Laser skin resurfacing has become an incredibly popular treatment for people looking to improve skin tone and texture, fine lines, and acne scars, because it’s non-invasive and uses the body’s natural healing processes to improve the appearance of the skin. However, when you start to think about getting laser resurfacing for yourself, you will quickly find that there are many treatment options out there—CO2 fractional laser resurfacing, Halo resurfacing, and CO2RE laser resurfacing are just a few of the treatment names you might see.
Many patients tend to lean towards Halo and CO2RE technology because they have shorter treatment times and offer a more comfortable treatment process than traditional fractional therapy but still deliver dramatic results. At Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, we frequently recommend CO2RE to patients who want to erase sun damage, address the signs of aging, or finally say goodbye to acne scars and dark spots.
A Look at CO2RE Technology
Like other laser resurfacing procedures, CO2RE uses laser light to penetrate the skin to the deeper layers where damage originates. By ablating scar tissue and other specific areas of the skin, treatment initiates a natural healing response with new cell generation and collagen production. That means that blemishes, scars, and other imperfections will fade away quickly while the skin gradually improves in tone, texture, and elasticity.
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How is CO2RE different from CO2 fractional laser therapy?
CO2RE is a newer generation of laser resurfacing treatment that can address many of the same problems as fractional laser therapy, but with less downtime and less discomfort in the treatment process. All fractional laser treatments use a fractioned pattern that leaves small bridges of untouched skin, so that the procedure is a safe, outpatient treatment that does not require significant healing time.
How does CO2RE vary from the Halo laser?
Many patients ask about Halo laser resurfacing, which delivers ablative and non-ablative wavelengths of light to microscopic treatment areas of the skin. CO2RE does the same thing, but under a different name. Both treatments are highly effective at reducing sun spots, wrinkles, discoloration, rough skin texture, acne scars, and traumatic scars.
What can treatment do for me?
CO2RE can work for a wide range of patients, because it has adjustable wavelengths to vary the intensity of treatment. So, it can give you mild rejuvenation in your late 30s as you may start to see crow’s feet and laugh lines settle in, or it may be a more intensive treatment for more advanced signs of aging, scarring, and sun damage.
What can I expect after treatment?
This procedure is often effective after just one treatment, but the full results will develop gradually. You will need to stay out of the sun for a few days after treatment and wear sunscreen whenever you do leave the house. There may be some light peeling, redness, and tenderness in the skin, which are natural signs of healing. These effects will subside after about 7-10 days, and you can likely continue your daily routine right away with just minor adjustments to your skin care. A short course of antibiotics may also be recommended to reduce the risk of infection. The results are as permanent as those from surgical procedures, but you will see the continued signs of aging develop as you get older.