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What is laser skin resurfacing?

For several decades now, CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) lasers have been an integral part of the cosmetic surgeon’s arsenal, helping millions of people to enjoy smoother, clearer skin. Aesthetic concerns such as wrinkles, scarring, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and enlarged pores can all be treated with the help of CO2 laser skin resurfacing. CO2 lasers warm the epidermis layer, destroying compromised skin tissue and ridding the complexion of blemishes. At the same time, the laser energy triggers the body’s natural production of collagen to remodel the skin’s structures from within.


How does laser skin resurfacing work?

CO2 fractional laser energy is a sophisticated skincare treatment that allows providers to target the skin’s outer, middle, and deeper layers all at once. Practitioners enjoy unprecedented control over the device, allowing them to customize each session to the patient’s unique needs and goals.

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What concerns can be addressed with laser skin resurfacing?

  • Sun damage
  • Signs of aging
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Loss of skin elasticity
  • Crepe-like skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Facial redness
  • Rosacea
  • Melasma
  • Stretch marks
  • Freckles
  • Enlarged pores
  • Poor skin tone and texture
  • Oily skin

What are the benefits of the CO2 laser?

  • Enhanced self-esteem – The psychological and emotional benefits of laser skin resurfacing can be significant, as patients feel more at ease in their own skin. They feel more confident than ever and enjoy facing the world without the crutch of makeup or cosmetics.
  • A more youthful appearance – CO laser resurfacing is known to reduce signs of aging that may resist other procedures. Patients enjoy smoother, tighter skin that is glowing with vitality. No chemicals are used that could leave behind troublesome side effects.
  • Results in a single session – Most patients can reach their skincare goals in a single CO2 laser resurfacing session. The technology can accomplish in a single sitting what many other treatments do over the course of multiple appointments.
  • A safe option for rejuvenation – Laser skin resurfacing is considered safe and effective for both younger and older patients.
  • No need for anesthesia – Laser skin resurfacing is minimally invasive and comes with little to no discomfort. Patients can recover quickly and resume their normal activities with ease.

What will the procedure entail?

Your provider will first cleanse the skin of dirt, debris, sweat, and makeup, readying it for laser resurfacing. A topical anesthetic will then be applied to numb the treatment area, enhancing your comfort and peace of mind. Chilled air may also be directed at the skin to keep it cool during the session.

Once you are comfortable, laser energy is then directed at the treatment zones. Laser resurfacing can be used to rejuvenate the face, neck, hairline and décolleté. The chest and hands may also be targeted according to your unique treatment plan.


Treatment time is typically 30-45 minutes, depending on the extent of your concerns. After laser resurfacing, the skin is cooled with a medicated moisturizer that will help to relieve tightness as you heal. There is no need for bandaging after laser skin resurfacing.

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What happens after laser skin resurfacing?

During fractional CO2 laser treatment, small tunnels of laser energy penetrate the skin, leaving the surrounding tissues intact. Because only the skin present in those tunnels is addressed, healing times tend to be shorter than with fully ablative CO2 treatments. Pinpoint bleeding and fluid release may occur.

About 5-7 days after laser treatment, patients should be sufficiently healed to allow the application of camouflage makeup or tinted sunscreen. Depending on the aggressiveness of the therapy and the patient’s skin, the treatment sites may appear mildly sunburned for the next 3-4 weeks.

Who are the best candidates for Eclipse Equinox CO2 laser therapy?

The Eclipse Equinox CO2 laser improves skin imperfections while stimulating collagen renewal and regeneration. It also augments the efficacy of skincare products applied to the skin, helping patients make the most of their at-home skincare regimen.

While most patients are good candidates for laser skin resurfacing, the treatment is contraindicated in the following circumstances:

  • Bleeding disorders
  • A history of scarring
  • A history of poor healing
  • Pregnancy
  • Taking Accutane in the last 6 months
  • Chemotherapy

Laser Skin Resurfacing FAQ

What is the difference between fractional and fully ablative lasers?

Ablative devices apply laser energy to the entire surface of the facial skin, whereas fractionated ablative treatments pinpoint 20-30% of the treatment zone.

How many treatments are necessary for the best results?

Most patients will only need one session to achieve their goals. However, for certain conditions such as entrenched acne scars, multiple sessions may be advisable. Dr. Weber suggests patients wait at least three months before undergoing another laser skin resurfacing treatment, in order to give the skin cells time to regenerate and for that transformation to be visible at the surface level.

Can the eyelids be treated during CO2 laser resurfacing?

With the use of special protective contact lenses, treatment of the upper and lower eyelids may be performed safely. This is another laser innovation that prevents the need for more invasive surgery with additional risks and extended healing times, not to mention increased costs.

Which procedures can be combined with CO2 laser resurfacing?

In some cases, facial rejuvenation surgery (blepharoplasty, brow lift, facelift, rhinoplasty) or fat grafting can be combined with laser skin resurfacing. These pairings may extend regular recovery times but often result in more dramatic improvements.

Are the results long-lasting?

Skin rejuvenation results from the Eclipse Equinox CO2 laser are long-lasting. Laser technology can help you look more youthful, but it will not halt the aging process altogether. The procedure can be performed again once the skin exhibits signs of aging or additional damage caused by skin conditions like acne.

How does CO2 laser resurfacing compare to facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery lifts and repositions sagging skin and structural tissue. Laser resurfacing addresses textural issues and areas of skin discoloration. Thus, facelift surgery and laser resurfacing are often provided together to optimize results.

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