CO2 Laser Resurfacing: Erasing Deep Wrinkles and Acne Scars

Caucasian woman patient on laser procedure skin resurfacing in aesthetic medicine

The quest for flawless and youthful skin has been a constant pursuit for many. As we age, our skin undergoes various changes, including the development of deep wrinkles and acne scars. Thankfully, advancements in medical aesthetics have provided us with innovative solutions to address these concerns. One such solution is CO2 laser resurfacing. In this blog, we will explore the wonders of CO2 laser resurfacing, its benefits, and what you can expect from this revolutionary cosmetic procedure.

Understanding CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 laser resurfacing is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that uses a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to treat various skin issues, including deep wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and age spots. This technique is particularly effective because it removes the outer layers of damaged skin, stimulating collagen production and revealing fresh, healthier skin underneath.

CO2 lasers work based on the principle of using highly concentrated light energy to remove layers of damaged or aged skin. These lasers emit a precise wavelength of light in the infrared spectrum, which is absorbed by water molecules in the skin cells. When the laser energy is applied to the skin’s surface, it heats up and vaporizes the targeted tissue, effectively removing it layer by layer. This controlled ablation process not only eliminates the damaged skin but also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin fibers in the deeper layers, promoting skin tightening and rejuvenation. CO2 lasers are highly precise and customizable, allowing healthcare professionals to tailor the treatment to each patient’s specific needs, whether they are seeking to reduce wrinkles, diminish scars, or improve skin texture and tone.

Benefits of CO2 Laser Resurfacing

There are many benefits of CO2 Laser Resurfacing, including: 

  • Wrinkle Reduction: CO2 laser resurfacing is highly effective at reducing deep wrinkles and fine lines, making it an excellent choice for those looking to turn back the clock on their skin’s appearance.
  • Scar Revision: This procedure can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars and other types of facial scars, giving you a smoother complexion.
  • Even Skin Tone: CO2 laser resurfacing can address issues like age spots and sun damage, helping to achieve a more even skin tone and texture.
  • Minimal Downtime: While there is some downtime associated with CO2 laser resurfacing, it is relatively minimal compared to other invasive procedures. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week.
  • Long-lasting Results: The results of CO2 laser resurfacing can last for several years, making it a cost-effective solution for achieving younger-looking skin.

The Procedure

  1. Consultation: Before undergoing CO2 laser resurfacing, it is essential to consult with a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the practitioner will assess your skin’s condition, discuss your expectations, and determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure.
  2. Preparation: If you are deemed a suitable candidate, your practitioner will provide pre-treatment instructions, which may include discontinuing certain skincare products and medications.
  3. Anesthesia: CO2 laser resurfacing can be performed with local anesthesia or sedation, depending on the extent of the treatment and your comfort level. Your practitioner will discuss the best option for you during the consultation.
  4. The Procedure: During the procedure, the laser is precisely calibrated to target the damaged skin layers. It removes the outermost layers of skin, vaporizing them and creating micro-injuries in the process. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process and encourage collagen production, leading to firmer, smoother skin.
  5. Recovery and Aftercare: After CO2 laser resurfacing, it’s essential to follow your practitioner’s post-treatment instructions carefully. This may include applying specialized skincare products, avoiding sun exposure, and staying hydrated. Initially, you may experience redness, swelling, and some discomfort, but these side effects typically subside within a week or two.


CO2 laser resurfacing is a powerful and versatile cosmetic procedure that can erase deep wrinkles and acne scars, among other skin imperfections. If you’re considering this treatment, consult with a board-certified practitioner to determine if it’s right for you. With proper care and patience during the recovery process, you can enjoy the long-lasting benefits of smoother, more youthful skin. Say goodbye to wrinkles and scars and hello to a revitalized, radiant complexion with CO2 laser resurfacing.

Lee A. Kleiman a doctor at Anne Arundel ENT

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.