Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

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The Laser's Effect on Skin 

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser is a device that treats layers of damaged skin such as skin tags, sunspots or warts. The light is absorbed by water molecules and heats up the cells resulting in removal of targeted tissues.

The Laser's Procedure

Local anesthetic is mandatory due to uncomfortable heat. Skin abrasion is expected after the procedure which may last up to a week.

Risks

All procedures carry risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your dermatologist will discuss these risks with you during consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.

More details about your consultation and tips on coming to Bumrungrad in the Consultation section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and procedure will not be performed if you do not sign.

You can find hospital forms on our the Forms section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

It is your obligation to inform your doctor of key medical information that may influence the outcome of procedure or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of procedure and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Swelling, discomfort. Temporary lightening or darkening of treated skin. Acute sun sensitivity. Increased sensitivity to facial products. Mild redness in skin that may persist for up to several weeks. Scars depending on the depth of injury.

Please see our FAQ page for general Center risks and specific risks for this procedure.

Treatment

Time required: A few minutes to 1 hour of outpatient visit. May require more than 1 session depending on treated areas.

Anesthesia: Local, topical or injection

Recovery time:

Back to work: 2 weeks.
More strenuous activities: 4 to 6 weeks.
Fading of redness: about 3 months.
Return of pigmentation/sun exposure: 6 to 12 months.

Please note that this information should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your Physician at your consultation.

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