Everything You Need to Know About CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Albany

Do you have imperfections and blemishes on your skin that bother you, give you anxiety, or steal your shine? If so, we feel you! Luckily, there are some fantastic ways to treat your skin to healthier, happier days! CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Albany is one of the best medical aesthetic treatments for those looking for tighter, firmer, smoother skin.

As the number one provider for CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Albany, and offering state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, discreet environment, Levitt Medical Aesthetics is the premier destination for any and all medical aesthetic endeavors. 

Ablative vs non-ablative laser resurfacing

CO2 lasers have the capacity to perform with customizable strength when treating your concerns. During your consultation, you and Dr. Levitt will discuss which type of laser can help you achieve your unique aesthetic goals!

Ablative

Ablative lasers use heat to create tiny micro wounds on the outermost layers of the skin, signaling to the skin cells that it’s time to start regenerating collagen and elastin. The hyper-production of these cells makes our skin smooth, firm, and young-looking!

Think of ablative lasers like working out. When you go to the gym, what you’re actually doing is creating little tears in your muscles. As the muscle heals, it promotes new growth, which improves your muscle’s strength and health! The exact same principles apply to ablative laser treatments. 

Non-ablative

Non-ablative, or non-wounding, lasers provide similar benefits to their ablative counterpart. They use heat and light to stimulate collagen growth which, over time, can smooth wrinkles, help heal scars, and promote firm and healthy skin. Non-ablative lasers are less invasive than ablative lasers, and require less downtime. However, they often require multiple sessions to see desired results.

About Cool Peel

Cool Peel is an innovative new technology that allows Dr. Levitt and the medical team to deliver the benefits of traditional CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany with very little downtime. Cool Peel can only be performed using SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser. The Tetra is the latest, most advanced CO2 laser from DEKA, a global leader in aesthetic technology. 

Using this technology, we can control the output of high energy in extremely short, precise pulses that target specific areas of treatment and leave the surrounding skin free of damage. This lack of unnecessary heat is how we achieve such short periods of downtime, while also delivering fantastic results!

CO2 Laser Resurfacing: the rundown

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is a skin treatment used to remedy a variety of aesthetic concerns, like signs of aging and hyperpigmentation. Laser therapy has long been used in the medical and aesthetic fields as a way to stimulate new cell growth. 

CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany is considered the gold standard of aesthetic laser resurfacing for many reasons. One of which is its long-lasting results. Laser energy deeply penetrates the skin and urges healthy new collagen and elastin production, which can give your skin a more youthful, plump appearance. 

Ideal candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing in Albany

Most adults in generally good health can enjoy the benefits of CO2 laser resurfacing. An ideal candidate may have mild-to-moderate signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, or sun spots. People with port-wine stains, rosacea, and other pigmentation issues may also benefit from CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany. If you’re unsure about your candidacy for this treatment, take our online consultation to see if CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany is right for you!

Treatable concerns

  • Age spots
  • Wrinkles
  • Fine lines
  • Scars
  • Acne scarring
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Rough texture

Where can I have CO2 laser resurfacing done? 

CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany can be done on nearly all parts of the body, but it is typically used to address concerns on the following areas:

  • Face
  • Chest
  • Neck
  • Hands
  • Arms
  • Shoulders

Recovery 

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Our CO2 laser resurfacing treatments are customized to your unique needs! If you’re someone who doesn’t have room to spare in your busy schedule for significant downtime, then Dr. Levitt might suggest a mild, non-ablative treatment plan with Cool Peel that requires absolutely no downtime. You may have to undergo a few treatment sessions over a period of a few months, however, in order to achieve optimal results!

If you are ready to kick your aesthetic concerns to the curb and have no qualms about a little recovery stay-cation, then we might recommend a stronger ablative treatment that requires about a week of downtime.

Redness and swelling is typical for all laser resurfacing, which subsides within 24 hours for most mild to moderate treatments. More intense treatments require up to a week of downtime for redness to fully subside. 

Check out our tips and tricks for skin care after a laser resurfacing treatment!

