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Do CO2 lasers repair or damage your skin?
Age Spots, Brown SpotsSkin Cancer

I am unclear whether c02 lasers actually help your skin rebuild or do they break it down? Over 5 or 10 years will I be sorry that I did the c02 laser resurfacing? Or have people tracked patients years after to find out what the effects longterm are of these lasers?

I have a few deep smoker lines.

Also, if I just c02 the upper lip and lower face, do I run the risk of creating two skin colors? I am very light skinned. Or would I be better off doing the entire face?

Can the C02 remove redness and age spots? Or is that another laser?

Does it tighten skin?

How much do I increase my chances of getting skin cancer by doing this?

Thank you so much for your professional opinion,

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Cosmetic surgeon
Kennewick, WA
United States
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  CO2 lasers
October 3, 2012 5:53 PM

I would recommend using an erbium laser, probably ablative along deep lines and fractional over rest of face. It is always good practice to treat an entire aesthetic unit at one time, and (more)
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Plastic surgeon
Baltimore, MD
United States
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  CO2 Laser Resurfacing
October 1, 2012 12:12 PM

There are many options in CO2 laser resurfacing. CO2 Laser resurfacinf can be ABELATIVE, or FRACTIONAL and the fractional can be of different depth.
In general the deeper the skin (more)
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October 5, 2012 5:31 AM

thank you doctor for sharing your thoughts . now i am much clear about CO2 TREATMENT.what about chances of skin cancer?



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