Acne ravished skin can feel bumpy and unpleasant. While some of us are lucky enough to never experience aggressive acne breakouts, others can have a truly difficult time with the quality of their skin. If you fall into the latter category, you may be searching high and low for a good acne scarring solution. Here at Comprehensive Family Medicine & Aesthetics, we offer excellent skin care through the use of our CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing system. If you are in need of help, Dr. Gordon and the rest of our staff are happy to accommodate you.
What Is CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing relies on the use of a CO2 fractional laser system. The laser used at our practice applies concentrated CO2 energy to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin that make up the support structure in our skin.
During a breakout our skin goes into extreme repair mode, attempting to reduce inflammation and kill bacteria. Unfortunately, this leads to the appearance of bumps and unsightly patches. CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing uses powerful laser technology to refresh your skin by stimulating collagen and elastin production. It works fast to minimize scars, wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of your skin.
What Does This Laser Treatment Address?
Our CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing system is an excellent option for acne and wrinkle reduction. Generally, we recommend this option to those who have aging skin and would like to look more refreshed.
As part of her personalized approach, Dr. Gordon will take some time to evaluate your skin and determine if this system is good for you during your visit. We offer extended visits, 30-40 minutes each to ensure you are fully informed before you commit to a treatment.
What Can I Expect During My Session?
The CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment performed at our practice is an outpatient procedure, meaning there is no overnight stay. Dr. Gordon may treat individual wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, or forehead or treat your entire face in the case of acne scarring. We also address scarring, hyperpigmentation, and acne on the chest and neck. The actual treatment procedure typically takes about 1-2 hours depending on the size of the treatment area. A combination face and neck treatment takes two hours to perform. A topical anesthetic is provided to minimize any and all discomfort you may feel during the procedure.
What Results Can I Expect From CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Unlike surgery, this treatment does not result in any necessary downtime. However, you can experience some redness, irritation, and swelling for up to 48-72 hours after your visit. Some patients report redness that lasts up to two weeks. Because our laser system stimulates collagen production, you can experience a gradual improvement in the texture and appearance of your skin. In some cases, several sessions may be necessary to get the best results.
CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing in West Columbia, SC
Are you struggling with wrinkles or acne scarring? If so, we may have the solution for you. Dr. Gordon has been providing effective treatments to her West Columbia patients for over 18 years. If you’re ready to improve your skin, get in touch with us by filling out the form below or calling (803) 814-2288. We are available 24/7 and accommodate same-day appointments.