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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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Laser Skin Resurfacing (Definition)

Laser ablation of the skin is a controlled burn using a variety of types of light energy (e.g. Erbium or carbon dioxide lasers) to stimulate collagen formation, promote new skin formation, and in general restore a more youthful, and less wrinkled appearance to the skin. There is inevitably some downtime associated with the laser treatment, you must keep the skin moist ...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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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?

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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For how long does it take your skin to heal from laser skin resurfacing?

For how long does it take your skin to heal from laser skin resurfacing?

Depends on injury: If you are being treated by a plastic surgeon - the answer is 24 hrs - 7 days or so. The healing time is dependent on depth of injury created. Best to address these queries to your plastic surgeon as all treatment is patient specific. ...Read more

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How long does the laser skin resurfacing take?

Depends on treatment: Preparation for laser skin resurfacing (lsr) takes longer than actual treatment. Often topical anesthetic is placed on the skin for an hour or more pre-treatment. Some form of sedation (oral, intramuscular, intravenous) or general anesthesia may be recommended. Facial nerve blocks (local anes) are often used. After these preparations full face lsr may take 30-60 minutes & depends on treatment plan. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing? How long will I need to recover after having laser skin resurfacing performed? .

Dr. Joshua Fox Dr. Fox
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Recover from laser: The recovery time from laser skin resurfacing will depend on who performed it, what strength. Which laser was used, which area of the body was treated, etc. For strong to moderate resurfacing it is between 3-8 days. Please see ad hematologist specializing in laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing? How long will I need to recover after having laser skin resurfacing performed? .

What is the recovery time for laser skin resurfacing? How long will I need to recover after having laser skin resurfacing performed? .

Depends: Recovery time varies with the type of the laser that is used and the depth the doctor decides to do. It can be anywhere from 3-4 days to 7 to 12 days.
See the doctor first. During the consultation your doctor will tell you - after deciding the procedure. ...Read more

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What are the long term pros and cons of laser skin resurfacing? I'm thinking of getting rid of my acne scars.

What are the long term pros and cons of laser skin resurfacing? I'm thinking of getting rid of my acne scars.

Laser generally safe: Laser skin resurfacing can improve, but generally not eliminate, acne scars. Shallow scars respond more favorably than deeper, ice pick scars. Complications with laser resurfacing include pigmentary changes of the skin either darkening or lightening that maybe temporary or permanent. Scarring, skin infections, lines of demarcation can occur. Seek a provider with experience in laser resurfacing. ...Read more

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Where is a laser skin resurfacing usually done? At a hospital?

Where is a laser skin resurfacing usually done? At a hospital?

In Office: Laser resufacing, using fractioned laser technology, is typically done in office. We use a strong topical anesthetic, nerve blocks, cold air (zimmer chiller). Patients optionally may take an oral Xanax (alprazolam) or similar to relax them a bit. We don't use IV sedation, and are very comfortable performing this in office. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a laser skin resurfacing done?

Cosmetic center: Laser resurfacing is offered in cosmetic centers such as medical spas, dermatology and plastic surgery offices. Experience with this laser can provide excellent results and no side effects. This laser can be done on all skin types however darker skin types will need pretreatment and experienced clinicians. ...Read more

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Does laser skin resurfacing cause skin discoloration on black skin?

Does laser skin resurfacing cause skin discoloration on black skin?

It can!: Be very careful with lasers on dark skin. See someone with a lot of experience. ...Read more

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Does laser skin resurfacing therapy really do clear and smooth skin. .

Does laser skin resurfacing therapy really do clear and smooth skin. .

Caution: There are laser technologies that work for improving the texture of skin. Lasers need to be operated by well trained professionals with the greatest of care, as improperly used lasers can cause burning and scarring that leave you worse off than when you started. ...Read more

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Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Possibly: Thanks for an excellent question. I would reccomend you see a board certified dermatologist to exam your pigmentation and skin quality prior to adding any laser energy. ...Read more

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Can my regular doctor do the laser skin resurfacing in his clinic?

Can my regular doctor do the laser skin resurfacing in his clinic?

Can vs. Should: Any md can purchase a laser and use it in a clinic...However, good results with lasers and chemical peels depend on appropriate training and experience. I would check the credentials of any doctor before you consider laser treatments or any cosmetic procedures. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the laser skin resurfacing?

What information do I have to bring along to do the laser skin resurfacing?

Medication: There are some medications and skincare products that can adversely affect the outcome of any laser treatment. As such, you should bring and uptodate list of everything you are taking and your skincare. ...Read more

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How do I choose between laser skin resurfacing and dermabrasion?

Ask a specialist: Dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing are both ways to rejuvenate the facial skin. They each have advantages and disadvantages. You should consult with a specialist who has extensive experience with facial skin rejuvenation. As there are many different lasers, only specialist can advise you as to what is best for your needs and your skin. ...Read more

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How painful is laser skin resurfacing? I have not heard much about laser skin resurfacing by it sounds painful. Is it? .

2 ttypes of laser: Depending on your skin color, texture, pigmentation & wrinkles, there are different laser options. A non-ablative fractionated laser like the fraxel re:store or dual has no downtime, but requires multiple treatments. It has little pain and only topical numbing cream. A fractionated co2 laser is more aggressive with a week downtime & may give faster results, but numbing block injections needed. ...Read more

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How painful is laser skin resurfacing? I have not heard much about laser skin resurfacing by it sounds painful. Is it? .

No, if done correct: Using new modalities, healing times, discomfort, and results can all be optimized. Fractionated lasers, post peel skin treatment with prp (platelet rich plasma), ointments with growth factors, all have contributed to dramatic differences in results and ease of treatment. Risk factors have been reduced and cost of treatments have become reasonable. Beautiful skin is now obtainable for everyone. ...Read more

Dr. Donald Sudy
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Skin Resurfacing (Definition)

As skin ages it goes through various changes that makes it look older. Skin resurfacing is a technique (usual with a laser) that removes the top layers of skin. That stimulates the skin to produce younger looking, healthier skin. The key is to go to a qualified cosmetic surgeon to be sure that the treatment is right for you and to be sure that ...Read more


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