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I just had co2 laser resurfacing done under my eyes. What can I do to help recovery?

I just had co2 laser resurfacing done under my eyes. What can I do to help recovery?

Avoid the sun: Laser resurfacing is a controlled burn injury. Because the skin of the lower eyelids is about the thinnest in the body, treatment here has to be very shallow, thus the area should heal very quickly. The healed area will be very sun sensitive until the redness fades out. If it tans while still red, it may tan permanently, so use sunscreen! ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Laser Resurfacing (Definition)

Is a procedure used to smooth the skin and remove pigmentation irregularities. Co2 and erbium lasers are the most common modalities. If you are considering laser skin resurfacing, you should also research chemical peels and dermabrasion. Sometime these alternatives ...Read more


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Can I have co2 laser resurfacing if I have a facial filler in my cheeks? Could the co2 laser burn the filler? .

Can I have co2 laser resurfacing if I have a facial filler in my cheeks? Could the co2 laser burn the filler?

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Yes: It is very common that in my practice we perform facial resurfacing with a co2 laser and inject facial fillers at the same time. There are no detrimental effects of doing the co2 laser with the dermal filler. ...Read more

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How safe is CO2 laser resurfacing on the face? I have extremely sensitive skin. Can this procedure cause scarring or other side effects?

How safe is CO2 laser resurfacing on the face? I have extremely sensitive skin. Can this procedure cause scarring or other side effects?

CO2: CO2 laser is a wonderful tool to help improve the quality of the skin for the right patient. It can cause scaring and pigment issues. It is important to meet with a skin care expert to determine if the Co2 is appropriate for you. A less invasive form of CO2 is the fractionated lasers. Les complications but multiple treatments and not the potential results of the CO2 ...Read more

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How does co2 laser resurfacing get rid of wrinkles and dark spots? I understand that the co2 laser damages the skin and forces it to heal itself. But i don't understand exactly how that gets rid of wrinkles and spots. .

How does co2 laser resurfacing get rid of wrinkles and dark spots? I understand that the co2 laser damages the skin and forces it to heal itself. But i don't understand exactly how that gets rid of wrinkles and spots.

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This : This is a good question. Total fx laser resurfacing (co2 laser) vaporizes the soft tissues of the face to eliminate/reduce sun spots, decrease and remove lines and wrinkles as well as reducing pore size. This is through the production of a controlled injury to the papillary dermis (upper dermis), after which replacement of damaged tissues with new healthy, compact collagen takes place. One also sees a more homogenous complexion of the skin tone (color) and the reduction of telangiectasias (small red capillaries) due to this injury and tissue replacement. Optimal results are seen over a 90 – 120 day timeline. Be healthy and be well, james m. Ridgway, md. ...Read more

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Is co2 laser resurfacing safe for someone taking immune-suppressing drugs? I'm taking them because of an organ transplant, so i won't be able to go off them. I'd really like to treat some wrinkles with co2 laser resurfacing, but i'm worried i might not he

Is co2 laser resurfacing safe for someone taking immune-suppressing drugs? I'm taking them because of an organ transplant, so i won't be able to go off them. I'd really like to treat some wrinkles with co2 laser resurfacing, but i'm worried i might not he

CO2 : Co2 laser resurfacing is high risk for an immunosuppressed patient because inflammation is a vital step in the healing process and because your ability to fight infection is less, co2 laser resurfacing is more likely to be complicated by scarring and infection. Since you have had an organ transplant and your immunosuppressive medications cannot be discontinued, co2 laser resurfacing is probably not worth the risk! ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix hypopigmentation caused by co2 laser resurfacing? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser treatment for my wrinkles, but I have dark skin. Pigmentation loss would be really obvious. If it happens, would there be a way to fix it? .

Is it possible to fix hypopigmentation caused by co2 laser resurfacing? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser treatment for my wrinkles, but I have dark skin. Pigmentation loss would be really obvious. If it happens, would there be a way to fix it?

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CO2 laser: Co2 laser resurfacing can be ablative removing the surface of the skin to a set depth in a continuous manner in the area treated. There is also fractional co2 resurfacing. Hypopigmentation is more associated with the continuous co2 rather than fractional. The hypopigmentation can last for a very long time and may be permanent. Fractional co2 is somewhat safer but may still have side effects. ...Read more

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How long does fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing usually last?

