Over 30 years ago Dr. Wolin began providing a new and dynamic method of skin rejuvenation. He found that by utilizing the Co2 laser, he could resurface and rejuvenate the skin of the face and erase years of aging and environmental damage in a single treatment.
After having treated over 3,000 patients over the past three decades, he still finds that the Co2 laser is one of the best tools in his armamentarium for producing safe and long-lasting skin rejuvenation, with predictable, impressive results.
If you would like to learn more about what Co2 Laser Resurfacing can do for your fight against skin irregularities, dull skin, and wrinkles, call Dr. Wolin’s office today to schedule a complimentary consultation.
About Co2 Laser Resurfacing
The Co2 laser today is used in two different clinical settings: one for a more superficial fractional delivery of the light beam and the second for a deeper ablation of difficult irregularities of the skin. Co2 laser procedures are frequently done under local anesthesia and the recuperation following the treatments is variable, depending on the depth of the laser and the initial health and environmental damage of the patient’s skin. In general, initial healing is usually one week to 10 days. The resolution of post laser pink skin can range from a few weeks to over 6 weeks, depending on the depth of the laser. Overall, patient satisfaction is excellent and Dr. Wolin has found that even 20 years following the laser therapy, patients who are seen for other facial aging issues still comment on how the laser has given them more than 20 years of fantastic skin.
This is the ultimate testimonial to a procedure that has stood the test of time!
Before and After Photos
Benefits of Co2 Laser Resurfacing
A Co2 laser treatment is an impressive all-in-one skin rejuvenation procedure that applies cutting-edge laser technology to:
- Erase scars and blemishes from your skin
- Tighten lax and sagging skin
- Clear discolorations, sun spots, and other hyperpigmentation
- Remove warts and birthmarks
- Shrink enlarged pores
- Improve volume and healing rates by promoting collagen production within the skin. The increased collagen will provide better support, which will fill and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Reduce signs of aging invisible skin on the body, like the backs of the hands
- Customize your treatment. The Co2 laser will be adjusted to reach the depth appropriate to address your specific presenting skin issue.
- Address specific skin issues while keeping the surrounding tissue safe during treatment
- Improve your skin condition for months after your procedure
Co2 Laser is one of the most widely used lasers in the aesthetic surgical field for a reason.
The Science of the Co2 Laser
The Co2 Laser is adjustable, allowing Dr. Wolin to ablate scars, as well as improve the strength and volume of the skin itself.
Due to the fact that the frequency of the Co2 light is well-absorbed by the water in the skin tissue, the treatment’s laser energy can virtually erase scars and damaged tissue by heating the skin to a high enough temperature for safe ablation.
A fractional Co2 laser can be used to address superficial skin issues, as well to reach to the depth of the skin necessary for deeper ablation and collagen stimulation. A fractional Co2 laser treatment targets specific columns of tissue with the laser energy but leaves the surrounding tissue unharmed. This pattern encourages skin healing.
When the Co2 laser is used in it’s Ablative mode, most patients need between one to two weeks for their recovery. The procedure is safe and proven to give patients tighter, healthier, more even-toned skin.
Good candidates for Co2 laser skin resurfacing are those who have skin imperfections such as scars, sun spots, or other hyperpigmentation, or who would like to achieve smoother, more even-toned skin in general. Patients who are looking for a way to tighten their fine lines and wrinkles may also be good candidates for a Co2 laser resurfacing treatment. It is an excellent way to treat a “crepey” eyelid or neck area. This procedure is a good option for patients who want to tighten mild to moderate lines and wrinkles, but not for patients with a more advanced degree of skin laxity.
Co2 laser resurfacing is a good skin rejuvenation method for both men and women. However, patients who are experiencing active acne, or frequent cold sores, may not be good candidates for Co2 laser until their condition is resolved. Patients who are taking Accutane will want to wait until it has been at least six months since they completed their treatment.
