Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment FAQs

General FAQs
  • Q1 :

    What is the CO2 laser?

  • A laser is essentially a machine which takes electrical and electromagnetic energy and converts it to a beam of energy. Lasers are defined usually by the type of material or materials which are used to generate its energy. In medicine, and in particular, ophthalmology, several different types of lasers are used, each for a specific application.
  • Q2 :

    Who is a candidate for the laser?

  • Almost anyone is a proper candidate for the CO2 laser.  Lighter-skinned and very dark-toned patients tend to heal the fastest.  Those with olive skin will usually have the redness last longer. Medical conditions such as keloid formation or other autoimmune disease must be approached with extreme caution.
  • Q3 :

    What should I expect before, during, and after the laser resurfacing procedure?

  • After your initial consultation with the physician, you will be given several papers with which to familiarize yourself. These include consent forms, and pre- and post-operative expectation forms. If you then decide to schedule a laser procedure, you will need to come in to the office to finalize your pre-operative preparations. At this time, you will also consult with our esthetician and receive several necessary prescriptions.

    A few days after the procedure, and while the skin is rebuilding from the bottom up, some weeping will occur as new collagen is formed by the dermal layer. Minimal to moderate postoperative swelling will occur. Dressings or ointments are used to cover the treated areas and speed the healing process. As the skin heals, the fresh new skin will have a pink quality which will fade over a period of several months. This is easily camouflaged by makeup which can usually be applied in 6-10 days, depending upon your skin’s response to treatment. All laser resurfacing procedures are performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.