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CO2 Fractionated Laser Skin Resurfacing in Denver and Boulder

This treatment targets sun damage, brown spots, poor skin tone, wrinkles, and scars – all with the precision that only a laser can deliver.

What is laser skin resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing uses a fractionated CO2 laser, a highly concentrated beam of light, to remove layers of skin in a precisely controlled manner to rejuvenate and tighten. Also known as a laser peel, this treatment can reduce photodamage, facial brown spots, poor skin tone, wrinkles, and scars while stimulating collagen. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Today’s advanced laser technologies provide a new level of control during the laser skin resurfacing treatment, giving our Denver and Boulder patients excellent results, especially in delicate areas. 

Reduce the appearance of the following: 

  • Photodamaged skin 
  • Brown spots
  • Sallow skin tone
  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines or wrinkles 
  • Acne scars

The new skin that forms following treatment will be smoother and firmer.  

How does laser skin resurfacing work?

Laser skin resurfacing uses precisely targeted beams of light to penetrate below the surface of the skin, removing the damaged outer layer while stimulating growth of new collagen fibers in the layers underneath. Prior to treatment, you may receive a local anesthetic to numb the treatment areas. 

During treatment, as the laser moves across your face, you may feel heat and tingling. The entire process typically takes about 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. A resurfacing of the face, neck, and chest can take up to 2 hours. At the end of your procedure, a soothing, protective ointment will be applied. 

During your consultation for laser skin resurfacing at Denver Dermatology Center, you can discuss whether laser therapy alone will meet your cosmetic goals, or whether additional treatments such as BOTOX® or JUVÉDERM® would enhance your results.

What is recovery from laser resurfacing like?

Pre-treatment with a skin care routine is required. Following your procedure, the treated areas will be covered with a non-irritating moisturizer, and you will be given a skin care routine to follow closely for the next 2 weeks. 

Following laser skin resurfacing, many Denver and Boulder patients may experience crusting and swelling for up to 3 days. Within 5 to 7 days, your skin will become dry and peel. The treatment has a recovery time of 7 to 14 days, and it can be used on the face, neck, chest, and hands. Once the skin heals, you can wear makeup to conceal redness, which generally fades within 3 weeks. During the recovery period, you will need to wear sunscreen for protection.