Laser Skin Resurfacing with CO2RE

We offer Co2Re Laser Resurfacing in Glasgow from our clinic — the Aesthetic Medicine Institute

Laser skin resurfacing is a procedure designed to improve the appearance and function of the skin. It is normally used to treat signs of sun damage or scarring, especially old acne scars, but it can also reduce facial wrinkles, age spots, and other skin imperfections on the face and body.

As far as full-face cosmetic treatments go, laser resurfacing is an effective non-surgical procedure with little downtime.

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How Does Laser Resurfacing Work?

Laser resurfacing is a skin rejuvenation method. The technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at irregular skin, precisely removing skin layer by layer. A CO2RE laser is used to burn away the top layers of the skin, resulting in healing responses from beneath the skin’s surface. This is because when the skin heals, it normally heals itself to a more youthful and healthy condition.

When laser skin resurfacing was initially developed, the entire surface of the skin was removed during hte procedure. This typically resulted in a long healing period and a high risk of side effects, which caused laser resurfacing to fall out of fashion for a while.

The Introduction of Fractional Laser Technology

More recently, laser resurfacing treatments have progressed with the introduction of ‘fractional’ technology. Fractional technology allows us to treat only a ‘fraction’ of the skin with the use of microscopic laser beams, which leaves behind some normal tissue. Leaving behind this normal tissue allows the skin on the face to heal much more rapidly, reducing the downtime and the risk of side effects whilst still achieving excellent results in most cases.

If you have questions about laser skin resurfacing in Glasgow, contact us for guidance on the right procedure for you.

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CO2RE Laser Skin Resurfacing

The CO2RE is a market-leading state-of-the-art laser for fractional resurfacing that is extremely versatile. The settings of the CO2RE laser can be varied enormously, depending on what your skin needs and your aesthetic goals.

Treatments can target and rejuvenate your whole face and neck or you can just target specific age spots, imperfections, or areas with pigmentation issues. This makes laser resurfacing an effective treatment for wrinkles and skin laxity, as well as for general skin rejuvenation.

The skin irregularities and signs of sun damage that are usually improved with these laser treatments include:

• Rough skin texture

• Fine lines

• Wrinkles

• Pigmentation

• Open pores

• Acne or surgical scars

• Skin laxity (sagging skin)

Broadly speaking we have two different skin treatments when using the CO2RE laser:

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1. Light resurfacing for skin rejuvenation

This is a milder treatment, associated with minimal discomfort. It is usually carried out as a course of either three or five treatments, spaced one month apart.

Following each of these treatments, you can expect your skin to look red and sunburnt for three or four days, with some light shedding of skin for around one week, and full recovery after a week.

Results look to rejuvenate and tighten the face and neck area, improve the appearance of lines, and give you a more youthful look overall.



2. Deeper resurfacing for more advanced sun damage or acne scarring

This is a more intense treatment designed for severe forms of sun damage or acne scarring. There is more discomfort associated with this procedure and there is a more intense recovery period.

The skin will be very red for the first week following treatment, so most people will need at least one week off work following the laser procedure. After a week there will be some ongoing redness, which can persist for up to three months following treatment.

After the initial healing period there is a longer-term healing process under the skin of the face, characterised by the remodelling of collagen. This means the final results are often not appreciated until three months after treatment. The new collagen can also tighten the facial skin, thus reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

This is usually a ‘one-off’ procedure, but for more severe cases, two or three more treatments may be required.



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