CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Dr. Seiler is Birmingham's board certified cosmetic laser surgeon. Patients trust him to treat their skin concerns safely and effectively. One of Dr. Seiler's favorite treatments is CO2 laser skin resurfacing because it delivers excellent, long-lasting results.

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

The CO2 laser has long been respected as the gold standard for laser skin resurfacing. Because the CO2 laser has the ability to ablate and remove small fractions of skin, it can provide safe and advanced results with only one treatment. Dr. Seiler uses the Lumenis Encore CO2 (Active FX, Deep FX, Total FX) for fractional and fully ablative CO2 laser resurfacing. With this state-of-the-art device, Dr. Seiler has the ability to adjust laser settings to tailor the strength of treatment to your desired results and availability of downtime. This CO2 laser stimulates collagen remodeling for long-term results, immediately tightens the skin by removing small fractions of skin and greatly reduces abnormal pigment and sun damage. Patients of all ages can benefit from different strengths of treatment for various concerns. 

What does it treat?

  • Aged Skin
  • Lines & Wrinkles, Skin Laxity 
  • Discoloration, Sun Damage, Dark Spots, Freckles
  • Acne Scars (read Dr. Seiler's blog on how he treats acne scars)
  • Incisional & Traumatic Scars
  • Stretch Marks
  • Skin Irregularities (moles, warts (watch a video of a finger wart removal), skin tags, etc.)

When will you see results and how long do results last?

CO2 laser produces three basic effects (pigment resolution, skin tightening, and collagen remodeling for long-term skin smoothening). You will see results in three stages: significant pigment reduction in the first month; pore reduction, smoothening and tightening of skin in the first three to six months; and major improvement in deeper lines, wrinkles, scars and tissue thickening that continues to improve for 12 -24 months. Although results will take a year or longer to peak, your skin looks better immediately and continues to improve. The results will last for years depending on how well you take care of your skin according to Dr. Seiler's long-term treatment regimen. 

What is the downtime of CO2 laser resurfacing?

Depending on the strength of treatment (tailored to the level of your concerns), cosmetic social downtime will include redness and some swelling for five to seven days (period of time before being able to wear makeup). You will see a lot of pigment shedding (sign of a good results) for about a week. Patients are generally not in pain or much discomfort after the hot sensation dissapates one to two hours after treatment.

Due to Dr. Seiler's experience and comfort with anesthesia (topical numbing, numbing injections, and oral medication if necessary) you will be very comfortable during and after treatment. You will have a very detailed and specialized pre and post care regimen which will ensure safe healing and great results. More aggressive treatments for conditions such as severe acne scarring may have a few extra days of social downtime but these treatments are very well tolerated as well. 

Why does Dr. Seiler use this CO2 laser versus other CO2 devices?

Dr. Seiler continually researches all available devices in each laser category.  The Lumenis Encore CO2 is the most advanced and proven laser in its class.  More technical details will be discussed upon request, but simply put, our CO2 laser is the most powerful and fastest firing CO2. Due to its power and speed, depth and strength of treatment can be achieved with the least amount of downtime compared to other CO2 lasers. A slower firing or less powerful CO2 laser needs more energy and more time to get deeper, therefore causing the patient more pain and longer downtime.

Not all CO2 lasers are the same just because they are CO2 lasers (this is the Rolls Royce vs. Toyota both cars but with obvious differences in quality). 

Read Dr. Seiler's articles:

-Fraxel or CO2: What's the difference? 

-Why Dr. Seiler loves Fraxel Dual post Co2

 

Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Seiler

 

Before & After Photos