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Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

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Average Cost:
$465
Recovery Period:
No downtime
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Time it takes:
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Topical Anesthesia

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Overview of

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

in Thailand

Carbon dioxide laser therapy (CO2 laser therapy) is among the most popular cosmetic procedures nowadays. It is a process that induces facial rejuvenation, improves the skin’s appearance and corrects minor facial flaws. CO2 laser therapy is also called laser resurfacing, as a new, healthy layer of skin resurfaces to perfect the skin.

 

Fractional CO2 laser treatment or CO2 laser therapy uses laser light with a 10,600 nm wavelength that is invisible to the human eye.

 

The energy from the CO2 laser light is readily absorbed into the tissues to effectively improve the skin’s texture and appearance. This light energy is pulsed on the skin in very short intervals or through continuous light beams in a scanning pattern. This removes thin layers of skin with minimal heat damage.

Goals of

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

CO2 laser resurfacing uses carbon dioxide laser to precisely remove the outermost layer of the skin which is the epidermis. Then, it uses safe and controlled laser light to heat up the underlying skin (dermis). With this, the collagen layer is stimulated.

 

Collagen is an important protein in the body that prevents the skin from sagging and gives the skin a youthful look. So, as the outer skin layer grows over the healthy dermis, the treated area will appear smoother and tighter.

 

Aside from the rejuvenation of the natural, brilliant glow of the skin, CO2 laser treats several skin issues including:

  • Fine to moderately deep wrinkles
  • Skin damage from overexposure to the sun
  • Scarring
  • Uneven skin tones and texture skin
  • Facial laxity and sagging
  • Warts
  • Keratoses
  • Lentigines and moles
  • Small skin tumors
  • Milia
  • Skin tags
  • Crow’s feet

Price of

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

in Thailand

Average Cost

$465

Price Range

$30 to $900

Pros and cons of

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

Pros

  • Relatively painless and less invasive compared to other methods of skin renewal
  • Faster process with more immediate, visible results
  • Helps the skin feel smooth, firm, and fresh
  • Gives the skin a slight lift
  • Extremely precise, tissue-selective treatment
  • Promotes skin regeneration by activating collagen
  • Low cost of consumables
  • Minimal downtime, with only 2 weeks recovery needed
  • May help with pre-cancerous skin lesions

Cons

  • Scabbing may be possible if thorough post-treatment is not followed
  • Bigger areas may take longer to heal
  • Skin will remain pinkish or red days after treatment
  • Sun exposure should be avoided
  • Not advisable for darker skin tone
  • Expensive, with an average cost of $465

How it works:

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

The fractional laser treatment using CO2 laser is an outpatient procedure. This means the entire procedure is done in one appointment and you are free to go home after. Let’s look at the step-by-step CO2 laser procedure:

 

1.     Skin Prep

Preparation of your skin for the laser therapy is done several weeks prior to the procedure. This may include several necessary treatments depending on your doctor’s advice. These treatments may be targeted to increase your skin’s tolerance or even reduce the side effects after treatment.

Once your dentist evaluates that you are in excellent health, you will be scheduled for your CO2 laser treatment.

 

2.     Skin Cleansing

To ensure a clean canvas for the treatment, your skin will be cleaned. Excess oil, dirt, and bacteria will be removed. This also helps with producing better results after treatment.

 

3.     Application of Anesthetics

On the day of the procedure, topical anesthetics will be applied on the area to be treated. However, do note that topical anesthetics are not necessary for everyone, you can consult with your doctor beforehand to find out if you need it.

The anesthetic cream will take effect for 60 minutes. And if there is a larger area of the skin to be treated, a sedative or pain killer may be recommended.

 

4.     CO2 Laser Therapy

Once the area is numb, your doctor will begin the treatment. The laser will be slowly moved around the designated area of the skin until fully treated.

Time required: Around 15 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the area to be treated. Full-face treatments can take up to 2 hours.

The process can cause slight burning as the laser light heats the skin. Experienced doctors will pause the process at certain intervals to ensure maximum comfort for the patient.

