CO2 laser resurfacing is a lesser known form of facial plastic surgery that helps improve skin quality. It can help reduce and treat sun damage, fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. While most forms of laser treatments are non-surgical, CO2 laser resurfacing is usually performed under some form of surgical anesthesia. Let’s look at a frequently asked question, “What does your skin look like after CO2 laser skin resurfacing?”
Immediately following CO2 laser resurfacing, it is likely that your skin will be bandaged. The skin is usually fairly red and raw. Since it is common to combine CO2 laser with other procedures such as facelifts and brow lifts, patients have often been prescribed pain medication and are already given post-operative instructions conducive to treating the skin following CO2 laser resurfacing.
Over the course of about a week, patients will see their skin gradually begin to heal and scab over. Usually, within two weeks, the skin has completely or is close to healed. Though, patients can experience side effects such as skin tenderness, increased skin sensitivity, skin tightness, crusting, peeling, and scabbing.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.