CO2 Laser Resurfacing Montreal
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CO2 Laser Resurfacing Montreal - Improve your skin texture with our CO2 full face laser resurfacing

For Improved skin texture and reduced appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation issues, and acne scarring, CO2 Laser skin resurfacing delivers dramatic results.

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What is CO2 laser resurfacing?

CO2 or carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is a procedure that uses a laser to improve the appearance of skin or treat minor facial flaws by removing layers of skin. It’s become the go-to laser resurfacing option for treating a range of skin concerns including pigmentation, fine lines, deep wrinkles, acne scarring, skin sagging, and sun-damaged skin.

How does CO2 laser skin resurfacing work?

A CO2 Laser uses tiny laser beams to treat areas of the skin. Laser beams focus on the water in your skin and gradually remove tiny columns in your skin to a precise degree and depth. Your skin can promote rapid healing without affecting surrounding areas.

CO2 fractional lasers are known as ablative lasers that go deeper into the skin vs Fraxel lasers.

The practitioner will start by applying a local anesthetic, followed by the use of a handheld laser device which is used to scan across the face and neck in a grid-like pattern until the entire area has been treated.

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Who is a good candidate for laser CO2 resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a great procedure to treat one or more of the following skin concerns:

  • Age spots & warts
  • Scars
  • Mild or severe acne scars
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Saggy skin
  • Uneven skin tone
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What are the benefits of fractional laser treatments?

CO2 laser resurfacing is one of the most effective treatment options for skin concerns and improving skin appearance. Some of the main benefits include:

  • Deep skin rejuvenation. Ablative laser energy stimulates renewed elastin.
  • Reduced appearance of acne scarring.
  • Enhanced skin texture and tone
  • Improves the appearance of dull skin.
  • Even after treatment, patients see ongoing tissue tightening, increased skin firmness, and reduction in fine lines & wrinkles.
  • Promotes a more even, youthful, and rested appearance of the skin.
  • Removes dark spots
  • Helps with the appearance of surgical scars
  • An effective and minimally invasive alternative to plastic cosmetic surgery.

Laser skin resurfacing also promotes your natural collagen production resulting in a smoother, more even skin tone and appearance.

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What are the benefits of fractional laser treatments?

Before the CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, you will typically have a consultation with a facial specialist and doctor . During this consultation, they will evaluate your skin type and condition, discuss your medical history and any medications you are taking, and explain the risks and benefits of the treatment. They may also give you instructions on how to prepare for the treatment, such as avoiding sun exposure and certain medications.

On the day of the treatment, you will arrive at the clinic and have the treatment area cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. The treatment itself typically takes between 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the extent of the treatment. During the treatment, the laser will be applied to the skin in a controlled manner, removing the superficial layer of skin and stimulating the growth of new skin cells.

After the treatment, you may experience redness, swelling, and some discomfort. Your facial professional  may prescribe pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection. It is important to follow post-procedure instructions carefully, including avoiding sun exposure and certain skincare products, and keeping the treated area clean and moisturized.

In the first few days after the treatment, you may experience some peeling and crusting of the skin. This is a normal part of the healing process and should be expected. It is important to avoid picking at the treated area or applying makeup until the skin has fully healed. In the weeks and months following the treatment, you will notice a significant improvement in the appearance of your skin, with a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scarring.

It is important to keep in mind that the healing time and results can vary depending on the extent of the treatment, your skin type and condition, and your overall health. It is important to follow up with your facial professional regularly to monitor your progress and discuss any

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How should I prepare for my CO2 full face laser resurfacing?

Before undergoing C02 laser treatments, please ensure you have followed these pre-treatment instructions:

  • Discontinue any irritants or topical agents for 2-3 days before treatment.
  • If medically permitted, anticoagulants should be stopped 7 days before treatment.
  • If you are prone to cold sores, your doctor will prescribe you prophylactic medication to prevent reactivation.
  • Follow the pre treatment instructions that the clinic has provided you
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What is the recovery time from a CO2 laser procedure?

Co2 laser treatments are non-surgical and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, however, patients should prepare for 1-2 weeks of downtime before resuming social activities, work, and school. Here is what you can expect:

  • Immediately after the procedure, the first 3 hours you will experience discomfort similar to a bad sunburn. 
  • The treated area shows an erythema (redness). This redness can remain for a few days (7-14 days). In some cases, a pinkish appearance of the skin may last several weeks and/or even months (3-6) depending on the type of treatment.
  • You may experience small spots of bleeding and/or yellowish (plasma) discharge.
  • Swelling usually sets in within hours of the procedure and may last a few days.
  • The skin may feel warm and tighter than usual.  The redness will change the colour on the second day, appearing browner (tanning), and each subsequent day the colour will appear darker. You will notice that the process of peeling off the dark upper layers of skin cells will begin on about the fourth day. DO NOT RUB HARD or try to accelerate the exfoliation process.
  • You must apply only Aquafor or V-stat de vivier ointment for 7 days until the peeling process is complete (see post-treatment instructions below)
  • You may experience itching. In this case, you can apply a cortisone cream (Dr. Sami Moubayed prescription) starting day 3 post treatment and following the instructions. This prescription will be given the day of the procedure.
  • In some cases, temporary hyperpigmentation *HP may develop following the procedure and may last a few weeks or months. If this happens, a 4% hydroquinone cream will be prescribed by the Doctor.
  • Results vary from one individual to another and can be seen within 3 to 6 months following the procedure.
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What are the CO2 post-care instructions?

