If you are interested in CO2 laser treatment, you will begin by meeting with our clinic doctor for a consultation. During the consultation we will be able to review particular aspects that may affect your eligibility to undergo this procedure. For example, this treatment is not advisable for those suffering from diabetes, as they will have impaired healing, nor those on medications that cause photo (light) sensitivity as it can result in pigmentary complications. However, if you are a viable candidate, our doctor will be able to discuss an appropriate treatment plan with you to achieve optimum results.
According to the type of treatment you will be receiving, you may be asked to arrive at our clinic 30-60 minutes earlier than your appointment slot, so that a local anaesthetic can be applied to the treatment area, and will have time to take effect. During the procedure itself, you may feel some discomfort, but this is minimised thanks to the anaesthetic and the use of ice cooling during and after the procedure. The session may last up to 30 – 45 minutes depending on the area and nature of the problem being treated.
You can expect to see significant improvement in wrinkles and scars and skin quality in general even after the first session. However, for the maximum effect, it is best to opt for multiple sessions, and this will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. The skin will further continue remodelling itself after the treatment, therefore improvement will be continuous even months after the last session.
It is possible to experience side effects from CO2 laser treatment. Some possible side effects or complications one could experience are a slight burning sensation that may be felt for a few hours after, however this is minimised with ice cooling and gels post treatment. You may also experience swelling, crusting, or redness, however this is all part of the healing process. Rarely the skin becomes hypo- or hyper-pigmented. Using sunblock and avoiding sun during the treatment programme will minimise this risk. Infections and scars are a rare complication which can be avoided with the proper precautionary measures, discussed during the consultation.
CO2 laser treatments can also be combined with other procedures at Clinica Jóia for a more holistic approach such as intense pulsed light for skin improvement. Laser skin resurfacing is also often used to prepare face and neck skin prior to a surgical face and neck lift.