You’ve heard of carbon dioxide treatments for better looking skin? Carbon dioxide injections and CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments are the new treatments doing the rounds for the beauty conscious. But, how effective are these treatments?
The carbon dioxide injection
CO2 injections promise to have a long lasting effect to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make the skin look visibly younger. These injections are administered just under the skin to dilate the blood vessels. These dilated blood vessels then are able to absorb more oxygen and carry more oxygen to the skin cells. Thus, replenishing the skin with more nutrients. The CO2 shots are also said to aid collagen promotion by preventing fluid buildup between the skin cells.
These injections are inexpensive compared to other advanced anti-aging skin care treatments. Almost all people who have tried this treatment have positive results to show. Improved skin tone, reduced stretch marks, fine lines, jowls, cellulite and wrinkles are some of the results that one can expect with this treatment.
However, experts recommend making certain lifestyle adjustments to get the maximum benefit out of these shots. Some of these recommendations are:
- Avoiding junk food
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle
- Maintaining an exercise regime
- Using natural skin care products
- Avoiding the use of chemicals, even in household products
- Using a broad spectrum UV protection sunscreen
Carbon dioxide laser skin resurfacing
This treatment is used to eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The CO2 laser treatment removes the outer layer of the damaged skin to reveal the soft, smooth and even textured underlying skin. Technology in this area has made significant progress and the light beams that are used in the laser treatment are now either pulsed or scattered, reducing heat damage that might have otherwise occurred to the skin. The powerful CO2 laser penetrates deep into the skin and removes pronounced wrinkles, deep creases and lines by ablating the skin layer by layer. The results of this treatment are very pronounced and dramatic.
The treatment is typically administered on a specific area such as the forehead, eyes or mouth or on the entire face. A local anesthesia is administered during this process to avoid any discomfort. This treatment has a downtime of approximately two weeks for complete recovery.
The benefits of this treatment are many:
- Visible reduction in the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines
- Reduction in the appearance of scars and other skin imperfections
- Reduction of uneven skin tone
- Treats photo damaged skin, pigmentation, pre-cancerous spots, and skin lesions
The CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatment has been very widely accepted and very popular. However, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon to set your expectations and get a realistic picture before selecting treatment.
With all the benefits that carbon dioxide is offering, what are you going to do next? Tell us if you have tried any of the CO2 treatments and what was your experience like.