CO2 Laser Resurfacing in San Francisco
CO2 laser resurfacing produces a radiant, youthful complexion with a smooth and even skin tone and texture for men and women alike. CO2 laser treatment can also be used to treat skin discoloration, facial scarring, and other skin concerns. Amit Arunkumar, M.D., is a NYC-trained facial plastic surgeon who offers CO2 laser resurfacing in San Francisco to give patients a more vibrant appearance.
“My experiences with Dr. Arunkumar have been nothing short of amazing. His professionalism, bedside manner, skill, and artistic eye are second to none. I truly cannot say enough positive things about him, both as a physician and a human being. Dr. Arunkumar never makes you feel rushed. I felt comfortable asking as many questions as I needed and knew I was going to get a natural, wonderful result. If you are considering non-invasive procedures like injectables (Botox, filler), I strongly recommend you have a consultation with Dr. Arunkumar and experience for yourself how amazing he is!”
What Is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing renews the skin and helps treat pigmentation concerns and signs of aging. A fractionated CO2 laser uses microbeams evenly distributed over the skin’s surface in order to minimize downtime and achieve a comprehensive and effective treatment. The procedure is ideal for those who wish for clearer, softer, younger-looking skin.
Laser skin resurfacing with a CO2 laser is more aggressive than intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy and other laser treatments. The non-invasive procedure is known for achieving dramatic facial rejuvenation results.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing can treat:
- Sun damage
- Age spots
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Certain facial scarring from acne or trauma
Areas that CO2 Laser Resurfacing can treat include:
- Full face
- Upper and lower eyelids
Candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing
People who are unhappy with the appearance of their skin may qualify for laser treatment. CO2 laser resurfacing is especially beneficial for facial scarring, an uneven skin tone, and fine wrinkles. Dr. Arunkumar may recommend another non-surgical treatment or face procedure for those with sagging skin and deep wrinkles. Men and women with light to medium skin tones are ideal candidates. (Those with darker skin tones can experience hyperpigmentation.)
Prior to Your CO2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure
Dr. Arunkumar will meet with you for a thorough consultation to discuss your skin concerns and determine the right course of action to achieve a smoother and more even skin tone and texture. He will evaluate your skin, review your medical history and medications, and recommend the treatment or procedure that can deliver your desired results.
You may need to discontinue medications or supplements to prepare the skin and achieve optimal outcomes. Oral isotretinoin must be discontinued at least 6 months in advance. Dr. Arunkumar will provide instructions for preparing for CO2 laser resurfacing, which may include arriving with a clean face with no makeup or moisturizer.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure
CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are customized to the individual patient. CO2 laser treatments are routinely performed in the office setting using a topical anesthetic and oral medicine to numb the targeted area and ensure a comfortable experience. When a CO2 laser treatment is performed in conjunction with a surgical procedure, such as a deep plane face lift, the treatment is performed under sedation or anesthesia in the operating room setting at the time of surgery. Those patients who prefer a CO2 laser treatment under sedation or anesthesia may elect to have the treatment performed in our ambulatory surgery center.
Dr. Arunkumar most commonly performs laser treatments in our San Francisco office. He guides the laser over the skin, precisely targeting the damaged or aged tissue for selective facial rejuvenation or a full-face treatment. The laser removes damaged and dead skin cells, stimulates cell turnover, and promotes new collagen formation for firmer, stronger skin.
The CO2 laser resurfacing procedure takes approximately 30-45 minutes to perform, depending on the individualized treatment.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Recovery
Downtime after CO2 laser resurfacing depends on the individualized treatment. For mild treatments, Dr. Arunkumar applies a healing ointment and sends the patient home with some skin redness, irritation, and mild swelling that typically subsides within a few days. The skin may peel for up to one week after the procedure.
After more intensive treatment sessions, Dr. Arunkumar covers the skin with non-stick dressings and may prescribe medication to mitigate discomfort. Patients must be mindful about avoiding direct sun exposure and consistently using sun protection following the procedure.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Results
Patients will notice improvements in their skin texture and tone that progress as the tissues heal. Improvements continue to accrue over the course of several weeks to months. The treated skin continues to improve as the body builds up collagen to strengthen the skin and provide a firmer, more supple skin texture and appearance.
Why Choose Dr. Arunkumar in San Francisco
Dr. Amit Arunkumar is known for his impeccable bedside manner and thoughtful approach to planning laser treatments that meet an individual’s unique characteristics. He utilizes the most advanced technologies for laser treatments to achieve natural-looking results for his patients.