Is There Any Downtime After CO2 Laser Treatments?

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Are you searching for complete skin rejuvenation in just one treatment? CO2 laser skin resurfacing can give you long-lasting improvements. The CO2 laser triggers skin renewal and collagen development for firmer, more even-toned skin that looks bright and youthful. 

What are CO2 Laser Treatments?

At ZENA Medical, we use the ECO2 laser system for skin resurfacing. This ablative fractional laser works by creating tiny areas of micro-damage surrounded by healthy skin. The micro-channels trigger the skin’s natural repair process, bringing vibrant new cells to the surface and stimulating collagen and elastin production. 

How Does CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Work?

The ECO2 allows your dermatologist to customize the intensity of your treatment depending on your skin concerns. The wavelengths of laser energy target red and brown pigments in the skin. It creates heat that removes unwanted pigments and creates micro-channels into the dermis. Because a CO2 laser treatment penetrates more deeply than other lasers, it can promote collagen and elastin production and trigger rejuvenation deep in the skin. 

Is There Any Downtime After CO2 Laser Treatments?

Your recovery time will depend on the intensity of your treatment. On average, you can expect five to seven days of redness and swelling. Avoid any sun exposure or harsh products during this time. Complete healing takes one to three weeks. Your dermatologist will give you instructions on which products you can safely use and how to care for your skin post-procedure for faster recovery. 

What Can CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Treat?

The ECO2 laser is our most intensive skin resurfacing tool with the power to address even significant skin concerns and signs of aging. CO2 laser treatments can improve skin’s overall appearance and texture as well as treating:

  • Lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Signs of aging
  • Skin laxity
  • Dullness
  • Enlarged pores
  • Acne scarring
  • Loose neck and jowl skin

Less intensive lasers may treat surface concerns, but they usually do not work deeply enough to produce the changes you can achieve with a CO2 laser. Only a skilled and experienced dermatology professional should use these powerful but highly effective lasers. 

What Results Will I See With CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

You can start to see results within a few days after treatment, although they will become more noticeable as the redness fades. Your skin will look brighter and more rejuvenated almost immediately. Firmness and improvements in skin tone can take several weeks as your skin increases its collagen production. You can expect your results to last three to five years or more. 

Am I a Good Candidate for CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you want to see smoother, firmer, more youthful skin, you might be a good candidate for CO2 laser skin resurfacing. Ideal candidates have reasonable expectations for their results. If you plan to have laser skin resurfacing, commit to a sun protection routine to help your new collagen last longer. 

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about CO2 laser skin resurfacing, we encourage you to schedule a private consultation at ZENA Medical in Newport Beach, California today. Call us at (949) 200-8222 or fill out our convenient contact form on We look forward to meeting you!


*Individual Results May Vary

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