Results 

Depending on the level of intensity of your customized treatment, the timeframe of results can vary. Typically, you can expect to start seeing results within a week! After about 3 to 6 months you will see the full, gorgeous outcome of the procedure.  

Laser skin resurfacing is semi-permanent. Lifestyle, age, and diet all can affect the length of lasting results. Here are a few tips to maintain your results:

  • Stay hydrated
  • Don’t smoke
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Moisturize daily
  • Avoid tanning beds 

Pain management

During the procedure, some patients report a feeling of rubber bands snapping against the skin or a mild burning sensation. We always use the Zimmer chiller to help alleviate any excessive heat during the procedure. 

Most patients don’t require a numbing agent, but at Levitt Medical Aesthetics we take your comfort seriously, and are more than happy to provide topical numbing cream to anyone concerned about pain during the treatment. 

After the CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, most patients experience the feeling of a mild sunburn which can be alleviated with pain medication.

Combinable treatments 

Ready to take your CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment to the next level? Our laser ablative and non-ablative laser treatments can be paired during the same procedure with complementary treatments, so your visit with us is always tailored to your desired results!

Morpheus RF Microneedling

RF microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that uses tiny “micro” needles to penetrate into the deeper dermal layers. These needles release radiofrequency energy and stimulate collagen production while providing myriad benefits.

This particular treatment is fantastic at generating change on a cellular level, while CO2 laser resurfacing makes effective change to the epidermis, or most superficial layer of skin. Together, these two treatments are unstoppable in delivering long-lasting and dramatic results!

BBL Photofacial 

Our BBL Photofacial is a skin rejuvenation treatment that delivers wavelengths of light into the underlying dermal layers, restoring the dermal structures from inside out.

This treatment is particularly effective in breaking up unwanted pigmentation clumps, and combined with the CO2 laser’s precision in restoring rough texture and eliminating pore, these treatments make the perfect pair!

What to look for in a CO2 resurfacing provider

The decision of where to go for your skin rejuvenation treatments is an important one. You deserve to be safe and comfortable during your procedure. Here are a few things to consider when choosing your aesthetics provider:

State-of-the-art technology

Any aesthetic procedure requires the use of state-of-the-art technology. A trusted medical spa will not only use the best, most up-to-date, FDA-approved technology available, but will also have staff with intimate knowledge of how those technologies work.

Exceptionally trained, professional staff

It is our job as medical professionals to make you feel safe, informed, and at ease during the treatment from start to finish. You deserve to be in safe hands. 

During your med spa search, you can look through ‘about us‘ pages to see if the values of the company are up to your standards (and they should be high standards; this is your skin we’re talking about!).

Reviews 

Let those who have come before you help in deciding which laser treatment provider is best for you. Check out reviews to learn about other patients’ experiences.

CO2 laser resurfacing in review 

Looking for some quick, consolidated facts about CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany? Here’s a recap of the article!

  • CO2 laser resurfacing in Albany is a quick, effective way to treat signs of aging like wrinkles, sun spots, and sagging skin. 
  • Cool Peel is a non-ablative CO2 laser treatment that provides the same benefits of traditional CO2 laser treatments with very little downtime.
  • Laser treatments are customizable and can be combined with other treatments, such as BBL photofacial and microneedling.
  • One such customizable feature is the length of downtime. More intense treatments take fewer sessions for complete results, but require a longer recovery period. Mild treatments often have less than 24 hours of downtime, but may require a series of treatment sessions.
  • Most generally healthy adults with mild to moderate skin concerns can benefit from the procedure.
  • Levitt Medical Aesthetics is the premier destination for laser therapies of all kinds, offering state-of-the-art technology and a skilled, passionate team dedicated to your unique goals. 

Schedule a consultation with us!

So you’ve done the research and now you’re ready to take the next step? Book an appointment with us for a consultation so we can discuss your unique aesthetic goals and customize a treatment plan specifically for you! We can’t wait to meet you and guide you on your journey to happier, healthier skin!