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One of the most common techniques of laser resurfacing is called the carbon dioxide (CO2) method. It is the method of choice to treat several skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, warts, pores or gland enlargement, and many more.
The newest version of CO2 laser resurfacing directs very short, concentrated pulsating light of energy, also known as ultrapulse, in a scanning pattern at a specific skin issues in order to precisely removing thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.
Typically, we use the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to smooth facial wrinkles and treat uneven tone as it is particularly effective for frown lines around the mouth and lips and the “crow’s feet” around the eyes.
While this is the heaviest laser resurfacing procedure, it typically generates excellent results as the procedure can be done under IV sedation or local anesthesia and recovery is about 7 days, after which you can apply make-up.
In some cases, we'll use another method called Erbium Laser Resurfacing which is designed to remove surface or moderate level of skin problems. The recovery time needed for this method is generally a little bit longer compared to the CO2 method, however, people with very dark skin tones have been shown to respond better to this technique.