Different types of lasers are currently used in medical and cosmetic procedures, so it’s understandable that patients want to know the benefits of each option.
All lasers used for skin treatments works by removing outer layers of skin to encourage new, improved skin cells to grow underneath. CO2 lasers are outstanding in providing results for deep treatments, which is why it’s such a popular piece of equipment across the offices of aestheticians and doctors in both Canada and the US.
Reducing Scaring Worries with CO2 Lasers
Lasers work by using light beams at high energy directed at a very specific spot. The high energy can produce a large amount of heat that’s hot enough to damage tissue if it’s not properly controlled.
CO2 lasers limit the heat produced without sacrificing power, so it can penetrate deeply into your skin, making it a great tool for treating deep wrinkles in the skin. The equipment is so useful, it’s often used by doctors to operate on the sensitive tissues around the eyes and mouth.
How CO2 Lasers Can Help
Beautiful skin has a number of components: a sturdy web of collagen and elastin underneath your skin and unblemished skin cells.
The CO2 laser is effective on the following skin imperfections:
The CO2 laser ablates the existing skin, forcing new and fresh looking skin cells to replace the pigmented ones. At this depth, collagen and elastin growth are encouraged, helping to improve the supporting structure.
How Does a CO2 Laser Work?
Different lasers generate a high energy beam in their own ways. A CO2 laser use a tube filled with a gas mix containing about 10%-20% carbon dioxide to excite electrons. The light beams are pulsed and scattered at a very high rate, which effectively rejuvenate the face while still protecting the skin.
CO2 and Erbium Lasers
Many clinicians will have both these lasers since one is used to treat deep lines while the other is for multiple fine lines. Healing time varies from person to person, but it takes about two weeks for the redness and swelling to subside with the CO2 laser. A treatment using the Erbium laser will require about half the time to recover.
With the minimal heat damage, the CO2 laser is incredibly safe and widely used by professionals across the world.
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