Pros and Cons of CO2 Laser

Although there are advantages and disadvantages to choosing any facial laser treatment, the bottom line is . . . you have to choose what is right for you as an individual.

When deciding which laser resurfacing therapy to undergo, the treatment that your friend chooses might not be the best treatment for you. Their choice may not produce the results you had hoped to achieve. There are many factors to consider, and Dr. Cory Torgerson can walk you through the process of choosing the skin resurfacing therapy that is best suited for you.

Invasive Methods Should Be Investigated For Their Pros And Cons

Invasive Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Some facial laser treatments are less invasive than others. However, the truth is that the more invasive laser therapy is, the more noticeable your results will be. Although every type of laser therapy offered at Dr. Torgerson’s laser clinic in Yorkville is worthwhile and targets specific needs, more invasive methods should be investigated for their pros and cons. The most invasive skin resurfacing treatment offered at his laser centre is CO2 laser, which is also known as lasabrasion or laserabrasion.

CO2 laser treats an incredible amount of skin disorders and aging issues all at the same time. It not only tightens sagging skin and smooths out deep wrinkles, it is also able to resurface the face and remove acne scars, dark aging spots, uneven pigmentation, and sun damage. All of the top layers of skin are targeted with a carbon dioxide, ultra-pulse beam that eliminates aging and damaged skin cells. Tiny areas are systematically infused with microscopic heat channels, stimulating new collagen production in skin tissues below the surface. Blood vessels and nerve endings in the new layer of skin tighten as they heal, producing a beautiful texture and bright complexion.

A huge advantage to CO2 laser therapy is that it can be accomplished in one 60- to 90-minute session. There is no need for continued appointments, and the results will continue to be evident for months and even years, as the new collagen production continues.

Benefits Are Evidenced for Several Years

Assuring Comfort and Safety

When carbon dioxide laser treatments were first approved, there was a risk of scarring, burning, and hypopigmentation. Because the laser pulses are now “fractionated”, negative side effects are extremely rare. Now there is no thermal damage, as only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the micro-perforations, allowing the skin cells in the untreated areas to form a bridge that speeds up the healing process.

Conscious sedation or complete sedation is necessary due to the fact that the resurfacing method is more invasive. This should not make any potential candidate fearful, as Dr. Torgerson and his qualified personnel take every precaution to assure your comfort and safety. It is necessary to schedule 1 week off of work while the healing process takes place. Immediately following the treatment, your face will feel sunburned and have reddish stripes across it. By following the after-care instructions that you are given, these red areas will form a crust and fall off with each cleansing.

CO2 laser costs more than other laser treatments, but its benefits are evidenced for several years. Dr. Torgerson feels that the advanced CO2 laser treatment is the “gold standard” of skin-resurfacing methods, and the pros and benefits it offers far outweigh any negative aspect.

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