The effects of sun damage, pollutants in the air and certain lifestyle behaviors can, over time, cause unwanted lines and wrinkles in our skin, resulting in an aged appearance. Laser resurfacing can help reduce and reverse the damage by safely and effectively removing dermal layers to help promote healthy skin, eliminate fine lines, reduce wrinkles and improve your skin’s texture. Dr. Hunts, using a CO2 Laser (considered the gold standard in lasers), has over 12 years of experience and was one of the first physicians in our area to offer this treatment.
Common areas for treatment:
- Periocular (around the eyes)
- Perioral (around the mouth)
- Full face
- Focal spot treatment
Individual results may vary
What is Laser Resurfacing?
The CO2 laser works using high intensity wavelengths of light that Dr. Hunts directs at the damaged or wrinkled areas of skin. He does this at precise levels of penetration eradicating the damaged outer layers allowing new and healthier skin to grow.
What are the risks?
Any surgery involves the risk of infection, bleeding, scarring or serious injury, however, carefully following all of your instructions both before and after surgery can greatly reduce these risks. Patients can further minimize the risk of surgical complications by not taking medications or over-the-counter drugs that might adversely affect the surgery. Patients should inform Dr. Hunts of any medications being taken either regularly, or occasionally, including herbal remedies and dietary supplements.
Who is a good laser resurfacing candidate?
Patients who are non-smokers, physically healthy and are unhappy with the appearance of wrinkled or damaged skin on their face are good candidates for laser resurfacing. In our patients, the general outcome of CO2 laser resurfacing results in an improvement in their skin’s smoothness and the diminished appearance of lines and wrinkles. A complete elimination of wrinkles or scarring is not a reasonable outcome and it is very important for patients considering laser resurfacing to have a realistic expectation of surgery.
What happens after surgery?
After surgery patients may feel minimal to moderate discomfort, swelling, redness and a feeling of tightness to the skin. Recovery is similar for patients who have either focal of full face laser resurfacing, however, with a full face treatment patients are required to wear a hydrating mask for 3-4 days to speed healing time. Patients who have focal treatments will need to gently cleanse their face several times a day and apply ointment to the treated areas. Avoiding sun exposure for up to six weeks and wearing a sun block that protects against both UVA and UVB rays is crucial during the healing period to avoid hyper-pigmenting the sensitive new skin. Depending on the depth of the treatment, redness may last for several weeks, gradually lightening to pink and then to a normal more natural skin tone color.
Learn More About CO2 Laser Resurfacing
- See before and after photos for CO2 Laser Resurfacing.
- Contact our Eugene office for more CO2 Laser Resurfacing information or to schedule a consultation.