Low depth resurfacing is an ablative skin resurfacing treatment where tiny columns of heat are delivered into the more superficial layers of the skin. The heat is delivered in a fractionated pattern, to create a controlled injury, which causes our body to produce collagen and elastin.
By delivering small thermal injuries into the superficial layers of the skin, the laser is able to remove old, damaged skin. During the healing process new, healthy skin is formed which improves the overall appearance in the skin.
- Superficial fine lines and wrinkles
- Textural irregularities
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Skin laxity
- Uneven skin tone
- Large pores
- Etched in lines around the eyes
- Stretch marks
- Superficial pigmentation
Face, neck, and chest are the most common areas to treat with this device, but it can also be used on the body for scars and stretch marks.
1-2 hours. When you arrive at our office for your appointment your face when be cleansed with a gentle cleanser and before photos will be taken. We then apply a topical numbing cream and allow that to sit for 45-60 minutes. The actual laser treatment itself takes about 30-60 minutes in most cases but is dependent upon the size of the treatment site.
This depends on your personal skin goals, what skin condition we are treating and what area we are treating. You will notice an improvement after a single session but usually a series of 3 sessions is recommended. We do offer bundled packages.
There is no add-on service available for this treatment. We do, however, recommend a Diamond Glow Facial 2-4 weeks prior to having this procedure done and the Alastin Post Procedure Enhancement system for a fast recovery and better results.
Mild to moderate. We use a strong topical numbing ointment prior to your treatment as well as a cooling device called a Zimmer that provides a continuous stream of ice-cold air during the treatment. Patients will feel like they have a mild to moderate sunburn for a few hours post treatment, that is easily relieved by cold compresses/ice packs.
- Depending on the treatment area the downtime will vary. The face is usually between 4-7 days and neck and chest about 6-10 days.
- You will experience some minor redness and swelling after the treatment as well as skin sloughing.
- Make-up cannot be worn for 7 days post treatment.
- A barrier ointment and strict sun protection must be worn for about 5-7 days post treatment as well.
You will start to see results within 4 weeks of having this treatment done.
The results from this treatment are “permanent”, however the aging process does not stop. At home skincare, sun protection and in office treatments will maintain your results. Most people will have this treatment repeated every few years.
- Strict UV protection is required before resurfacing procedures, as lasering tanned skin can lead to hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation as well as delayed healing.
- Individuals that are prone to post inflammatory hyperpigmentation will require pretreatment with a melanin suppressant such as hydroquinone.
- If you are prone to fever blisters, an antiviral medication will be prescribed prior to your treatment.
- You want to discontinue any retinoids 7 days prior to your treatment.
- No spray tans for two weeks prior to treatment
You will be given very detailed written instructions at your consultation on how to take care of your skin post procedure. Gentle skin care, a barrier ointment and strict sun protection is key after any skin resurfacing treatment.
The Co2RE is unique in the fact that it is so customizable! We can customize the depth from superficial, mid to deep, and even combine different depths in one treatment. We can offer a lighter treatment with less down time or a more aggressive treatment depending on your lifestyle.
The Co2RE is able to achieve superior results compared to other co2 devices on the market because it can be administered with great precision of depth.
- Patients who have an uneven skin tone and/or texture due to sun damage or acne scars are likely a good candidate.
- Patients who practice good sun protection measures such as wearing a daily SPF.
- Individuals who have been on Accutane in the last 6 months.
- If you currently have active acne.
- Tanned skin from sun exposure and some naturally darker skin types are not good candidates for skin resurfacing due to the risk of post inflammatory hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation.
- Pregnant or breastfeeding patients.
- Patients who have a history of delayed healing or certain connective tissue diseases or skin conditions that can cause delayed healing.
This treatment is currently offered at our Gautier location.