What is CO2RE?
With aging, we all could use a little skin tightening, as well as an increase in collagen production. That’s because every year after our 20th birthday our collagen production drops one additional percentage point. Since collagen is responsible for providing the structural framework under our skin that keeps it firm and youthful looking, a 30 percent drop by the time you turn 50 is an unwelcome trend.
CO2RE is used to treat skin on the face and various areas on the body. It uses the latest in fractional technology to resurface the skin on the treatment areas. This isn’t ablative resurfacing where the laser energy removes a layer of skin. This is fractional resurfacing, where the laser energy creates hundreds of microscopic channels through the outer epidermis layer of the skin down into the second layer, the dermis. When the laser light energy enters the dermis, it instantly converts to heat. When the body senses heat in the dermis, it assumes there has been a wound. It responds with a wound healing response (even though the hundreds of tiny punctures heal completely within just a few hours) where collagen across the treatment area is instantly remodeled, and the production of new collagen and healthy skin cells is initiated to “heal” the wounds. This boost in collagen and cell production continues for a period of many weeks, thickening and tightening the skin, and diminishing the appearance of all kinds of skin damage, from deep wrinkles to areas of hyperpigmentation.
Candidates for CO2RE
Ideal candidates for CO2RE treatments have fine lines, furrows, and other types of deep wrinkles, rough texture (acne scars), age spots, or areas of sun damaged skin. These treatments are ideal for anyone seeking younger-looking skin with the long downtime associated with conventional ablative laser skin resurfacing. Basically, anyone over the age of 40 could benefit from the increased collagen production and new skin cells that are produced after these treatments.
What are the benefits of a CO2RE treatment?
CO2RE treatments provide a wide range of skin improvement for our New Look Skin Center patients.
Your skin will look younger with these improvements:
- Lessens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Improves and replaces areas of sun damaged skin, including age spots
- Improves skin tone and texture
- Tightens undereye bags
These blemishes and imperfections will be dramatically improved:
- Surgical scars
- Burn scars
- Acne scars
- Skin tags
- Sebaceous hyperplasia (small skin-colored bumps on the skin)
- Small non-inflamed cysts
How many CO2RE treatments will I need?
These fractional laser resurfacing treatments are meant to be single treatments. You’ll see dramatic skin improvement as the body responds to the hundreds (or thousands if you’re treating larger areas of the body) of microscopic wounds created in the skin.
How long is a CO2RE session?
These fractional laser resurfacing sessions usually take from 1 hour up to 3 hours, depending on the areas being treated.
Is there any downtime after a CO2RE treatment?
There really isn’t any downtime or need to change your activities. After your CO2RE treatment your skin will look as if you have a sunburn and it will feel a little tight. The fractional channels will fully heal within just a few hours. There is a possibility of some redness and swelling for a few hours after your treatment. You will likely have some light peeling across the treatment areas for a week to 10 days. This is simply the body shedding the old, dead skin and replacing it with new cells.