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Acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles, and aging skin can all affect your confidence and well-being. At Coastal Medical Aesthetics we look forward to providing state-of-the-art CO2 laser treatments to resurface and enhance the overall appearance of your skin. CO2 laser treatment removes the damaged outer layer of skin and stimulates the growth of new skin cells, leaving you with younger-looking skin. Learn more about CO2 laser treatment and whether it is the right treatment for your skin concerns.


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What is CO2 Laser Treatment?

CO2 lasers are used to treat a variety of skin conditions. CO2 lasers help to resurface the skin by removing damaged skin cells and promoting new skin cell growth. During this treatment, a laser targets your desired area, resulting in the rejuvenation of the outer layer of skin. The treatment injures the area with heat, stimulating the body’s natural response to produce more collagen in the area. The collagen produced tightens the skin and improves your overall skin strength. While the skin is healing, new skin forms replacing the skin that was damaged. This results in smooth, firm, and flexible skin.

Who is a Candidate for CO2 Laser Treatment?

Candidates for CO2 treatment include adults trying to improve the aesthetic appearance of moderate wrinkles, uneven skin tone, sun-damaged spots, acne scars, age spots, scarring, and keratosis. The best way to guarantee that this is the right treatment for you is through a private consultation with one of our highly educated professionals at Coastal Medical Aesthetics. During a consultation, you will share your medical history, skin concerns, and skin goals. You will be provided with a treatment plan encompassing the best options for your skin needs.

The CO2 Laser Treatment

CO2 laser treatment is an outpatient treatment that takes between thirty minutes and two hours, depending on the size of the area addressed, the state of your skin, and the concern being treated. Your specialist will prepare you for the treatment with a local anesthetic to reduce any discomfort. You will be given protective eyewear, and the treatment area will be thoroughly cleansed. Your laser professional will then guide the laser wand device across the skin area being treated. An antibacterial ointment and bandage may be applied to the area once the treatment is completed.

CO2 Recovery and Results

After your treatment, you can resume the rest of your plans for the day. Temporary side effects include skin discoloration, swelling, itchiness, blistering, peeling, dryness, and sun sensitivity. Intense resurfacing treatments can leave the skin feeling similar to a severe case of sunburn. It is important to note that the number of sessions you require is based on your skin concerns and the severity of your condition. Patients can expect to see results around six weeks after the treatment.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in improving the look of your skin, CO2 laser treatments may be a great option for you.  To learn more about CO2 laser treatments, contact us to schedule a consultation today at Coastal Medical Aesthetics in Carlsbad, CA. We will happily create a personalized treatment plan for your needs.