Laser skin resurfacing uses a laser to remove thin layers of your skin. The laser beam destroys the outer layer of skin (epidermis). At the same time, the laser heats the underlying skin (dermis), which causes collagen fibers to shrink. As your skin heals, new skin forms that’s smoother and tighter.
Ablative laser resurfacing typically takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the technique used and the size of the area treated. It can take a few days to recover from the procedure, but your skin will continue to improve with time.
Watch this video to see how fractional CO2 laser resurfacing erases the signs of aging:
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