CO2 Laser Treatment in Gainesville, FL
Dr. Poser is pleased to offer CO2 laser treatment to his patients, which is a convenient outpatient procedure that utilizes a short, pulsated beam of light to penetrate the skin and remove skin cells one layer at a time, revealing a fresh, youthful complexion. Acclaimed as one of the leading anti-aging and skin-perfecting procedures available, this treatment option reduces the appearance of scars, sun damage, fine lines and wrinkles, leaving skin smoother and more evenly toned.
Laser Treatment Process
Before the cosmetic procedure, an anesthesiologist may inject sedation medication through an IV placed in the arm. However, Dr. Poser’s Gainesville plastic surgery office uses a conscious sedation method whenever possible, which is a more gentle process that ensures that the patient is able to recover and return to a normal routine as soon as possible, often the same day of the procedure. Simple numbing injections at the site of the laser application are also an option for many patients.
During a CO2 laser treatment, collagen production is stimulated by the removal of damaged tissue at the microscopic level. This is accomplished largely through the evaporation of water in the surface cells by the beam’s light. While patients may become aware of a warm sensation during the procedure, most report feeling no discomfort. Appointment times for CO2 laser skin resurfacing are generally short and little recovery time is required. However, patients may wish to be accompanied by a driver or caretaker who can fill prescriptions and handle other immediate concerns after the procedure.
After the appointment, patients will be given specific instructions on proper care and maintenance. Over-the-counter pain relievers are often sufficient to remedy any irritation that may result in the days following the procedure, while creams and medication may be prescribed to alleviate itching and to prevent infection. For several days after the appointment, redness, peeling and perhaps some swelling is to be expected, but for most patients these side effects are cosmetic only in nature and are not associated with any discomfort. Makeup can usually be applied seven to ten days after the appointment to disguise temporary effects, if desired, and the continued daily application of a pre-approved sunscreen product is recommended. After two weeks, patients should begin to see the return of a healthy, normal skin tone as well as the full effects of the laser rejuvenation treatment. Some patients may require more than one treatment if initial skin imperfections are severe, but many will only require a single session.
Gainesville Plastic Surgeon
The laser treatment results are powerful and long-lasting, and many patients report an eight to ten year lapse between the scheduling of appointments. In between treatment periods, patients can also continue to enjoy facials and other favored cosmetic enhancements to highlight their newly polished, younger looking complexions. Dr. Poser and his caring, knowledgeable staff can also recommend additional procedures and products to complement laser treatment in Gainesville, FL results in the months and years following the first session, ensuring that each patient’s individual goals and specifications are met with precision for a lifetime of beautiful skin.