Globally, acne is one of the most common and bothersome skin conditionsover 20 percent of Canada’s population is affected alone. Most acne sufferers experience the condition during their teens and early 20’s. However many are left with noticeable scarring for the rest of their lives. Fortunately, Guelph Facial Plastics has a solution.

Living with acne scarring does not have to be a lifetime contract. Under the medical supervision of top cosmetic and reconstructive facial surgeon, Dr. Matthew Brace, those suffering with acne scarring finally have an effective and permanent solution.

CO2RE: Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing  

At Guelph Facial Plastics we utilize the advanced, clearing power of the CO2RE laser to rejuvenate the skin and create a smoother, clearer complexion. This versatile laser treatment uses fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing to treat the superficial and deep dermal layers of skin with precise, fractionated beam patterns. Compared to traditional ablation treatments, CO2RE is much lighter, faster and offers more skin resurfacing versatility. With six different treatment modes available, CO2RE is the gold standard of current laser technology. With incomparable skin rejuvenation abilities, CO2RE is extremely effective in the treatment of:

  • Reduction of acne scars
  • CO2 resurfacing
  • Fractional resurfacing
  • Keloid scar treatments
  • Wrinkle and pigmentation reduction

How does CO2RE treat acne scars?

Acne scars are a direct result of deep skin trauma caused by acne. Even the smallest acne lesions can result in scarring. Caused primarily by external factors, such as picking of the skin, acne scars refer to the areas of pitted or raised skin leftover from a breakout. Unlike other common forms of post-acne effects, such as hyperpigmentation, acne scarring changes the physical texture of skin and often does not improve over time.

CO2RE offers both remodeling of bodily tissue through both the epidermal and dermal layers of skin, to achieve total facial rejuvenation. Utilizing CO2 energy, CO2RE works by gently removing the outer layers of textured skin to reveal the smoother, more even skin tone underneath. Although there are other forms of skin rejuvenation on today’s market, such as light therapy lasers, CO2RE is proficient in correcting the most pronounced texture irregularities and providing deep level skin resurfacing.

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What can I expect with CO2RE?

Before treatment begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the treated area to help calm any mild discomfort. Once the area has successfully numbed. The laser head will target the affected areas for a few seconds each before moving to a new spot. After the procedure is finished, the skin will be red and sensitive, with a sensation similar to a sunburn. After a few hours this will calm; however, dead skin will continue to shed and peel off throughout the next few days requiring topical skin care with ointment until it heals. Once the skin’s natural exfoliation process is complete, the healthy, new and even skin underneath will be revealed. In as little as one treatment, patients can achieve a completely leveled and smooth complexion.


To learn more about CO2RE resurfacing and how it can help your acne scarring, book your consultation with Dr. Brace today.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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