Acne CO2 Laser Treatment
What is CO2 laser treatment?
CO2 laser treatment is a non-surgical, skin rejuvenation procedure to resurface the skin. It is ideal for the removal of acne scars.
What is acne and how are scars formed?
Glands in the skin produce a liquid called sebum that helps remove dead cells through skin pores. Acne or pimples are formed when these pores get blocked and infected. Scar tissue may develop when a pimple breaks down and heals. Acne usually occurs during puberty but some continue to struggle with it in adulthood.
How does the CO2 laser work?
A laser beam of a specific energy level is directed at the affected area penetrating the skin and causing the tissue to break down. The depth of treatment is adjusted according to your condition. Collagen production is stimulated and the body naturally heals itself by forming new skin. With treatment, your scars will disappear or lighten and your skin texture evens out. Tightening of the skin also occurs preventing future acne.
How is the procedure performed?
The area to be treated is cleaned and a numbing cream is applied. Once the anesthetic has taken effect the treatment is performed and usually takes about an hour to cover the entire face. Your face is occasionally cooled during the procedure to keep you comfortable.
How many treatments are required?
You will probably need a total of 3-5 treatments spaced every 4-6 weeks depending on your skin condition.
What post-operative care is needed?
Follow your doctor’s instructions for skin care which may include frequent soaks, cold compresses, and applying an emollient ointment. Avoid exposure to sunlight, fluorescent light, and unfiltered computer screen light. Avoid pricking or scrubbing the skin. Use recommended antibiotics as prescribed by your physician. How fast you heal depends on the depth and extent of treatment.
What are the possible complications or side effects?
Potential complications associated with laser treatments include pain, erythema, oozing and swelling of skin, burning sensation, altered skin pigmentation and allergic reaction.
How long do the results last?
The results can last years if you follow your doctor’s instructions and protect your skin.