When Is It Time for a CO2 Laser? AT DERMACARE SAN DIEGO

Published: October 18, 2023
Category: Blog
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The older you get, the more you start noticing the subtle signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles are beginning to form, your skin loses its firmness, and you notice pigmentation spots all over the face. An efficient way to correct all of these imperfections and reduce their intensity is by using a CO2 laser

But how do you know when you should get a laser resurfacing treatment? Are there any signs that make you a good candidate? Let Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics help! We use our expertise and knowledge to determine the right time for a laser treatment.

What Is a CO2 Laser?

A CO2 laser uses targeted light beams to remove superficial layers from the skin. It is often a laser resurfacing treatment for men and women with mature skin, but it can be useful for anyone with skin imperfections.

CO2 lasers can be ablative and fractional. Ablative lasers release constant beams of light, vaporizing the skin tissue. The treatment is more aggressive and has a longer recovery period, but it also offers more dramatic results. Fractional CO2 is delivered through pulses, offering less discomfort and a shorter recovery time.

At Dermacare, we can determine which type of CO2 laser works best for your skin and your needs. Ablative lasers are often recommended for people with lighter skin, whereas fractional lasers are usually provided to women and men with darker skin tones. This is done to improve efficiency and decrease the chances of hyperpigmentation and other side effects. 

Good Candidates for CO2 Laser

Good candidates for CO2 lasers are usually trying to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots on their face and body. This type of laser can break down excess melanin formation, making it a good choice for all kinds of spots on your skin. Since this treatment has the potential to break down pigment, a consultation may be necessary if you have a darker skin tone.

If you have any underlying health conditions, then you should wait until your body heals before you get the treatment. Antiviral medication or prescription drugs that cause skin sensitivity should be stopped at least three days before the treatment. Smoking can also potentially interfere with the healing process, which is why you should quit about two weeks before your appointment. 

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Signs You Need CO2 Laser

When you need a CO2 laser, you will likely see the signs first. Here are the most notable ones: 

  • You Have Fine Lines and Wrinkles

The CO2 laser is often recommended to improve collagen production in men and women with mature skin. Therefore, if you notice fine lines and wrinkles on your face, it may be time to schedule a treatment.

  • You Have Baggy Eyes

The older you get, the higher the chances are that your eyes will become baggy (i.e., hooded). CO2 laser can improve your collagen and elastin production, tightening the skin, and reducing the appearance of baggy, tired eyes. 

  • You Have Sun Damage and Pigmentation Issues

Strong UV rays can lead to a series of side effects like wrinkles, tough texture, and excess pigmentation. The CO2 laser can help break down excess melanin and improve collagen production, making your skin texture smoother. The treatment is particularly effective for hyperpigmentation, age spots, and sunspots.

  • You Have Acne Scars

Acne scars often happen as a result of insufficient collagen production, causing a gap to form in your skin. CO2 lasers can help stimulate collagen, reducing the appearance of acne scars. 

A Fresh Look With CO2 Laser

The CO2 laser can be a very efficient tool to remove all kinds of spots and imperfections. Often recommended for people with mature skin, it can reduce the signs of aging while evening your skin texture. Contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics and schedule a consultation to see if a CO2 laser treatment is right for you.


For more information about CO2 lasers, please contact Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics at 858-230-8040 or 760-206-8926. We have offices in San Diego and Carlsbad where you can set up an appointment. Fill out our online contact form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.