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laser skin resurfacing

Are you searching for a way to diminish the signs of aging or even out your skin tone? Laser skin resurfacing may be right for you. This safe, effective skincare procedure uses ablative lasers to remove the outer layer of your skin, improving skin texture and appearance. Not only does the CO2 laser remove dead skin cells to keep your body soft and silky, but this technology also stimulates the production of collagen so you can enjoy a youthful, radiant glow.

At Bella Medspa, we offer CO2 laser resurfacing so our clients can enjoy smoother, more radiant, and younger-looking skin.

Benefits of CO2 Laser

CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation procedures available. This procedure allows you to reverse the effects of aging without plastic surgery, fillers, or Botox—instead, laser technology provides skin-boosting benefits without the need for an inpatient cosmetic procedure.

CO2 laser treatment benefits include:

  • Minimized sun damage, fine lines, and acne scars
  • Stimulated collagen production for smoother, younger-looking skin
  • Improved skin texture and evens out skin tone
  • Minimal downtime and fast recovery time

Additionally, CO2 laser treatment can be used in combination with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift or a necklift, to achieve the best results.

Is Laser Resurfacing Right for You?

Good candidates for laser resurfacing include people with skin conditions that do not respond to over-the-counter treatments. This cosmetic procedure can be used to treat many age, sun, or acne-related skin concerns, such as:

  • Age spots
  • Crow's feet
  • Enlarged oil glands
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Scars, including acne scars
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Warts

However, laser skin resurfacing may not be right for you if you have active acne breakouts or excessive sagging skin. If you are taking or recently took isotretinoin, speak to your dermatologist first. Research suggests that you should wait a few months—usually 6 to 12 months—since completing isotretinoin to begin laser treatment. Speak to a dermatology professional at Bella Medspa to discuss your medical history and whether this procedure is right for your skin condition.

It's a common misconception that people with darker skin are not good candidates for laser skin resurfacing. While people with lighter skin tones have a reduced risk of hypopigmentation, laser treatment is safe for all skin tones. Darker skin simply requires a more gentle approach. To avoid unwanted side effects, our staff will perform a spot test to ensure that the resurfacing laser settings are compatible with your skin type.

Laser Skin Resurfacing Before and After

With CO2 laser resurfacing, you can reverse the effects of aging, hyperpigmentation, and other unwanted skin conditions without cosmetic surgery or invasive procedures. Instead, clients leave the procedure with healthier skin than ever before—enjoying a radiant, youthful glow. Whether you want to minimize your crow's feet or remove an unsightly wart, laser skin resurfacing can produce the results you need.

See for yourself how laser skin resurfacing has transformed our patients' skin for the better.

The Resurfacing Procedure

The resurfacing procedure is simple, safe, and completely outpatient. You do not need to spend the night in a hospital or clinic after receiving your treatment. Prior to your first session, avoid tanning or heavy sun exposure for at least 4 weeks. You should also avoid exfoliating facial procedures for at least 4 weeks—this includes chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Before you decide to invest in CO2 laser resurfacing, you will meet with a Bella Medspa esthetician who will explain the procedure and your individual treatment plan. Once you create a plan, you're ready to schedule your first session!

Here's what to expect during laser skin resurfacing:

  • In the weeks leading up to the procedure, the Bella Medspa dermatology staff will prepare your skin. This preparation increases your skin's tolerance to the procedure, reducing the risk of unwanted side effects.
  • When you attend your first laser treatment, your Bella Medspa dermatologist will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. If the treated areas are very large, your doctor may suggest sedation to ensure your comfort.
  • Next, your doctor will cleanse your skin to remove excess dirt and oil.
  • They will then use the CO2 laser to move slowly around the treatment area, targeting unwanted skin issues.
  • Finally, your Bella Medspa dermatologist will dress the treatment area to keep your sensitive new skin safe. You can leave immediately after the procedure.

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Aftercare Tips for CO2 Laser Therapy

The healing process after skin resurfacing usually lasts between 3 and 10 days. However, the bigger the treatment area and the deeper the laser, the longer your recovery time will be. Your skin may feel red, swollen, and raw after the procedure.

