Resurfacing with CO2 laser to renew your skin
What does CO2 laser resurfacing involve?
CO2 laser resurfacing is an oculofacial aesthetics treatment to renew the skin that offers a powerful rejuvenating effect for the face and the eyes.
The CO2 laser we use in the Miranza clinics, which are the first in Spain to incorporate the new AcuPulse equipment, involves advanced technology in comparison with other types of laser and offers greater comfort to our patients.
The action of CO2 laser resurfacing “vapourises” the surface layers of the skin and creates columns of thermal damage in the deeper layers through short light pulses. The area to be treated is previously analysed by the laser scanner, to which we indicate specific parameters depending on the goal sought through the treatment, as it is an extremely versatile technology that can be personalised to suit each individual.
Resurfacing is sometimes associated with blepharoplasty to enhance the results of this surgery. The CO2 laser itself is also extremely important during blepharoplasty, as it provides the surgeon with precision and encourages postoperative recovery.
Problems treated with CO2 laser resurfacing
By eliminating the top layers of the skin and activating the skin recovery mechanisms, stimulating collagen production, CO2 laser resurfacing helps improve the skin’s tone and appearance. One of its most frequent uses is to give the face a lifting effect and to fight upper eyelid laxity, as well as to hide different flaws in the area around the eyes, such as “crow’s feet” and other wrinkles, spots, redness, acne marks and small scars, etc.
Beyond the benefits offered by resurfacing, CO2 laser also enables us to provide outpatient treatment of benign lesions such as xanthelasmas or nevus (moles). Furthermore, when CO2 laser is applied during surgery, it is used to assist in blepharoplasty surgery, correcting the excess skin on the eyelids and bags under the eyes.
Once the CO2 laser resurfacing session is complete, you can gradually return to your daily activities and must avoid exposure to the sun and use high factor sunscreen for several weeks. We therefore do not recommend this treatment in the summertime. Our specialists will inform you of the precise care routine you should follow.
Remember that your skin will have been renewed after CO2 laser resurfacing and, depending on the intensity of the treatment, it will be more sensitive. You might therefore notice certain discomfort, such as tautness, redness or inflammation, which will subside over the next few hours.
You will begin to notice results especially after the second week, provided you follow the instructions given by your doctor for correct recovery. Once the micro-scabs formed after CO2 laser resurfacing have fallen off, your skin will look pinker than normal and, after a few weeks, you will return to your normal skin tone and your skin will feel tauter, brighter and with fewer imperfections.
Thanks to the advanced technology we use for CO2 laser resurfacing, the skin is regenerated using tiny light beams that cross the dermis through micro-holes. This means that no wounds are caused to the face and the skin is much more exposed than with the lasers that have been used in the past. Nowadays, the treatment is not only more effective but also safer.
The AcuPulse laser used in the Miranza clinics means that we have full control of all the parameters of the treatment, and can adjust the depth, intensity and area of application. What is more, the equipment is handled by our ophthalmologists specialising in oculoplastics and ophthalmoaesthetics, with great knowledge of the delicate ocular and periocular area, considering that eyelid skin is extremely thin and requires expert laser application. The advice of our specialists is also key in advising you of the facial rejuvenation options that might be most suitable for you, with the possibility of combining CO2 laser resurfacing with other treatments either in outpatients or during surgery.
To avoid complications and risks, the main measure is to ensure you follow a good care routine after the session, so we especially highlight the importance of protecting your skin from the sun.