After your laser resurfacing treatment, follow these tips to promote healing and reduce the chances of negative side effects.

  • WASH YOUR HANDS THOROUGHLY, EVERY TIME, BEFORE TOUCHING YOUR FACE.
  • Immediately after the procedure, the professional will apply a thin layer of Aquaphor ointment. It is essential to continue this application for 7 days following the procedure. Repeat 4 to 5 times a day after each compress *water/vinegar if necessary. The skin should always have a thin layer of Aquaphor or Vstat Vivier ointment. If you are using a jar of ointment rather than a tube, it is important to NOT put your fingers directly into the jar. Please use a clean spoon or a tongue depressor to take the product.
  • The treated area must be washed only the day after the procedure. Clean with a mild cleanser (e. g. hexam-vivier) and use your fingers only. Do small circular motions and be gentle with the treated area. DO NOT use a washcloth to clean the treated area. 
  • For your comfort and to avoid infection (in a very rare case) for 7 days following the procedure, you must do the *compress with soak vinegar every 3-4 hours. *2 cups of cold water and one teaspoon of distilled white vinegar). Use a clean washcloth or 4×4 non-sterile pads and soak them in the solution. Place on the treated area for 5 minutes. After each compresses, reapply ointment if necessary. This step will also help to exfoliate dead skin cells over the next 7 days.
  • Following this routine for 7 days; clean every morning with gentle cleanser, do compresses with soak vinegar every 3-4 hours for 5 minutes and then reapply Aquafor or V-stat de vivier ointment after each compress if needed.
  • If you experience itching in the following days after the procedure, use the prescription cream and follow the application instructions. DO NOT rub hard or try to facilitate the exfoliation process. It is strongly recommended not to scratch to avoid any complications. You can also take an oral analgesic (e. g. benadryl) to help the itchiness and reduce the inflammation process.
  • Make-up application is not recommended FOR 14 DAYS following the procedure.You must avoid NATURAL SUNLIGHT and/or TANNING BOOTHS FOR AT LEAST 4 WEEKS following the procedure and WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERYDAY with a minimum of SPF 50 after the follow-up treatment (7-10 days after the procedure).
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Is full face CO2 laser resurfacing safe?

Complications with resurfacing are rare when performed by qualified professionals. Before any treatment occurs, a thorough clinical assessment is performed to ensure the safest, yet most effective treatment settings are selected.

Prescription medications and creams are used to improve skin healing and reduce the rate of complications.

What are the most common associated risks with CO2 laser resurfacing?

Potential and common risks or side-effects of CO2 laser skin resurfacing may be observed as follows: 

  • Pain
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Prolonged wound healing
  • Skin thickening
  • Herpes simplex dermatitis or cold sore reactivation
  • Skin itchiness
  • Pigmentation changes
  • Flash fires
  • Permanent scarring
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Who is NOT a good candidate to get CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment?

While laser treatments are great for most people, some should not have this laser procedure done.

  • Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI, or those using isotretinoin (Accutane®) within 6 months before treatment.
  • Active skin disease in the treated area
  • Bleeding disorder or any anticoagulant use in the last 7 days.
  • Skin resurfacing or surgery to the area in the last 3 months.
  • A pacemaker or any electrical implant in the body
  • Permanent implant in the treated area (such as titanium plates/screws, silicone implants, dental implants).
  • Botox, Dysport, or injectables in the last 7 days
  • Skin cancer in the treated area
  • Severe concurrent conditions (such as heart disorders, epilepsy, uncontrolled hypertension, liver/kidney disease)
  • Immune suppression
  • Poorly controlled diabetes or thyroid problems
  • Allergy to anesthesia.

If you’re unsure about your risks of getting a CO2 laser treatment, talk to your doctor or medical professionals at Clinique Face MD.

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CO2 laser resurfacing cost

How much does CO2 laser resurfacing cost in Montreal?

The cost of CO2 laser resurfacing in Montreal can vary depending on several factors, including the extent of the treatment, the area being treated, the location and reputation of the clinic, and the experience of the professionals performing the procedure.

