CO2 laser resurfacing has become the go-to procedure for treating severe skin concerns like sun damage, wrinkles, and pigmentation issues. It often is combined with a facelift or other facial plastic surgery to provide the ultimate rejuvenation. Obviously, CO2 laser resurfacing uses a laser to address the skin, but how does it work? What is the science behind CO2 laser resurfacing?
A CO2 laser delivers pulses of light to the skin, which removes thin layers of skin tissue. With Dr. Santos’ precise technique, he targets the areas of most concern to you and where dead skin has built up. Underneath this skin is new, pink skin. This new skin has had less exposure to the environment and is generally smoother than surface skin. This is a great way to treat scarring.
After your treatment, the real science behind CO2 laser resurfacing begins. While your face will look red, your body will sense a larger injury to the skin. This stimulates collagen production which aids in making skin more supple and elastic. Collagen production can fill in scars or address other types of blemishes. Over the coming months, this increased collagen production will continue to treat your skin.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.