Laser Skin Resurfacing in Palm Beach, FL

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About Candela CO2RE

The Candela CO2RE laser skin resurfacing system is a groundbreaking, nonsurgical procedure that uses pulsating beams of laser light energy to eliminate damaged skin one layer at a time.  Not only does the CO2RE fractionated CO2 laser resurface the skin, but it also is a fantastic wrinkle reducer and treatment for tough pigmentation problems.  The treatment, available at DeRosa Center Plastic Surgery in Palm Beach, FL, is ideal for addressing facial lines and improving skin irregularities, like acne scars, pigmentation, sun damage, and other issues. As an advanced fractional skin resurfacing laser, CO2RE targets the superficial and deeper layers of the skin, allowing treatment to be tailored to individual needs for softer, clearer, younger-looking results. If you are searching for an effective solution for wrinkle reduction, facial blemishes, and other cosmetic concerns, schedule a visit with facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Jaimie DeRosa, and her team to learn if CO2RE laser skin resurfacing can meet your aesthetic goals.

Ideal Candidates

CO2RE laser skin resurfacing is designed to target common signs of aging and complexion concerns, including sun-damaged skin, age spots, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, or redness. This technology can also be effective in smoothing the appearance of rough skin texture, scaly patches, or other irregularities. Laser skin resurfacing may not be suggested for men and women with very dark skin or active acne outbreaks. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the recovery period that follows laser skin resurfacing treatments. Certain patients, based on the condition of their skin, may need up to 2 – 3 weeks to fully recover.  Most patients will be back into their regular activities and social events within 1 - 2 weeks.

Procedure Technique

When a more intense or deeper laser resurfacing treatment is anticipated, you may be given a topical antipigmentation cream, such as 4% hydroquinone, to help reduce the risk of PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation).  We also over recommend preparing the skin with a topical, such as Alastin's nectar, which gets the skin ready for treatment, to use for 2 -3 weeks before your laser treatment.  Always a DeRosa Center favorite, a retinoid cream may be used to also prepare your skin, and you will discontiue the use of a retinoid or retinol 2 weeks before your laser procedure.  These topical creams used before the laser resurfacing treatment help prepare the skin for maximum results.  If you have a history of cold sores and the mouth area is going to be treated, be sure to let your provider know beforehand, since we will want to prescribe an antiviral medication for you to take before and after the laser treatment to decrease the risk of a cold sore outbreak.

Sedative medication may be suggested prior to the treatment to help increase comfort throughout your appointment. If your skin only needs mild correction, a topical anesthesia may be used to numb the specific areas the laser will target. During the CO2RE procedure, we will have you relax comfortably in our treatment chair while the laser is passed over your skin, precisely targeting the designated treatment sites. You will feel the warmth from the laser followed by cold air from the system's built-in cooling device. The laser energy is designed to eliminate damaged skin cells while also stimulating new collagen production.

What to Expect

Immediately after your Candela CO2RE laser resurfacing treatment, your DeRosa Center Palm Beach provider will apply an ointment to the treated skin, and then you can return home to recover. The skin will look red, irritated, and possibly swollen, similar to a bad sunburn, but, for lighter skin resurfacing treatments, these effects should subside within a couple of days.  If you are receiving a deeper laser skin treatment, your recovery may last for a few weeks.  Pain is minimal after treatment, but, if needed, pain medication may be prescribed to minimize post-treatment symptoms and enhance your comfort as your skin heals. UV exposure should be limited after laser skin resurfacing treatments, and sun protection should be applied frequently once your skin is past the initial healing period.  For all laser intensities, the skin typically will naturally flake, crust, and peel off. It is important to avoid picking at the skin, as this can cause scarring, damage, and a slower healing response.  Once the peeling process is complete, your skin should feel softer and appear younger, clearer, and radiantly rejuvenated.

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A Softer, Clearer Complexion

Candela CO2RE laser skin resurfacing from DeRosa Center Plastic Surgery can offer outstanding results for those wishing to fight the signs of aging and enjoy a more youthful, clearer complexion. If you are curious about laser resurfacing and want to hear more about its benefits, or discuss other treatment options, schedule your appointment with Dr. DeRosa or Jessica Zalutko, PA-C at our Palm Beach, FL location today.

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