How Does CO2 Laser Treatment Work?

As we age, our skin becomes drier and thinner. Affected by fine lines and wrinkles, it also acquires a characteristic sagging appearance. This aging process occurs largely due to the deterioration of collagen, a natural type of protein that makes up about 80% of our skin.

Over the years, collagen progressively deteriorates as our skin exposure to the sun and pollution compounds. As a result, the skin loses its elasticity and plumpness, becoming more susceptible to the development of brown spots. In order to reverse the signs of aging, CO2 fractional laser therapy relies on the trusted laser resurfacing technique that uses small beams of light energy.

By creating microscopic holes in the skin, it stimulates and accelerates the production of collagen. Increased collagen, in turn, fills in wrinkles and enhances the skin’s overall texture. Furthermore, CO2 fractional laser therapy improves upon this technique by eliminating damage to the top layer of the skin. Thus, this innovative treatment delivers maximum results while preventing bruising and minimizing downtime.

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CO2 fractional laser therapy is particularly effective in treating the following skin conditions:

  • Fine lines throughout the face
  • Wrinkles
  • Aging or sun-damaged skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Birthmarks
  • Warts
  • Liver spots
  • Enlarged oil glands

Treatment Targets

  • Anti-Aging

    CO2 laser skin resurfacing can effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. By stimulating collagen production and tightening the skin, the treatment helps diminish the signs of aging, giving you a more rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.

  • Stretch Marks

    This type of laser treatment is recommended for deep stretch marks because the treating of the tissue results in an ongoing process of skin rejuvenation. The results won't be noticeable for two weeks or so, but the skin replacement continues for quite some time.

  • Skin Tag Removal

    CO2 laser technology utilizes a highly focused beam of light to precisely and effectively remove skin tags. The laser energy vaporizes the skin tag, resulting in minimal discomfort, minimal scarring, and excellent cosmetic outcomes.



Laser resurfacing treatments vary greatly depending on the individual and skin conditions to be treated. Anywhere from 1 to 3 treatments are usually recommended with usual follow-up sessions every year depending on the circumstances.


In experienced hands, laser resurfacing is extremely safe. In inexperienced hands, treatments may cause excessive ablation and thermal damage which can result in scarring.

Will I need time to recover?

Since CO2 fractional laser therapy minimizes damage to the outer layer of your skin, it has the benefit of substantially reducing the recovery period to under 2 weeks. While most patients experience no pain after the procedure, some may observe mild swelling and redness that will disappear in about two days. In addition, you may experience some peeling 3 to 4 days after the procedure. Usually, your skin will regain its ordinary appearance in about 7 to 10 days. At this time, you should moisturize your skin with lotion to promote the healing process. While some patients may experience positive effects of treatment right away, Dr. Michael Omidi advises waiting a few months to observe a gradual improvement in skin tone and elasticity as new collagen is formed.