Laser skin resurfacing increases your skin's sensitivity, so it is very important to be careful and protect yourself in the weeks following your procedure. Your Bella Medspa dermatologist will provide specific instructions you should follow. General aftercare tips include:

  • Adjust your skincare routine. Clean your treated area 2 to 5 times per day for best results. Your doctor will recommend a saline or vinegar-based cleanser. You may also use a moisturizer, but ask your Bella Medspa doctor before you start using one.
  • Avoid sunscreens, cosmetics, or other products that could irritate your face for the first two weeks after the procedure. You should especially avoid any exfoliating treatments, such as chemical peels.
  • Recently resurfaced skin is more sensitive to sun damage. To avoid sun exposure, it is recommended to receive laser skin resurfacing during the fall or winter. Once your skin heals, always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever you go outside to avoid sunburn.

How to Prepare for CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Like all cosmetic procedures, proper preparation is very important for laser resurfacing. When you schedule a consultation with a Bella Medspa esthetician, they will provide specific recommendations based on your skin type. In general, the following tips can keep your skin protected and increase the procedure's effectiveness.

  • Avoid tanning or prolonged sun exposure for at least 4 weeks before your treatment. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily during this time period, even if it's cloudy outside.
  • Also in the 4 weeks before your skin resurfacing, avoid chemical peels and other deep facial treatments. This includes dermabrasion and other laser resurfacing treatments.
  • If you take medicines that increase photosensitivity, such as doxycycline, do not use these medications for at least 72 hours before your procedure.
  • If you have a history of herpes or shingles in the area you want to be resurfaced, tell your esthetician as soon as possible. This includes both oral cold sores and genital herpes. Begin your antiviral medication according to your doctor's instructions. Usually, you will take your medication 2 days before treatment and continue taking it for 3 days after treatment.

Fraxel Laser vs CO2 Laser Therapy

There are two types of laser skin resurfacing technology: ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers. Ablative lasers remove the outside layers of the skin, revealing fresh new skin underneath. Non-ablative lasers do not remove any skin, instead using pulsed light, pulsed-dye, or fractional lasers to treat conditions such as spider veins, rosacea, and acne-related medical conditions. A Fraxel laser is a type of non-ablative technology, and is best suited for textured acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and wrinkles.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a type of ablative laser, which helps remove acne scars, warts, and deep wrinkles. Your procedure may involve an Erbium laser, which helps removes finer lines and wrinkles. A fractional CO2 laser provides the benefits of ablative laser technology while reducing unwanted discoloration in the treatment areas. Contact Bella Medspa to discuss our laser skin resurfacing options and learn which procedure is right for you.

Fractionated Ablative Laser Treatment Cost

At Bella Medspa, fractional ablative laser treatment costs anywhere between $199 to $599 per treatment. Depending on your skin conditions and type, you may need multiple treatments to achieve your desired results. We offer a pay-as-you-go price for ultimate flexibility, helping you avoid large upfront payments or long-term payment plans.

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Fractional Laser Resurfacing can correct undesirable skin imperfections on your face and body. It’s now easier than ever to improve the way your skin looks and feels, without surgery or lengthy recovery time.

It’s the skin resurfacing solution that can give you youthful, touchable and beautiful skin from head to toe.

Beautify your Skin with fast and easy laser skin resurfacing. Fractional laser skin resurfacing reveals your beautiful skin from within.

Laser Facial Treatements Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for laser skin resurfacing?

Laser Skin resurfacing works on many skin types, including very light and very dark sin. It can knock out wrinkles, improve the most challenging scars, and help correct a wide variety other skin imperfections.

How does it work?

Fractional laser skin resurfacing uses laser energy microbeams to create areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis. The body’s natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger skin.

How long does treatment take?

Most treatments last no more than an hour. Depending on the condition being treated, a single treatment or a series of treatments may be recommended for best results.

How quickly will I recover?

Usually you may resume your regular activities the same day following some treatments; more aggressive procedures may require several days of healing.

Does it hurt?

Most people feel minimal discomfort during and after the treatment. In some cases, we may recommend mild pain management options during the procedure and/or for a few days following the treatment.

What can I expect after treatment?

Depending upon the treatment option, you can expect to experience a temporary redness, warmth, and swelling at the treatment site, which typically lasts only a few days. In other cases, some post care wound management may be necessary for a few days following treatment. Potential side effects and you post treatment expectation based on the type of procedure you received will be discussed with you.