Most people have a few stubborn complexion issues standing between them and perfect skin. Uneven texture, signs of aging, and skin laxity are among some of the most common concerns. Thankfully, effective skin rejuvenation treatments like CO2RETM can dramatically improve almost any issue, putting great skin within reach.
At Miami Skin and Vein, we are passionate about helping people achieve the results they want without surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaun Patel today at 786-618-5039 to learn how fractional laser resurfacing can transform your appearance. We welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida.
How Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing Works
CO2 treatments are the gold standard when it comes to skin resurfacing. This technology has been around for decades, though it has evolved to be far more tolerable and safer than it once was. Typically, patients only need one treatment to see excellent results.
CO2RE is a fractional carbon dioxide laser resurfacing system. The device works by emitting CO2 energy in the form of tiny beams. This energy reaches your face, where it can effectively penetrate the deeper layers of your skin. The neck, chest and hands are also commonly treated.
When the light reaches the treatment area, it injures small areas of old, damaged skin. Then, your skin responds by creating new, vibrant cells. The heat of the treatment also helps to stimulate collagen production, an essential component of youthful skin.
Benefits of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing
Picture your top skin concerns peeling away to reveal healthy, clear skin below. That’s the goal of a CO2RE treatment. This innovative method of laser resurfacing offers many benefits to our patients.
- Are safe
- Can improve a wide range of skin issues
- Offer significant results from one session
- Provide long-lasting results
- Can be customized to the desired intensity
- Have a much lower risk of burns or hyperpigmentation than traditional CO2 devices
What CO2 Lasers Can Treat
Fractional CO2 lasers can treat almost any skin concern. Patients who suffer from skin damage and other aesthetic imperfections will likely benefit from this treatment.
The CO2RE fractional laser can improve the appearance of:
- Surgical and acne scars
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Rough or uneven skin texture
- Skin laxity
- Sun damage
- Enlarged pores
What makes the CO2RE different from other fractional CO2 lasers:
One of the key benefits of the CO2RE laser system is that the treatments are customizable based on each patient's needs and requirements with regards to results and downtime. There are four different treatment modes (light, medium, deep, and fusion) and each of these offers a different result and downtime. The different modes can be combined in a single treatment session on different parts of the face. The different treatments modes on the CO2RE laser system are as follows:
- Light mode - This option is often described as a "laser peel". It is a good option in younger patients and can serve as an "introduction" to CO2 laser treatment. It helps improve superficial tone and texture while keeping downtime to a minimum.
- Mid mode - This option provides a more aggressive treatment then the light mode. It improves skin tone and texture but since the laser energy penetrates deeper into the epidermis and superficial dermis, it also helps with wrinkles.
- Deep mode - This mode offers a deeper treatment and is used for acne scars, traumatic scars, and surgical scars. It also helps with deeper wrinkles.
- Fusion mode - This mode targets both the epidermis and dermis and that's why it is called fusion mode. It combines both the mid and deep modes and allows treatment of skin tone and texture as well as scars and wrinkles in the same session. This is the most aggresive mode on the CO2RE.
What to Expect from your CO2RE Treatment
During your consultation, Dr. Patel will discuss what you can expect during your CO2RE session. He will evaluate your candidacy, and he may prescribe an antiviral and antibiotic for you to take before your appointment. Dr. Patel will also give you pre- and post-treatment instructions, which can be found here.
Before your treatment, you should drink plenty of water and apply moisturizer. Hydrated skin responds better to the CO2 technology. You should also avoid sun exposure or wear sunscreen while you are outside.
When you arrive at our practice for your session, Dr. Patel will apply a strong topical anesthetic for your comfort. Then, he will wait for the numbing cream to take effect.
Next, Dr. Patel will begin passing the CO2RE handpiece over your skin. The treatment shouldn’t be painful, but you may experience a sensation that resembles the mild snap of a rubber band and a heat sensation. The actual session takes about 45 minutes, not including the preparation.
Laser Resurfacing Recovery and Results
A CO2RE treatment can offer more dramatic results than other devices, but it also involves a more demanding recovery period. Your skin will look red and swollen after your session and will require diligent aftercare on your part.
For a few hours, you may experience a burning sensation like a sunburn. Icepacks and wet soaks can help alleviate this discomfort.
It is normal for your skin to feel tight and for you to see patches and dark spots. Your skin will peel when it is ready, so don’t try to speed up the process by picking or exfoliating.
As your skin gradually peels off to reveal the newer, healthier layer below, your face will likely be red. In most cases, it takes several weeks for the redness to fade.
During this time, you will benefit from using specific products that can be found in our online store, such as the Alastin Regenerating Skin Nectar. Your post-treatment skin irritation will gradually fade to reveal your new, refreshed complexion.
Schedule Your Laser Resurfacing Treatment in Miami
Are you ready to reveal younger-looking, vibrant skin? Call 786-618-5039 today to schedule your CO2RE consultation or treatment with Dr. Patel.
As a leader in the field of non-surgical skin rejuvenation, Dr. Patel can provide you with the high-quality care that you deserve. We happily welcome patients from Miami, Coral Gables, Miami Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and nearby areas of Florida at Miami Skin and Vein.