Laser skin resurfacing with the Lutronic eCO2® laser is fast, precise, and safe. It can leave your skin firmed and rejuvenated in a single treatment with results lasting up to 12 months.
Dr. Leong and her team use the Lutronic eCO2® because of its versatility and its powerful skin-resurfacing abilities. This CO2 laser can accomplish in one treatment what may take other lasers four or more sessions, giving people the fast results they want to see.
What is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
CO2 lasers like the eCO2® are ablative lasers, meaning that they take away part of the outer layer of skin. This process triggers a healing and regeneration process that leads to increased collagen and elastin, two proteins that give the skin its elasticity and firmness. Instead of removing the entire outer layer of the skin, this fractionated laser only creates tiny areas of micro-damage, leaving intact skin surrounding the treated areas.
The micro-damage caused by the laser triggers the skin to produce new collagen and elastin, which give the skin more resilience and support. Because the Lutronic eCO2® is a more intensive resurfacing treatment than some others, it involves more redness and irritation but produces more dramatic results. Most people see results after one treatment.
What Is Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment Like?
Numbing cream will be applied to the skin, and once it has taken effect, the handheld device will move over your skin, administering pulses of intense laser light. Treatment takes about one hour to complete.
Recovery and Results After CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Your skin may look red, like a sunburn, after treatment. After about five to seven days, this fades away. You should follow all recommendations, including how often to apply sunscreen to protect your sensitive, healing skin. Excessive sun exposure can undo the results of successful treatment.
After treatment with the Lutronic eCO2®, people see firmer skin, a reduction in lines and wrinkles, and improvements in hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone. They also see improved texture and skin smoothness along with the disappearance of sun damage and acne scarring. While this powerful laser may leave people with a few more days of redness and soreness than other skin rejuvenation treatments, it produces such excellent results that people prefer this laser resurfacing method.
Most people see treatment results as soon as the redness from treatment fades, and these results will continue to improve for several weeks as the body builds more collagen and elastin.
The cost of treatment varies and will depend on the number of sessions needed and any other treatments you have at the same time. The best way to answer this question is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Leong to discuss your treatment plan.
During the five to seven days your skin is healing, you should use only mild cleansers and other products recommended by Dr. Leong and should protect your skin from the sun. You can start wearing makeup after the skin has healed.
Ablative Laser Treatments treat thin layers of skin, similar to a deep chemical peel or dermabrasion, with a precision that allows the technician to reduce skin damage. They are best for firming the skin and treating melasma, wrinkles and acne scars.
Nonablative Laser Treatments do not remove any skin — the light simply makes micro-damage to the skin to encourage natural skin healing. Nonablative procedures are great for addressing fine lines and wrinkles on patients who are able to wait for 2 – 3 months for strong results.
In addition to these, Fractional Lasers (like our eCO2 laser) are both ablative and nonablative and create small holes in the deeper layers of the skin. The skin’s self-healing process creates firmer skin. Fractional lasers may also be used for actinic keratosis (AK), fine lines, acne scarring, sun damage, and pigmentation issues.