CO2 Laserin Albany, NY

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In this procedure, the CO2 laser is used to vaporize the top layers of skin that are involved with scarring or wrinkling.  The underlying skin is then able to heal “from the bottom up” with a fresh new appearance.  The result is tighter, more smooth, and more vibrant skin.  It does take time before people achieve this final result, and CO2 laser resurfacing normally causes a temporary pinkness of the skin for 2-3 months.  One possible shortcoming after the procedure is abnormal skin pigmentation, and for this reason, ideal candidates are fair skinned individuals.

The procedure is performed in the operating room, usually with IV sedation.  It is a “day surgery”, meaning people go home after the procedure.  Immediately after the procedure, there is a mesh dressing on the face, which serves to soothe the skin and encourage healing.  This is removed within the first few days after surgery.  Afterward people are encouraged to apply an ointment to the face, to maintain moisture as the skin heals.  During this initial healing period, people often experience a stinging or burning sensation.  This may initially require pain medication, but people quickly transition away from medication as the skin heals during the first week after the procedure.  People typically resume their normal activities during the second week after the procedure.

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