In Montreal, the cost of CO2 laser resurfacing can range from approximately $1,000 to $5,000 or more, with an average cost of around $2,500 to $3,500 for a full-face treatment. However, it is important to note that these costs are estimates only, and the actual cost can vary depending on the individual case.

It is important to choose a reputable clinic experienced and certified cosmetic surgeons or dermatologists to ensure the safety and efficacy of the treatment. It is important to note that CO2 laser resurfacing is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not usually covered by health insurance plans, so patients are typically responsible for the full cost of the treatment. H6: CO2 laser resurfacing Montreal

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Learn more about CO2 laser resurfacing in Montreal

CO2 Laser Resurfacing is a cosmetic procedure that uses advanced laser technology to treat a variety of skin conditions, such as wrinkles, sun damage, and acne scarring. The procedure works by using light beams to remove the superficial layer of skin, allowing new skin cells to regenerate and improve the appearance of the skin.

CO2 Laser Resurfacing is an effective treatment for a variety of skin conditions, including wrinkles, sun damage, acne scarring, liver spots, rough texture, and stretch marks. It is also an effective treatment for skin laxity and loose skin.

Women and men with damaged skin and various skin conditions may be candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing. However, people with certain medical conditions, such as active acne or fungal infections, may not be suitable candidates for the treatment. It is best to consult with a specialist to determine if you are a candidate for laser skin treatment.

Fractional resurfacing and extensive resurfacing are two types of facial resurfacing techniques that use different laser technologies and have different levels of aggressiveness.

Fractional resurfacing is a type of non-ablative laser treatment that targets only a fraction of the skin with microscopic columns of laser energy. This leaves the surrounding skin tissue intact, allowing for faster healing with minimal thermal damage. Fractional resurfacing is often used to treat mild to moderate skin damage and is less aggressive than extensive resurfacing.

Extensive resurfacing, also known as full-face resurfacing, is a type of ablative laser treatment that removes the entire superficial layer of the skin. This is a more aggressive approach that is typically used to treat severe skin damage, deep wrinkles, and skin laxity. The treatment involves longer recovery time and a higher risk of complications such as scarring and infection.

Ablative laser treatments, such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, use high output power to remove the superficial layer of skin. Non-ablative laser treatments, such as fractional laser resurfacing, use lower output power to create microscopic columns in the skin, leaving the superficial layer intact.

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is an ablative laser treatment that removes the superficial layer of skin, while erbium laser resurfacing is a non-ablative laser treatment that creates microscopic columns in the skin. Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing is typically more effective for deeper wrinkles and skin laxity, while erbium laser resurfacing is typically better for treating mild to moderate skin damage and aging.

Fitzpatrick skin types IV-VI are not good candidates for the CO2 laser. The risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), which is the darkening of the skin after the treatment, is higher in patients with darker skin tones. Therefore, we  may recommend non-ablative treatments or other less aggressive treatments and less likely to cause PIH. It is important to follow post-procedure instructions carefully and avoid direct sun exposure to minimize the risk of PIH.

The healing time after CO2 Laser Resurfacing varies depending on the extent of the treatment. Patients can expect to experience redness, swelling, and mild scarring for several days to a few weeks after the procedure. It is important to follow post-procedure instructions carefully and avoid direct sun exposure and heavy sun exposure for several weeks after treatment.

There is a risk of bacterial infection after CO2 laser fractional resurfacing, especially if the patient has an existing medical condition or is taking certain medications. It is important to follow postoperative instructions carefully, including gentle cleansing and avoiding certain skincare products and acne medications. Healthcare professionals may recommend pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection.

The recovery process after CO2 Laser Resurfacing involves the natural healing process of the body, which can take several weeks to several months. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure and heavy sun exposure, as well as to use oil-free or green-based makeup to avoid further damage to the skin.

The effects of CO2 Laser Resurfacing can last for several years, depending on the patient’s skin type, sun exposure, and skincare routine. Patients may require additional treatments to maintain the results of the treatment.

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We are committed to helping you achieve your desired look with our CO2 laser treatment. Trust your face to Face MD.

Facial imperfections are what makes each of us unique. But then again, there are those that see it as a flaw – and one that should either be removed or fixed.

Yes, off the counter facial products do provide temporary results. But if you are after something that is permanent, then the sensible option is to undergo a cosmetic enhancement procedure.

Clinique Face MD is an aesthetic medical center that specializes in cosmetic enhancement procedures for the face and neck – and is the only medical center within the greater Montreal area that offers that specialization.

Our team of facial specialists – overseen by the highly decorated head and neck specialist Dr. Sami Moubayed – are able to get rid of facial imperfections and help you achieve the desired look you’re always dreamed of.

We use safe and effective treatment methods using the latest technology – with results that will not only enhance your appearance – but make you feel proud and confident about how you look.

For long lasting, safe and evidence based facial enhancement procedures, go with a name that many other Montreal residents trust.

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