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What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing and How Can it Benefit My Skin?

CO2 laser resurfacing in San DiegoYou eat well. You exercise regularly, and that bounce in your step expresses your youthful nature. So why does the mirror not reflect the same?

Because even when you eat the right foods and keep your blood circulating, your skin is still exposed to the things that age it: toxins, sun, dry air, gravity, and time. This means that in the mirror, you’re faced with age spots, sun damage, wrinkles, scarring, discoloration, and other unfortunate blemishes that make you look older than you feel.

Well, what if we told you we could help you turn back the clock as many as ten years in just one hour?

Prepare to squeal in delight because CO2 laser resurfacing will do exactly that.

How CO2 laser resurfacing works

During your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, Dr. Shumway will use high-powered beams of light to remove the outer, damaged layer of skin tissue and reveal the new, smoother skin beneath. This helps address issues of discoloration, scarring, and damage. The laser process also stimulates collagen within your skin, which fills in fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, your new skin cells come back firmer and smoother and in the end, you receive the youthful, healthy skin that more accurately fits the way you feel!

Recommended for treatment of:

Sun damaged skin

Irregular pigmentation

Fine lines and wrinkles

Aging skin

Irregular texture

Dull skin tone

Acne scars

Not recommended for:

People with darker skin (could cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones)

Pregnant women

Anyone treated with isostretinoin (Accutane) within 6 months

Advantages of CO2 laser resurfacing over other procedures

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery in La Jolla, a lot of people ask us why they’d want to choose CO2 laser resurfacing over other methods that address similar skin concerns.

That’s a really great question.

Yes, chemical peels and dermabrasion both exfoliate the skin, but neither addresses the same range of concerns or with the level of precision and control that the laser treatment does. And neither method has anywhere near the same impact in just one visit.

Not only can CO2 laser resurfacing treatment safely give you maximum results in a single visit, but it also has the added benefit of allowing the doctor to see the effects of the treatment as it is performed. This means, your results are incredibly precise.  

No, it’s not the only treatment out there, but it’s certainly among the best of the best.

What to expect

Prior to treatment

Before your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, Dr. Shumway will listen to your concerns, evaluate your skin, and discuss your treatment with you. He will also use this time to answer your questions and provide you with pre-treatment instructions. 

During the procedure

Dr. Shumway will make you comfortable with IV sedation. Then, strategically and precisely, he will use the CO2 laser to remove the top layer of skin so as to ablate the damaged skin and tighten the underlying collagen bundles. Total procedure time takes approximately 60-90 minutes. 

After the procedure

Dr. Shumway will place a clear, thin “Silon” mask and apply an ointment to keep your skin moist. You will need to wear the mask for a day or two following your procedure and reapply the ointment as prescribed by Dr. Shumway.

You can expect your skin to be pink and tender for several days and should plan to limit work and activities for 10-14 days. Meticulous care of your skin during this recovery period is essential. Daily follow-up visits with Dr. Shumway and his staff are needed for cleaning and misting of the ‘new’ skin. 

Remember: No other treatment will give you the same results in a single session.

Before you go home, Dr. Shumway will schedule follow-up appointments and provide you with instructions to aid in your healing and recovery as well as a skincare regimen for optimal results.

Although the stimulation of new collagen will begin immediately, the change you see will be gradual. It may be a few months before you see the full impact of your treatment.  

But when you do see it, and when your reflection in the mirror matches the bounce in your step…watch out World! 

Ready to take off ten years in a single hour?

Give us a call and schedule your consultation.

We can’t wait to see you light up when you catch sight of yourself in the mirror!