How Does the CO2 Laser Work?

A CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser procedure uses fractionated pulses of intensely focused light energy to stimulate a skin recycling process that results in renewed skin cells and improvement in physiology and appearance of aging skin. CO2 laser resurfacing treatments give your skin a healthier complexion and texture. With a fractional CO2 laser resurfacing treatment in Boulder, CO, Dr.Cox can target specific areas without causing damage to the surrounding area.

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What Can the CO2 Laser Treatment Do?

The CO2 laser treatment is a powerful and versatile skin rejuvenation procedure that can address a wide range of aesthetic skin concerns, such as the following:

  • rejuvenate your skin by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles
  • stimulate collagen growth, which helps your skin keep its elasticity
  • treat skin discoloration, such as age spots or sun damage
  • treat mild to moderate acne scars and uneven skin texture

If you're ready to experience the remarkable benefits of CO2 laser treatment in Boulder, our team is here to guide you. Dr. Kyle Cox, a specialist in periocular cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation, provides our patients with personalized care and outstanding results. Reasonably mitigate the physiologic signs of aging skin and support your skin health with customized energy treatments.

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What Happens During my CO2 Laser Procedure in Boulder?

CO2 laser treatments are convenient and effective. They are done in Dr. Cox's office, ensuring a hassle-free experience. The duration varies based on the treatment area and goals, typically taking 30 minutes to two hours. Many treatments can be done in one visit, saving you time.

Find out more on this procedure by calling our office to set up a consultation. Experience the transformative power of CO2 laser treatments with Dr. Cox for radiant, rejuvenated skin.

What Will I Experience After the Procedure?

After getting CO2 laser treatment in Boulder, expect downtime that varies based on factors like treated area and laser intensity. Swelling, redness, and irritation are common and usually resolve in about 10 days. New skin appears after two weeks, with residual redness typically fading in weeks to months. Dr. Cox and her team will recommend specific healing products and instructions that support your freshly revitalized skin. You will also have follow-up visits. The most important aftercare is to continue with a daily skincare routine that protects and supports healthy skin. Dr. Cox and her team are passionate about at-home skincare and will support your skincare journey!

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Who is a Candidate for CO2 Laser Treatment?

Determining if you're a suitable candidate for CO2 laser treatment depends on several factors. This advanced skin rejuvenation method is often recommended for individuals looking to address specific concerns such as wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, age spots, sun damage, or skin laxity.  Generally, ideal candidates for CO2 laser treatment have the following characteristics:

  • Seek to improve skin texture and tone.
  • Desire a more youthful appearance.
  • Have realistic expectations for the results.
  • Are in good overall health.
  • Are not pregnant or nursing.
  • Are committed to following post-treatment care instructions.

What are the Risks of CO2 Laser Treatments?

While CO2 laser treatments are generally considered a safe and effective cosmetic procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with the treatment. It’s also important to note that CO2 laser treatments might not be right for people with darker skin, or people with certain skin conditions.  Be aware of these possibilities and discuss any concerns with Dr. Cox. 

Potential Topics to Discuss with Dr. Cox

  • Laser resurfacing can sometimes cause changes in skin pigmentation, leading to hyperpigmentation (darkening) or hypopigmentation (lightening) of the treated area. this risk is more common in individuals with darker skin tones.
  • Laser resurfacing may result in scarring. this risk is typically higher with ablative lasers, which remove outer layers of skin.
  • Although uncommon, there is a risk of infection following laser resurfacing. it's important to follow post-procedure care instructions and keep the treated area clean to minimize this risk.
  • When treating areas around the eyes, there is a risk of eye injury if proper eye protection is not used during the procedure.
  • Individuals with a history of skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis, may experience a reactivation of these conditions after laser resurfacing.
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Why Choose Dr. Kyle Cox for Your Next Procedure?

Dr. Cox's practice is unique because she specializes in periocular cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation of the eyes and brows. Her training is specific to these delicate regions, so you can trust that her procedures will provide the most natural and sophisticated results. The practice values integrity and has a cohesive and caring team. Dr. Kyle Cox offers aesthetic and medical care in a comfortable environment, and her treatments change how patients see themselves and how they navigate the world. Her practice philosophy is centered on providing exceptional care and exemplary results.

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