Laser Skin Resurfacing | CO2 Laser Resurfacing at a Bella Medspa Near You

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laser skin resurfacing

Are you searching for a way to diminish signs of aging or to 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 texture and appearance. Not only does the CO2 laser remove dead skin cells to keep your skin soft and silky, but the 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 and younger-looking skin.

Benefits of CO2 Laser

CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the most popular skin rejuvenation procedures available on the market today. This procedure allows you to reverse the effects of aging without plastic surgery, fillers, or Botox. Instead, laser technology provides skin-enhancing 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 more consistent skin tone
  • Minimal downtime and brief recovery time

Additionally, CO2 laser treatment can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as a facelifts or a necklifts to achieve optimal results.

Is Laser Resurfacing Right for You?

Good candidates for laser resurfacing are often 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 before booking this treatment. Research suggests that you should wait a few months—usually six to 12—after taking 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 you and your skin.

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 cautious approach. To avoid unwanted side effects, our staff would 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 can 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 desire.

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

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 four weeks. You should also avoid exfoliating facial procedures for at least four weeks. That includes chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Before you decide to invest in CO2 laser resurfacing, you can meet with a Bella Medspa esthetician who can 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 session, 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 has concluded.

Laser Skin Treatments Can Be Used For:

Aftercare Tips for CO2 Laser Therapy

The healing process after skin resurfacing usually lasts three to 10 days. However, that time period can depend on the size of the treatment area and depth of the laser treatment. Regardless, your skin may feel red, swollen, and/or raw after the procedure.

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

  • Adjust your skincare routine. Clean your treated area two to five 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 do so.
  • Avoid sunscreens, cosmetics, and other products that could irritate your face for the first two weeks after the procedure. You should especially avoid any exfoliating treatments like chemical peels.
  • Recently resurfaced skin is more sensitive to sun damage. To avoid sun exposure, it’s recommended that you receive laser skin resurfacing during the fall or winter. Once your skin heals, always wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to avoid sunburn whenever you venture outdoors.

How to Prepare for CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Like all cosmetic procedures, proper preparation is very essential 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 safe and increase the procedure's effectiveness:

  • Avoid tanning or prolonged sun exposure for at least four weeks before your treatment. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily during this time period, even if it's cloudy outside.
  • Also, in the four weeks leading up to your skin resurfacing, avoid chemical peels and other deep facial treatments. That includes dermabrasion and other laser-resurfacing treatments.
  • If you take medicines that increase photosensitivity such as doxycycline, do not use them for at least 72 hours before your procedure.
  • If you have a history of herpes or shingles in the area you’re going to resurface, tell your esthetician as soon as possible. That includes both oral cold sores and genital herpes. Take your antiviral medication according to your doctor's instructions. Usually, you will take your medication two days before treatment and continue taking it for three days afterward.

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 that’s best suited for textured acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and wrinkles.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a type of ablative laser that 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 your treatment areas. Contact Bella Medspa to discuss our laser skin resurfacing options and determine 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 skin type, you may need multiple treatments to achieve your desired results. We offer a pay-as-you-go pricing plan for ultimate flexibility, helping you avoid large upfront payments or long-term payment plans.

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Laser Facial Treatments 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 ones. It can eliminate wrinkles, diminish seemingly permanent scars, and help correct a wide variety of other skin imperfections.

How does it work?

Fractional laser skin resurfacing uses laser microbeams to stimulate areas of affected tissue that extend through the epidermis. As a result, the body’s natural healing process restarts. Healthy tissue begins 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 required for optimal results.

How quickly will I recover?

Usually, you’ll be able to resume your regular activities the same day. More aggressive procedures may require several days before you can do so.

Does it hurt?

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

What can I expect after treatment?

Depending upon the treatment option you select, you can expect to experience temporary redness, warmth, and swelling at the treatment site for a few days. In other cases, some post-care wound management may be necessary for a few days following treatment. Potential side effects and your post-treatment expectations will depend on the type of procedure you receive.