What is CO2RE fractional laser resurfacing?
CO2RE® is a fractional laser CO2 system that enables your physician to precisely target and effectively treat the skin’s surface, middle and deep dermal levels, plus perform traditional CO2 resurfacing and laser excision of lesions.
This treatment is lighter, faster, and a more versatile solution for skin resurfacing, traditional ablation and minor dermal excisions. CO2RE® has the ability to treat both superficial and deep skin layers simultaneously with precision-control over the intensity, pattern and depth of ablation.
What are the conditions treated by CO2RE laser?
- Skin tone & texture
- Sun-damaged skin
- Age Spots
- Acne scars
- Sagging skin
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Aged skin
- Stretch marks
How do I know if CO2RE® treatments are right for me?
Ideal candidates for CO2RE® are in their 30’s or older with skin damaged by exposure to the sun, age spots, fine lines, discoloration, rough texture and other skin imperfections. It is ideal for anyone seeking younger looking skin without the long downtime associated with conventional resurfacing procedures.
What is the CO2RE® procedure like?
You can expect some moderate discomfort during the treatment, but the anesthetic applied prior to the procedure typically makes any discomfort tolerable. For more aggressive, higher powered treatments, your practitioner may recommend a subcutaneous anesthetic, oral pain relievers and/or sedatives during the treatment session. Over-the-counter pain relievers may be taken in the days after the procedure to alleviate any residual discomfort.
Is CO2RE® safe?
Yes. You should speak with Dr. Shanthala about your complete medical and skin history to minimize the potential for any negative reactions.
How many CO2RE® treatments will I need?
Generally you will see the difference you want after only one treatment. In the days after the treatment your skin will gradually look softer and smoother. The age spots and uneven textures will start to show immediate improvement.
How long will the results last?
The durability of CO2RE® results approaches that of surgical procedures. However, there are a number of variables that will determine how long you can expect the results to last, including your health, age and how you care for your skin after treatment.
What can I expect after my procedure?
Immediately following the procedure you can expect a sensation similar to a sunburn, lasting several hours to days. You can expect peeling of dead skin from the treatment area. This is a natural exfoliation process that may last 7-10 days.
Do I need to take any special precautions after treatment?
Dr. Shanthala may recommend a short course of antibiotics, or valtrex to minimize any risk of infection. Use of a Alastin Nectar moisturizer and Physical Block sunscreen is recommended during the healing process and for the weeks and months following treatment.