CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing

At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, we have one of the best CO2 Laser systems in the world.

How Does CO2 Skin Resurfacing Work?

The CO2 Laser fires a specific beam of light into the skin. This light is absorbed extremely well by the natural water in our skin and bodies. The water in the skin absorbs the light in a fraction of a second and becomes very hot then vaporizes, taking the skin with it. It is important to direct the CO2 Laser to target the desired area precisely.

Preparation and the procedure

Ideally 4weeks before your treatment you will start to use SPF 50 and avoid strong sunlight. If you are prone to pigmentation, you will use a serum or cream to prevent this. 

We prepare the skin on the day of treatment with a numbing cream and sometimes anaesthetic injections as well, to ensure the procedure is as comfortable for you as possible.

After the treatment, Vaseline is applied, and you will be asked to send daily photos to the Doctor for a week or so while it heals. Some patients opt for the Dermalux Phototherapy Treatment  to shorten recovery time.

Why do I need CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is used to treat a variety of issues such as:

  1. Loose skin upper and lower eyelids
  2. Fine lines and wrinkles anywhere on the face or neck
  3. Acne scarring
  4. Pores
  5. Sun damage
  6. Verrucae and Warts
  7. Skin tightening
  8. Generalised rejuvenation 

Is CO2 Skin Resurfacing Suitable for me?

The Carbon Dioxide Laser (CO2) is excellent for fine lines, Verrucae, Eyelids and Wrinkles. It is best used to treat white skin, skin types I-III. 

We do not use CO2 Laser to treat Asian or Dark skin because of the high risk of pigmentation and/or scarring in darker skin types.

Why Choose Zenith Cosmetic Clinics for Co2 Laser?

There are very few other clinics in the UK that have the variety of technology to treat all the different problems that present. You will not get the same results if the wrong laser is used, and this is where our expertise, knowledge and technology set us apart from others.


You will have numbing cream applied and sometimes also local anaesthetic injections to numb the skin as much as possible. CO2 is not completely pain free, but we do everything we can to make it as comfortable as possible for you.

You should expect to be at the clinic about 2 hours, this allows time for cream to work and treatment to take place.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing starts from £500 for small areas

The most important thing to understand about resurfacing is that all devices have advantages and disadvantages, we use a wide variety of different technologies, once we have made an accurate diagnosis of the underlying causes of your concern. Our different technologies include:

Depending on your desired outcome, CO2 treatment would normally take as little as 3-8 days to recover:

  • Fraxel Laser generally takes around 5 days
  • Fractora takes as little as 3-5 days
  • Morpheus 8 can take up to 2-5 days
  • EndyMed FSR has a recovery time of 1-2 days

Depending on the condition we are using CO2 Laser to treat, the system and the level of result you are aiming for, it could require anywhere between 1 and 6 treatments.

Acne scarring, together with active acne, especially in darker skin types, is best treated with Fractora  or Morpheus 8 . Somebody who wants either of these treatments but does not want the downtime, the best option for them would be EndyMed FSR . This is also safe on darker skin. 

Surgical scars are best treated by the Fraxel Laser which we find gives the best results of any treatment. There are no issues with Fraxel on darker skin types either.

Chemical Peels take away surface layers, as do Lasers, however for the same downtime Lasers give much more skin tightening than a peel would be able to do. This is because heat from the Lasers tightens the collagen of the skin and shrinks it. Peels generally do not do this because there is no heat. 

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Making treatments affordable

0% Finance Available

Patients are often concerned about affordability of a treatment. To help alleviate this concern we provide flexible payment plans to suit your budget.

We can offer six months 0% interest option for any procedure over the value of £1000. Interest bearing options are also available if you wish to spread your payments over a longer period of up to 5 years. Please contact our team on 0115 959 6999 for further details or click the link below.

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Multiple treatments advised for maximum results

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