At Northwest Face & Body, our board-certified physicians perform CO2 laser resurfacing in Kirkland to reverse the signs of aging using light energy to rejuvenate and correct skin irregularities. The gold standard in skin rejuvenation is carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, which has the best ability to tighten skin as well as prevent skin cancer and precancerous lesions.
As we age, collagen – the connective tissue that keeps your skin soft and supple – begins to break down. This process is accelerated by environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution. If you’re motivated to improve the appearance of your skin, you may want to consider CO2 laser resurfacing at Northwest Face & Body.
After completing treatment, your own collagen will be stimulated to produce smoother and firmer skin, resulting in a more refreshed, younger appearance.
Performed under general anesthesia, the CO2 laser vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin with precise and controlled penetration. While laser surgery was introduced more than 40 years ago, using it in combination with computer scanning technology is a recent advancement that achieves remarkable results.
Since a computer controls the CO2 laser beam, our qualified surgeons can perform complex micro-procedures with far greater accuracy than possible with mechanical instruments. Our physicians will deliver pulses of laser energy using a handheld device to the treated area. As the laser passes, it penetrates through the outer layer of skin, removing the damaged skin cells while stimulating healthy skin cell growth.
CO2 laser resurfacing surgery is safe. It has less post-operative pain than traditional surgery and often completed in less than one hour.
With any resurfacing, the first 24 hours is imperative for healing and any sterile surgical dressing should remain in place. Northwest Face & Body will provide you with topical ointments to enhance your healing. Within eight to ten days, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities. Your fresh, new skin will be reddish pink. This is a sign that your blood is nourishing the growth of new skin cells.
If you receive a moderate to deep resurfacing, the redness will fade and your skin should take on a slightly pink tone within four to 12 weeks. Your skin will gradually gain a more natural color over several months as collagen growth and rejuvenation continues. If you receive a light resurfacing, you can expect four to five days of recovery with redness disappearing within three to five weeks.
To further aid in your healing process, it is always important to adhere to your board-certified physician’s post-operative care instructions.
Contact our team at Northwest Face & Body to schedule your CO2 laser resurfacing Kirkland consultation today. Services areas include: Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Everett, Lynnwood, Kent, Renton, & Tacoma, Washington.