the skin through continuous light beams delivered in patterns. This removes the thin outer layer of skin (epidermis), and heats the underlying skin (dermis) with minimal heat damage stimulating the growth of new collagen fibers. As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated skin appears clearer, smoother, and tighter. Healing may take up to 2 weeks.
The most common areas to treat with the CO2 Laser are the face, neck, legs and hands for:
• Superficial scars caused by acne, surgery, or trauma.
• Color (pigment) changes or defects in the skin, such as liver spots (lentigines), port-wine stains, or café-au-lait spots.
• Lesions or growths in the upper layer of skin (such as actinic keratoses, rhinophyma, or birthmarks).
• Unwanted hair.