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CO2 Laser Resurfacing Explained: How Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Work?

CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

Curious about what laser resurfacing is and how it works? You’ve come to the right place. This guide will explain CO2 laser resurfacing, its benefits, and the downtime and aftercare involved. 

What Is CO2 Laser Resurfacing? 

Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing uses targeted light beams to remove the superficial skin layer. This type of CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is generally used to treat areas of discoloration, such as age spots or sunspots, and address cosmetic skin problems like wrinkles, acne scars, deep or fine lines, and skin cancer. 

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What Are the Benefits of This Procedure?

Benefits of CO2 laser resurfacing include:

  • Dramatically softens fine lines
  • Works well with other skin treatments, such as surgical procedures and injectables
  • Lessens skin pigmentation and visible ultraviolet (UV) damage, making your complexion more even
  • Stimulates elastic and collagen production, slightly tightening the skin
  • Results last from for several years
  • Significantly lessens deep wrinkles

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Downtime and Aftercare of CO2 Laser Resurfacing


The downtime or recovery time after a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure may vary. However, in general, it is around 5-7 days. Here is what to expect during the recovery process:

  • The skin may ooze a yellowish liquid, blister, and crust over.
  • Skin may feel raw (as if you have a sunburn), and you may be itchy.
  • After around five to seven days, your skin may dry out and begin to peel, revealing a pale or light pink shade that gradually changes to match your skin’s natural color. However, this process may take up to 6 weeks to complete.


After CO2 laser resurfacing, you must undertake standard strict aftercare procedures to ensure a successful and infection-free healing process. Such aftercare can include the following:

  • Avoid excess sun.
  • Routinely apply moisturizers, and emollient creams to the treated skin.
  • Wear a protective bandage or dressing.
  • Take any medications as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Avoid rubbing, picking, or scratching at the treated skin.

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Who Exactly Is a Suitable Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you are considering CO2 laser resurfacing, you may be a good candidate if you have the following: 

  • Skin scars or birthmarks
  • Non-responsive skin after a facelift procedure
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Scars from chickenpox or acne
  • Enlarged oil glands on your nose
  • Uneven skin pigmentation
  • Age or liver spots
  • Fine lines or under-eye, forehead, and mouth wrinkles

The Wrap-Up on Laser Skin Resurfacing 

When performed by an experienced and licensed plastic surgeon, a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure can successfully treat certain skin conditions and rejuvenate the skin. If you’re in the market for a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure, speak to Dr. Edmund Fisher MD, for more information and guidance on this treatment option.

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