An alternative to chemical peels, the CO2 laser treats your wrinkles, discoloration, sun damage, age spots, and acne scars. Instead of removing your skin layers with chemicals, the CO2 laser removes skin layers by vaporization. Your results will be similar to those of a chemical peel, but the CO2 laser allows you to skip the chemicals, if those just aren’t your thing.
You might be a good candidate for a CO2 laser treatment if you have:
A light to medium skin tone
CO2 laser can cause discoloration on darker skin tones. Clear, acne-free skin
fine lines and wrinkles
CO2 laser treatments may not be effective for deep wrinkles or excessive sagging.
the ability to avoid direct sun for several months
Two type of Types of Laser Treatment :
Ablative Lasers Vs. Non-Ablative Lasers:
Ablative lasers such as CO2 and Erbium are more invasive, but produce the best clinical results. They work by vaporizing the outer layers of the skin. This process causes the skin to heal and restructure, and increases collagen production.
Ablative lasers are great for treating visible signs of aging and the results generally last for 1 to 5 years. They can also be used to treat acne scarring, pigmentation irregularities and unwanted lesions.
It is important to note however, that ablative lasers present a longer recovery and a higher degree of risk than non-ablative lasers. Most patients require 1 to 2 weeks of recovery time. Some risks associated with ablative lasers include:
Redness or swelling
Skin color changes
Non-ablative lasers such as Cool Touch, Fraxel Restore and N-lite are far less invasive than ablative treatments. They work by heating up the targeted tissue, without actually destroying it. This process stimulates your body’s collagen production to fill in unwanted skin imperfections such as fine lines or wrinkles.
Because they do not resurface the skin as invasively as ablative lasers, multiple treatment sessions will be necessary to achieve modest clinical results. However, patients benefit from almost no downtime and the risk of undesirable side effects is greatly reduced. Some risks associated with non-ablative lasers include:
Skin color changes
Mild redness or swelling
Blisters or scars