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Laser Skin Resurfacing (CO2 Therapy)

The CO2 laser is a carbon dioxide laser used in skin resurfacing. Its effects are similar to those of chemical peels and microdermabrasion, except it removes skin layers by vaporization rather than with chemicals or a sanding device.

CO2 Skin Resurfacing
4 days
for ages

What is CO2 Skin Resurfacing?

CO2 Laser is a fractional laser system that is used to rejuvenate the skin. It does so by removing the skin layer using a laser with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface.

What is the procedure used for?

CO2 Skin Resurfacing is an effective way to smooth skin and tighten it at the same time, making it a great option to treat many conditions such as:

  • Sun damage (if more a brown colour, not red)

  • Acne scars

  • Rough texture

  • Enlarged pores 

  • Fine lines 

  • Skin laxity 

The CO2 laser is only used on the face and neck.

Who is CO2 laser treatment suitable for?

CO2 laser treatment is effective for all skin types although care is required for those who like tanning often. But is highly suitable for those with sun damage, acne scars, skin with a rough texture, enlarged pores, lines and skin laxity. Get in touch with our highly experienced Nottingham clinic to arrange your free consultation today. 

What happens during the procedure?

During the treatment the high energy laser damages the outer layers of the epidermis, which peel away as the skin heals. The laser also heats the dermis which stimulates new collagen production. As new skin cells develop the face will become smoother, firmer and more youthful in appearance.

What are the side effects or risks?

Your skin will be quite red and swollen for a few days after your procedure. It will look and feel like a bad sunburn. After a week, your skin may be slightly pink but you will look more like yourself and you'll notice that your skin is now much smoother.

Risks include:

  • Burning 
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Sensitive skin

What results can I typically expect from CO2 laser treatment?

After your skin has healed (usually after one week), you will notice that it is incredibly soft and smooth and perhaps a little bit pink. Over the weeks that follow, it will become firmer and look rejuvenated.

Before your procedure

We will apply a topical anaesthetic and use injections to numb the skin and make you comfortable.


It is important to protect your skin with SPF 50 after the treatment and we will recommend the correct creams to ensure your skin is properly moisturised. We would also recommend at least one session of Dermalux following this procedure to speed up the healing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the treatment hurt?

You will have both a topical (cream) and local anaesthetic applied to make you comfortable, but the procedure is not completely pain free.

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