Patients who have pre-existing conditions which interfere with their body’s ability to heal may not be good candidates for the Co2 laser. Best candidates will have an open mindset towards the results of their cosmetic procedure.
Patients who have lighter skin pigment may see better results from Co2 laser resurfacing than patients with darker skin pigment as darker skinned individuals have a higher incidence of post Laser hyperpigmentation.
Your visit to Dr. Wolin’s office is an opportunity to share your goals for your skin’s appearance, as well as to ask any questions you may have about your skin rejuvenation options. Dr. Wolin will examine your skin, as well as discuss your medical history, medication use, and overall lifestyle habits in order to determine if Co2 laser resurfacing is the right cosmetic procedure for your skin and your personal goals. If in his professional opinion, he believes an alternative skin rejuvenation treatment will be a better, more effective fit for you, he will work with you to create an appropriate treatment plan.
While no two patients are the same, the customizable nature of the Co2 laser treatment makes it an ideal way to tone, smooth, and tighten skin for a wide range of patients.
If you wish you had a way to erase your scars, or age spots, and are interested in tightening your wrinkles or enlarged pores, call Dr. Wolin’s office to schedule your complimentary consultation today.
Your Co2 Laser Treatment
Once you complete a consultation with Dr. Wolin, you will receive instructions regarding your preparation for your Laser Co2 resurfacing procedure. You may be advised to maintain a specific series of skin treatments or to discontinue the use of certain medications. If you have any questions regarding your preparation for your laser treatment please do not hesitate to call Dr. Wolin’s office.
Your Laser Co2 treatment will be administered under local anesthesia to maintain your comfort during the procedure.
You will be given protective eyewear, and your skin will be cleansed. Next, based on the specific skin issues you discussed with Dr. Wolin, the Co2 laser will be applied to ablate your damaged, discolored, or undesired tissue. The Co2 laser energy will also reach to the depth of the skin where the collagen production has diminished and expose the tissue to the temperature required to jumpstart the creation of new collagen, safely. The skin will become smoother and fuller, with minimal damage done to the surrounding tissue.
Depending on the scale of work that the patient would like done, this treatment can take from between 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Most patients only need one treatment to achieve their ideal transformation. If patients are unsatisfied with the results of their first Co2 laser resurfacing procedure after the two months of recovery, they can undergo a second resurfacing treatment and take their skin to its ideal, clear and radiant appearance.
A Co2 laser skin resurfacing treatment achieves impressive results because it is capable of penetrating deeper into the dermis. This not only results in long-lasting improvement of skin irregularities and discolorations, but it also achieves optimum rejuvenation of your collagen and deep skin health. The Ablative delivery of the laser has a longer recovery period than the Fractional form. The recovery time will depend on the depth of the patient’s Co2 laser treatment: patients who received lighter fractional Co2 treatment may require as few as 3-5 days to recover, while patients who completed a deeper treatment may require one to two weeks off work before they feel ready to return to their usual activities.
In the days following a Fractional Co2 laser treatment, patients’ skin will be pink or flushed. The sensation will feel similar to a sunburn. The treated skin will peel for roughly 7 to 10 days. The skin will continue to be flushed for up to three to six weeks, but most patients are able to safely cover their skin with makeup after one week of recovery.
A Co2 laser resurfacing treatment will virtually erase discolorations and skin irregularities, achieving a more smooth, even skin tone. The laser will safely stimulate your deep collagen, which will also volumize and strengthen your skin for months after your procedure. As a result, you will see your enlarged pores shrink, your fine lines and wrinkles smoothed away, and your skin become tighter overall.
The recovery is worth the results: your skin will maintain its tighter, smoother quality for years to come!
If you would like to know more about the price of a Co2 laser resurfacing treatment, you are invited to call Dr. Wolin’s office for a private consultation today. Once you and the doctor agree on the details of your skin rejuvenation plan, we will provide you with a cost breakdown of your anticipated laser resurfacing.