What is Traditional or Heavy CO2 Laser

Light Laser treatments make small differences, intense treatments make bigger differences. If you want to make a large change in one treatment then you are committing yourself to a more demanding and longer recovery time with some increased risk.

The CO2 laser targets water in the skin, vaporizing and removing it. Multiple passes can be made removing and heating more skin.

Who is a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following:

  • Sun damage
  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven pigmentation
  • Scarring – such as acne scarring
  • Loss of firmness

Who is not a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following:

  • Unrealistic expectations
    • Melasma and pigmentation problems

The Procedure

The procedure is performed in a safe and controlled environment under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia.

How long do I need to take off work?

Most patients take 7 – 14 days off work.

The recovery

Redness, swelling and peeling can last approximately 1 – 2 weeks.

Will there be discomfort?

You may experience a mild stinging sensation and it may feel hot in the area treated for several hours – ice packs will help this.

Pre and post Laser care

Your pre and post Laser care will be managed by our registered nurses and dermal therapists.

Risks and complications

There is a small risk of complications with any procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information.

I’m interested, what’s the next step?

Your first step is an initial consultation with the doctor who will be administrating the laser. If you have a referral letter you can claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If you are a suitable candidate for laser and you want to go ahead, a booking for laser will be scheduled.

Complimentary consultations

For a complimentary consultation, you may wish to speak with our nurse consultant or dermal therapist prior to seeing the doctor. During this consultation, you can discuss options to treat your concern(s).

For more detailed information on C02 Laser treatment, visit http://www.facialplastics.com.au/pd78-56/traditional-co2-laser-resurfacing/