Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Laser

Does it seem that every time you look in the mirror, your lines and wrinkles look deeper and more pronounced? Did acne leave you with scars that are more noticeable than ever? Has your skin developed an uneven texture and lost its glow? While the right lotions and light treatments may help, it might be time for something stronger, like a Carbon Dioxide (CO2) laser treatment.

What Is A Carbon Dioxide (Co2) Laser?

Carbon dioxide lasers have been used for many years to treat both non-cancerous (benign) and cancerous (malignant) skin conditions. The newer generation of carbon dioxide lasers removes thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage to the surrounding area.

Today, CO2 laser treatments can successfully address wrinkles, photodamage, and scars, as well as other skin growths such as warts, birthmarks, enlarged oil glands on the nose, and more. Think of it like a magic eraser. The wrinkles, discolorations, and irregularities go away, and new skin appears. CO2 laser treatments help tighten the skin and give it a fresher and rejuvenated look.

How Are Laser Treatments Performed?

Each specific target area is identified by one of our experts at The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts. They can focus on fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, brown spots, hyperpigmentation, or your full face. Laser treatment is an outpatient procedure performed with a topical or local anesthetic (such as 1% lidocaine) and a mild sedative. 

The laser handpiece is then used to specifically target each area. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, the procedure may take 45 minutes (e.g. around your eyes, mouth, or forehead separately) or up to 1 ½ hours (full face).

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What Can I Expect?

Following CO2 laser treatment, aftercare is very important. You will need to clean the treated area two to five times a day with a saline solution and then keep it covered with an ointment such as Vaseline, Eucerin, or Aquaphor. This prevents the formation of scabs, which can extend the healing time and increase the chance of scarring.

Downtime following CO2 laser can be extensive, and it will take between 10 and 21 days for the treated area to heal. Redness can persist but can be covered by cosmetics. This is why many people choose to have CO2 laser as an add-on to other procedures like facelift and neck lift. Soon enough, you’ll see your new fresh skin and youthful glow!

Arranging A Consultation

The most important step in preparing for a CO2 Laser treatment is deciding on the right doctor to perform it. All the doctors at The Spiegel Center are board-certified, highly qualified, and experienced medical professionals who will be happy to tell you more about the benefits of laser treatments. Contact The Spiegel Center in Newton, Massachusetts, today to schedule your consultation.

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