The CO2 laser is used in plastic-aesthetic surgery to treat wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, or the whole face. The ultrapulsed CO2 laser has been considered the gold standard in the treatment of wrinkles for years. This treatment method has replaced deep dermabrasion and the aggressive chemical peeling.
The intensity of the laser beam varies according to the skin type. The treatment can be carried out under local anaesthesia or sedation. During the treatment, the superficial vessels immediately close down, so that the skin at the end of the session appears red. The laser treatment rejuvenates the skin. In contrast to the Erbium YAG laser, which has solely an ablative (removal) effect, the CO2 laser also stimulates the formation of collagen in the deep tissues.
Mild to moderate scales develop during the procedure. These resolve in 5 to 7 days. The activation of collagen formation leads to a more elastic and firm skin. This effect takes several months to develop. The final result is only visible after about 6 months.