How long does fractional co2 laser skin resurfacing usually last?

Several years: Most patients who undergo fractional co2 resurfacing will see improvements up to 6 months after treatment. These laser treatments rejuvenate the skin (reduce wrinkles, brown spots, etc) which can take years off your skin. That does not mean that it stops the aging process. You will continue to age from a new, more youthful base. Regular skin maintenance (sunscreen, retina) will prolong results. ...Read more

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Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Could the co2 fractional laser resurfacing really work for acne scars?

Yes: Fractional lasers can do a nice job of improving acne scars. I generally treat bad acne scars with a combination treatment, including laser, PRP and sometimes subcision (for the deep ice picks) or fillers/fat transfer. For scarring that is not so severe I will generally start with a course of Laser Genesis (about 5-6 treatments). ...Read more

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What are the chances of developing skin cancer following co2 laser skin resurfacing? I believe my fair skin due to my irish heritage makes me more prone to burns and skin cancer. Can co2 laser cause such side effects?

No: Co2 laser resurfacing removes a layer of skin in a controlled fashion. In some cases, patients with extensive precancers can be treated with co2 laser, most frequently done on the lips. Sun protection is the most important measure to prevent skin cancer, regardless of whether or not you've had co2 laser resurfacing. Your fair skin may increase your risk of skin cancer independent of co2 laser. ...Read more

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Is co2 laser skin resurfacing safe for the genital and breast areas? I'm a 28-year-old model and was wondering whether co2 laser is safe for smoothing skin in the genital and breast areas (like skin tags).

Is co2 laser skin resurfacing safe for the genital and breast areas? I'm a 28-year-old model and was wondering whether co2 laser is safe for smoothing skin in the genital and breast areas (like skin tags).

CO2 : Co2 is a strong resurfacing laser with risks if not done correctly. Because you would be targeting areas that do not heal well, i would not recommend any type of laser for either area. If you have only a few skin tags, then an electrodessication would work quickly and create the least problems. Dermatologists use an small devise that quickly burns off skin tags. The further away from the face, the longer it takes the skin to heal because there are fewer hair follicles which speed up tissue healing. Be careful. You don't want to end up with scarring or infections. ...Read more

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How painful is a co2 laser for removing warts?

Minimal: Using a laser should decrease pain associated with wart removal. But some pain is involved. ...Read more

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Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

Is it painful to remove facial warts via co2 laser?

No: No provided some anesthetic cream is used. However, sometimes better to scrape them off using local anesthetic. ...Read more

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Is fraxel repair a co2 laser? I'm confused about the whole fraxel differences.

Either one: There is a fraxel erbium laser and co2 laser.Fraxel means that liitle holes are created in your skin by the laser surrounded by normal skin. This way the skin heals faster than with the older erbium or co2 lasers where the entire surface of the skin was removed.While these lasers gave excellent results in wrinkling there was a high risk of infection, prolonged redness and delayed lightening of ski. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: co2 laser?

Laser: A co2 laser basically works on soft tissues rather than bone so it is effective on skin and inside the mouth or other mucosal tissues it vaporizes a very small area and the adjacent tissues are unharmed you can even use it to remove tattoos from the surface of the skin. ...Read more

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What is the difference between co2 and fractional co2 laser?

% of area treated: Co2 laser is treatment of the entire surface of the skin of an area. While it yields the most dramatic improvement it also has the longest recovery and risk for complications such as scarring, infection and pigmentation changes. Fractionated co2 laser delivers laser light in columns, and thus only treats a percentage of the skin. Results are usually good, with much less recovery and risk. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kulick
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Co2 Laser (Definition)

A co2 laser basically works on soft tissues rather than bone so it is effective on skin and inside the mouth or other mucosal tissues it vaporizes a very small area and the adjacent tissues are unharmed you can even use it to remove tattoos from the ...Read more


Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Co2 (Definition)

This is a gas composed on one carbon and two oxygen molecules. Very common byproduct of respiration ...Read more