CO2 Resurfacing

The goal is to make skin firmer/tighter with a more even tone, texture and luminosity

Laser resurfacing using Co2 laser is a renowned, safe and effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions.

CO2 Resurfacing

Uses | Treatment Protocol | Instructures & Recovery | FAQs

About CO2 Lasers

Laser resurfacing using CO2 laser is a renowned, safe and effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions. CO2 lasers connect with the water component in tissue. The aim is to create a small amount of damage, the recovery from which improves a variety of conditions. There are 2 ways to signal the body to create new collagen. These are to apply either heat, or mechanical damage. This has to be done in a controlled way to reduce the risk of adverse reactions and stimulate long term new collagen.

1 single treatment - £350 - £650

Price varies depending on area of treatment and type of CO2 mode

4 treatments - £1,240 - £2,250

Price varies depending on area of treatment and type of CO2 mode

6 treatments - £2,000 - £5,000

Price varies depending on area of treatment and type of CO2 mode

Application and Uses

The Silvery blue device has three specialist and unique settings. One setting allows for very superficial resurfacing ( similar to a mild peel), which is commonly used ahead of special events or as an anti-ageing treatment or as a maintenance program after a more intense resurfacing procedure . The second setting is a little more intense and aims to correct bigger issues such as acne scarring.

The Silvery Blue CO2 device delivers it’s beam in a fractional mode. Fractional laser means that recovery is often quick and downtime reduced. This means that it causes micro injuries that simultaneously fracture the surface of the skin and deliver safe levels of heat to the tissue.. These actions simultaneously trigger new collagen growth in 2 different ways over a period of weeks and months.

Conditions

There are many conditions which can be helped with CO2 lasers as follows:

  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Lax skin 
  • Mature Skin
  • Uneven Skin
  • Scars and acne scars
  • Vaginal Laxity ( see Nu-V)
  • Enlarged pores

Treatment Protocol

Patch test

For safety reasons, most insurance companies require a patch test to be completed ahead of the first procedure. We undertake this 24-48 hours ahead of a full treatment The reason for this is to ascertain your skin type and expected reaction to the main treatment. The site chosen for this is close to the proposed site of the main treatment, but inconspicuous.

3 different energy levels are used to enable the practitioner to determine the most effective setting that is also safe for your skin. Contact gel is applied and a shot is required to discover your comfort level and best skin reaction. There will be some reddening at the site for a few hours, which is normal.

During the treatment

At the time the shot is fired you will feel some heat enter the tissue. This is mild and does not persist. Some clients have described it as if an elastic band were to be flicked against the skin, others like a pinprick, or compared to a waxing. It is momentary.

There will be some form of cooling applied ( cold compresses or a cold air blower) to reduce the warmth, and usually a serum or cream applied before you leave the clinic.

On the day of the treatment

On the day of the procedure, you will arrive at the clinic to complete a consent form and revisit your health questionnaire with your practitioner. Usually a local anaesthetic cream is applied to the area for up to 20 minutes to reduce in-treatment discomfort.

Just before the treatment the cream is removed and the area cleansed. The practitioner will treat the chosen area methodically. You may feel some discomfort at the time the handset is fired, and this is normal and very transient. This part takes up to 20 monists depending on the area to be treated. The handset is then applied to the skin and a shot fired. You will both be wearing safety glasses.

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Program

Depending on the area to be treated the protocols may vary, but as a guide or facial rejuvenation the recommended program is 3-5 sessions spaced at 4-6 weekly intervals. The results are assessed in clinic at regular intervals.

Procedure and recovery

It is imperative that you follow your practitioners instructions. You will be given a leaflet with these in and have it explained during your treatment. These instructions are to enable you to recover quickly and safely with minimal risk of infection or scarring.

You can expect some swelling, discomfort, oozing and likely crusting of the skin in the coming days. This is normal and part of the healing phase.

It is vital to keep the area moisturised as directed, and to touch the skin as little as possible. You must not pick at the skin, not matter how tempting. The crust is there to protect the healing skin and reduce the risk of infection which could cause scarring. It will be come itchy as the skin retracts, this is normal.

If you are prone to touching the area, you may be advised to regularly use hand sanitiser.

Make-up must not be worn until the crusting subsides, and mineral based make-up applied with clean brushes recommended thereafter.

In some cases you may be given a prescription or supply of antibiotics. You must get in touch with your practitioner if you have any concerns at the earliest opportunity.

Recovery

In the case of the lighter resurfacing, down time is very short (1-3 days), the more aggressive resurfacing may take longer ( 5-7 days) You must stay out of sunlight as the risk of sun damage and hyperpigmentation is greater during recovery time.

Most patients avoid social situations until the crusting has resolved and noticeable softness has returned.

Contraindications

There are very few reasons that a patient is unsuitable for laser resurfacing. A few of these are listed below. All patients are required to complete some simple health Questions and a skin health analysis to enable the practitioner to select the best course of treatment.

  • Active acne ( this may need calming before some treatments, but may benefit from more superficial peels ahead of a more aggressive program)
  • Sunburn
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • Some long term health conditions that affect healing
  • open or unidentified lesions in the area to be treated
  • Immune system deficiencies
  • Recent laser resurfacing, peel or surgery
  • High blood pressure
  • Exposure to sunlight imminent ( including use of sunbeds)
  • Allergies to any active ingredients
  • Active Herpes Simplex ( cold sore virus) or recent cold sore
  • Presence of keloid scars 
Risks:
Short term risks include prolonged redness of the skin, tenderness and tingling and an increase in sensitivity Rarely laser treatment can trigger dormant viruses such as herpes simplex. We mitigate this by ensuring you are fully fit pre-procedure, ad if you have had numerous cold sores in the past, we may give you some preventative medicine

Long term risks usually arise from not following strict post procedure guidance. Occasionally there may be a temporary alteration in skin pigmentation, especially in darker skins, which usually resolves itself in time.

FAQs

Where can I get the treatment?

There are a variety of clinic sites that you may attend across the UK. The level of peel available will depend on the skill set of the practitioner and level of training received.  Only own approved practitioners are able to provide the treatment, and will have this denoted on the clinic web page and the practitioner will have a certificate.

What is used?

The type of treatment offered will ultimately be selected based on your required outcomes, budget and the most appropriate  level of resurfacing required for maximum effectiveness. You may be offered a variety of choices and our practitioner will explain these to you.

How is the downtime?

This will be determined by the type of treatment you have, and your ability to recover, and adherence to post procedure instructions.  Most of the downtime expected is in a matter of days, whereas the advanced procedures may be up to a week.

Is it painful?

Depending on the treatment and use if anaesthetic cream, there are a variety of sensations to be expected. Some include tingling, a feeling of heat, and tightness during and after the treatment. It is important that any discomfort be reported to the practitioner. More discomfort does not always mean more effectiveness.

Is this treatment safe?

Laser resurfacing, is  very safe when delivered by specially trained practitioners and with careful adherence to post procedure care instructions.

Silvery Blue

What makes us unique?

Silvery Blue aims to reshape the healthcare and aesthetic industry with innovative ideas & technologies while preserving the essence of natural health and well being of human being. Our strategy is to empower medical and aesthetic professionals around the globe with a holistic approach to treatment and care. We provide a complete one stop solution from training, treatment, equipment supply, product delivery to quality control and compliance; all under one umbrella – “Silvery Blue”.

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