One of the latest technologies to rid patients of wrinkles, age spots, hair transplants and other skin and hair problems is CO2 laser skin treatment. The CO2 laser has a wavelength of 10,600 nanometers and the procedure involves short pulses of intense laser light that only last a millisecond or less. When the laser touches the skin the energy is absorbed by the water in the skin cell. This causes the cell to be vaporized, instantly. The amount of energy in the laser is controlled by a computer and so is very accurate and precise.
The CO2 laser wasn’t created for cosmetic purposes, but to remove pre- cancerous lesions on the upper lip. The dermatologists soon realized that it not only eradicated the lesions, but got rid of wrinkles and sun spots.
What It Does
The laser resurfacing not only smooths out the wrinkles and gets rid of age spots, but it stimulates the growth of new collagen, a substance found in the middle layer of skin which keeps skin youthful and springy. The laser also causes the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis, or middle layer of skin, to contract. This also makes the skin firm. The aptly named elastin is made out of tiny, pliant coils that let the skin snap back into place after it’s been stretched or pulled.
The best candidates for the procedure are people with skin made leathery, lined and wrinkled by too much time in the sun and people with age spots.
Because the laser is so precisely guided, there’s very little danger of burning during the procedure. There’s also no risk of bleeding, as there would be with dermabrasion or chemical peels. The patient also heals faster after CO2 laser skin treatment.
If the patient wants their entire face treated, they should expect the procedure to last about two hours. The healing time will also be longer, but the results of a full face procedure are quite dramatic. Women who had the full face procedure were more satisfied with the results than women who only had a small area of their face treated.
How Long Does It Last?
Dermatologists believe that a deep and thorough CO2 laser treatment can take away 20 years of wrinkles and uneven skin coloration and a medium treatment can take off about 10 years. More, the improvements bestowed by the treatment continue for up to one year. However, how long this improvement lasts will depend on the patient’s commitment to skin care and the protection they give their skin after they’ve healed.
Many patients claim that the laser peel doesn’t actually hurt, but they experience redness that lasts for a few weeks. The redness, too, is painless. Dermatologists recommend that their patients use gel dressings for the first day or so after the treatment, then apply warm water soaks and moisturizers to the skin to keep it from drying out.
Many satisfied customers who’ve used the CO2 laser skin treatment don’t hesitate to recommend it to their friends and colleagues.