What is CO2 laser resurfacing?

Worldwide, CO2 laser therapy has been used by medics in the military to treat field burns and severe scarring. In a cosmetic context, CO2 laser resurfacing is utilized to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, erase lesions and moles, and boost the production of collagen and elastin, age-defying proteins that enhance skin suppleness. The CO2 laser can treat a wide range of skin issues, including:

  • Burns
  • Surgical scars
  • Keloid scars
  • Acne scars
  • Moles
  • Benign skin lesions
  • Signs of aging
  • Drooping eyelids
  • Lip lines

CO2 Laser Skin Rejuvenation Before & After

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What is the treatment process, and how does CO2 laser resurfacing work?

When you arrive for your CO2 laser session, your skin will first be cleansed of any dirt, oil, or bacteria. The CO2 device is then applied to the skin, emitting laser energy to vaporize imperfections and blemishes.

The thermal energy emitted by the device is composed of carbon dioxide, helium, and hydrogen. These gasses directly zoom in on skin damage, breaking apart the compromised cells and decimating them, thus reducing hyperpigmentation, scar tissue, and a host of other aesthetic concerns.

In addition to improving the complexion at the surface level, CO2 resurfacing also boosts the body’s production of new collagen, an important protein involved in hydrating and softening the skin. Enhanced collagen production works over time to reduce lines, wrinkles, and folds and correct enlarged pores. 


After CO2 laser treatment, patients typically need about one full week of wound healing. The therapy tends to leave behind redness that will gradually fade over the coming months. For the first week or so, the skin will look like you’ve had a long day in the sun at the beach. Once completely healed, the complexion appears healthy, glowing, and radiant. If the social downtime after CO2 laser resurfacing is deemed too long, Dr. Brace can recommend specialized Oxygenetix cosmetics that can help camouflage facial redness so you can return to work or school faster.

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