What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

For over 25 years CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) lasers have been used in the industry of cosmetology as a treatment for various skin conditions. Issues such as wrinkles, various types of scars, uneven pigmentation, and enlarged pores can all be treated with this laser. When a beam of CO2 light collides with the epidermis, it heats up and destroys the targeted skin tissue, removing the top layers of the skin and all of its imperfections (such as scars and wrinkles). This process stimulates new collagen growth, leading to new skin remodeling and a turnover of dead skin cells.

How does the CO2 laser work?

CO2 is a sophisticated fractional CO2 system that enables practitioners to target multiple layers of the skin, including the surface, middle, and deep dermal levels. It can also carry out traditional CO2 resurfacing and excise lesions from the skin. This device allows the specialist to have a greater level of control over the device so that they can carry out more precise procedures. 

Procedures can be tailored to address the following conditions:

  • Sun damage
  • Skin aging
  • Rhinophyma
  • Burn scars
  • Acne scarring
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity
  • Under Eye creases
  • Crepey skin
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What are the benefits of the CO2 laser?

A major boost in self-esteem

While patients rave about the physical results of CO2 laser treatments, the psychological and emotional effects are just as noteworthy. Patients who undergo these treatments experience higher self-esteem, more self-confidence, and more comfort when going out with no makeup on.

A younger aesthetic

Laser skin resurfacing is known for eliminating or reducing signs of aging that may be unresponsive to other treatments. After undergoing a CO2 laser session, patients find that their skin contracts and lifts, giving them a smoother and tighter look. Moreover, the treatment doesn’t involve any chemicals that could trigger a breakout or any other skin issue.

Only one treatment

Instead of having to come in for multiple treatments over a series of months, patients only need to come in for one CO2 laser appointment to reach their cosmetic goals. The CO2 laser is highly revered for its ability to accomplish in one hour what other treatments take multiple appointments to achieve.

A safe treatment for most patients 

The treatment is considered to be safe and effective for patients of various ages. This includes older patients who are looking to mitigate signs of aging in the face and younger ones who are looking to reduce issues such as acne scarring. This tried and true technology delivers on its promise in a totally safe and effective way.

No anesthesia is required 

As a minimally invasive procedure, there is minimal discomfort and pain. The sensation of the beam is light, making it easy for patients to get through the procedure and go about their day.

Who is a candidate for CO2 laser treatments?

Candidacy for CO2 laser treatments is primarily dictated by the patient’s skin tone. 

This is simply due to the fact that laser resurfacing treatments rely on the contrast between the patient’s natural skin color and the troubling issue. Patients with darker skin tones may not have enough contrast for the laser device to lock on to the trouble areas properly.

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Patients with darker skin tones who undergo these treatments are prone to developing issues such as scarring, blisters, and loss of skin pigment. While laser treatments are designed to only damage areas of the skin that are of concern, patients with darker skin tones may find that even the healthy areas of their skin end up damaged.

What are the risks of CO2 laser treatments?

Erythema (skin redness)

It is normal for patients to notice increased redness in the treatment area. This is a sign of increased blood flow and improved collagen production which gradually fades over the course of a few days. 


Some patients notice swelling in the treatment area, but this dissipates by the 24-hour mark.

Why choose Alinea Med Spa?

The team at Alinea Med Spa is dedicated to achieving outstanding results. Under the guidance of expert clinician Dr. Ammar Mahmoud, Alinea Med Spa has performed thousands of surgical and non-invasive procedures, allowing patients to achieve their aesthetic goals. Beyond our commitment to excellence, our practice is highly revered for the empathy we show our patients. Doctors Mahmoud, Kanaan, and Yung work tirelessly to make sure that every patient feels comfortable throughout the treatment process. 

Reach out to us today to set up a private consultation and learn more about what the CO2 laser can do for you.

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