Do you find yourself trying product after product to get a more even complexion? Men and women of all ages struggle with things like uneven skin tone and texture. There are so many skincare products on the market that claim to give you a smooth, flawless complexion, but few of them deliver real results.
A more effective way to improve your complexion is through CO2 laser resurfacing.
Skin resurfacing procedures aim to remove dead or damaged skin cells and reveal fresh, healthy cells that lie beneath. Enriched Aesthetics in Harding Township, NJ, offers a treatment called Tetra CO2 laser resurfacing. To learn more about skin resurfacing, continue reading this complete guide to CO2 laser treatment.
What Is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing treatments are popular cosmetic procedures that involve controlled injuries to the surface of the skin. These injuries stimulate a healing response within the skin, which pushes out damaged skin cells and replaces them with new, healthy ones.
Most skin resurfacing treatments use laser light energy. One type of laser treatment is Tetra CO2 laser resurfacing.
Tetra CO2 laser treatment uses CO2 lasers to make microscopic injuries to the top layer of your skin. The system has two different modalities, each providing different benefits to the skin: the CoolPeel modality and the Deka pulse modality. Learn more about each of these below:
CoolPeel CO2 Laser Treatment
During a CoolPeel laser treatment, cool air is blown from the Tetra CO2 device while laser energy is being emitted. This cool air provides a soothing effect that makes the laser treatment more comfortable.
CoolPeel laser treatment can provide the following cosmetic benefits for patients:
- Reduction in fine lines and wrinkles
- Less visible sun damage
- Shrinking enlarged pores
- Creating a more even tone and texture
While clients enjoy the CoolPeel modality because it is soothing and comfortable, it is not ideal for those with more significant skin issues. These patients may benefit from the Deka pulse modality instead.
Deka Pulse CO2 Laser Treatment
The Deka pulse CO2 laser treatment is a more intense variation of skin resurfacing. This modality uses strong pulses of laser energy to cause injuries to the skin. It delves deeper than the CoolPeel modality, which makes it a better option for more pronounced complexion issues.
The Deka pulse CO2 laser treatment offers the following skincare benefits:
- Decrease in deep wrinkles and creases
- Reduction in dark pigmentation
- Fading of sun damage
- Resolution of scarring
- Shrinking of enlarged pores
- More even skin tone and texture
Since Deka pulse treatments are more extensive than CoolPeel, they often require more time for your skin to heal. Patients are asked to avoid sun exposure, cosmetics, and skincare products for one to two weeks after treatment.
Common Questions About CO2 Laser Resurfacing
If you’re new to CO2 laser resurfacing, it’s not unusual to have some questions or concerns. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about laser skin resurfacing.
Which CO2 Skin Resurfacing Treatment Should You Have?
Many people can benefit from the effects of CO2 laser skin resurfacing. While some patients see great results with the CoolPeel modality, others are better suited for the Deka pulse modality.
We recommend that patients with more minor issues, like subtle fine lines and light sun damage, choose CoolPeel. Patients with deep creasing, severe scarring, and significant tone or texture imperfections should choose Deka pulse.
The only way to confirm which skin resurfacing treatment is best for you is by having a consultation with a cosmetic medicine provider. We can assess your skin and help determine which laser treatment will yield the best results.
What Can You Expect During Treatment?
During your CO2 laser treatment, you will be able to sit back in a reclined position while one of our providers performs the procedure. With a handheld device, pulses of laser energy will be delivered into your facial skin wherever imperfections are present.
If you are receiving CoolPeel treatment, intense cooling energy will be emitted into the skin at the same time.
A CO2 laser treatment session can last anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour, depending on your unique needs. Once your session is complete, you will be able to return home and resume normal activity.
The only requirement is that you avoid direct sunlight or prolonged sun exposure, as this may irritate the freshly treated skin. Deka pulse treatment may require that you avoid makeup, skincare products, and other topicals for one to two weeks following treatment.
Will You Need the Procedure Repeated?
For the best results, you will need to have three sessions in your initial round of treatment. Each of these sessions will be spaced about four weeks apart to give your skin time to heal in between each one.
How Long Will It Take to See CO2 Laser Treatment Results?
It will take time to see the final results of your laser skin resurfacing. Most patients see their complete outcome several weeks after their last session. This allows enough time for the skin to heal and for new skin cells to emerge. The result is a smoother, healthier complexion.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing at Enriched Aesthetics
If you have deep lines, wrinkles, sun damage, or other skincare issues, laser resurfacing treatment could be the solution. CO2 laser skin resurfacing helps rid your skin of impurities by removing damaged skin cells and replacing them with healthier, new cells.
Enriched Aesthetics in Harding Township, NJ, offers skin resurfacing procedures. Contact us today to learn more about these and our other cosmetic treatments.