Skin Resurfacing

Definition

There are lots of facial rejuvenation treatments on the market these days, but the gold standard for skin resurfacing remains the CO2 laser.

It's been giving great results for years, clocking in high levels of patient satisfaction. At Beautologie we use the UltraPulse® EncoreTM CO2 laser system, widely regarded as a top-of-the-line system for laser skin resurfacing.

The CO2 laser is truly a versatile treatment, addressing a wide variety of skin condtions such as acne scarring and deep facial wrinkling.

Which Issues Does It Treat?

The CO2 laser is most commonly used to treat mild to severe wrinkles, pigmentation changes (discoloration), acne scars, pucker lines and photo damage. While removing damage, it also stimulates the formation of new underlying collagen.

Over time, its collagen-stimulating properties will improve your skin's elasticity and help you retain fullness where you need it -- collagen is what supports the upper layers of the skin.

How Does Resurfacing Work?

A high-energy beam of CO2 light is sent through a handpiece that I will apply gently to the surface of your skin. The light vaporizes lines, wrinkles, scars, dark spots and other irregularities, layer by layer. As with all resurfacing techniques, the deeper the penetration, the more efficacious the procedure. (And the longer the recovery period.)

Depending on the severity of your skin problems, I will choose different settings, and use my judgment regarding the number of times to pass the handpiece over each area.

Results

Laser resurfacing restores your skin to a healthy state, similar to that of skin that has not experienced sun damage or scarring.

How Long has the Procedure Been Performed

Carbon dioxide lasers have been used in medicine for removing skin lesions since the late 1960's. The current era of laser skin resurfacing began in about 1994, and was made possible by the advent of the Ultrapulse CO2 laser. Laser skin resurfacing has rapidly achieved widespread use among cosmetic surgeons because of its ability to safely and predictably produce dramatic improvement of skin wrinkling.

Is It Right for My Skin Type?

People with darker skin pigment are done with caution. In some cases it is preferable to treat a test area with the laser before proceeding with the full treatment.

Am I a Candidate?

If you would like to learn more about laser skin resurfacing and to see how you could benefit from this procedure, please contact us to schedule a private, complimentary consultation.