 

5.     Skin Care

Following the procedure, a non-stick dressing will be applied on the treated areas and this should stay in place for a minimum of 24 hours. Your doctor will also discuss the post-treatment guidelines, such as how to clean the treated area. This is to ensure minimal to no side effects.

Preparation before

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

Pre - treatment

  • Discuss your medical history with your doctor. Learning about your past medical conditions and understanding the nature of the skin condition can help increase the safety and effectiveness of the treatment for you
  • If you have a history of herpes or shingles, let your doctor know so they can prescribe your antiviral medications 2 days before your treatment. 
  • Avoid tanning or heavy sun exposure for up to 2 months before the procedure to prevent permanent irregular pigmentation on areas to be treated. Your doctor will recommend broad-spectrum sunscreen to keep the skin healthy
  • For 3 days before the treatment, avoid using medications that can trigger sensitivity to sun, such as doxycycline or minocycline
  • Stay hydrated to prevent skin scabbing
  • Try to avoid smoking at least 2 weeks before and after the treatment to promote better and faster healing

Recovery after

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

Post - treatment

  • The treated area should be carefully kept dry for at least 1 day after the procedure
  • After 24 hours, follow your doctor’s instructions for proper wound care including cleaning the treated zone for 4 – 5x a day using saline-soaked cotton and placement of ointment to prevent scabbing
  • Apply the prescribed antibiotic to prevent infection
  • Steroids may be prescribed to manage swelling around the eyes or you can apply direct cold compress to reduce swelling
  • Itching or stinging is normal, as well as skin dryness and peeling. Use a moisturizer to counteract these
  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect from sun exposure (at least for 2 – 3 months)
  • Avoid picking skin crusts as the area heals


Generally:

  • You may go back to work in 2 weeks
  • Wait 4 – 6 weeks before engaging in strenuous activities
  • Skin redness will fade naturally in about 3 months
  • Natural skin pigmentation shall return after 6 – 12 months

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Risks & side effects of

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

  • Redness, swelling, itching, and pain – are very common and should be managed with the prescribed medications and ointments
  • Acne – can be expected due to multiple layers of thick creams and bandages applied after treatment. Milia may also develop at this time
  • Infection – may happen as a flare-up of herpes virus so it is important that your medical history is taken into account before the treatment
  • Changes in skin color – may be lighter or darker, temporary or permanent
  • Scarring – also very common but should minimize with application of moisturizers as prescribed

Other risks and side effects include:

  • Moderate: Prolonged redness, Transient postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, Delayed hypopigmentation
  • Severe: Hypertrophic scarring, Disseminated herpes simplex or staphylococcal skin infections, Ectropion (permanently drooped eyelids)

Should you encounter any of the moderate to severe complications, make an emergency visit to your doctor for proper treatment and management.

FAQs:

Carbon Dioxide Laser Treatment

What is the recommended number of CO2 laser treatments in order to achieve optimum results?

This should be explained by your doctor before the treatment. But generally, one full treatment should suffice. However, for deeper skin lesions such as deep moles, 2 – 3 treatments may be needed.

 

When can the first positive results be expected?

Results should be visible within just 1 treatment with the CO2 laser. You can almost immediately see finer and smoother skins with removal of wrinkles, scars, spots, or pigmentations.

 

But this will also depend on your skin condition. Some patients take 3 -5 treatments to achieve the results they want. Collagen regeneration will happen at this time so you can expect better results after some time. For maintenance of your beautiful glowing skin, going back for yearly follow-up treatment is recommended.

 

How many treatments with the CO2  laser are necessary?

This depends on your goals and expectations of treatment which you should discuss with your doctor prior. The condition and health of your skin will also play a role in the effectiveness of the process. Some are already pleasantly satisfied after the first treatment, while others may need up to 5 or more.

 

Can I go into the sun after a treatment with the CO2 laser?

Sun exposure should be strongly avoided. Use the recommended sun protection if you will be exposed to the sun to prevent risks of sun damage or even scarring.

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