How much does CO2 Laser Resurfacing cost?
From what I understand, CO2 Laser Resurfacing penetrates deeper into the skin, being one of the most effective types of lasers. What is the starting cost for this treatment?
The price of carbon dioxide laser resurfacing depends on multiple factors. The biggest factors are the amount of skin being resurfaced, the level of expertise of the dermatologist, and your geographic location.
There are two primary types of laser resurfacing treatments: Ablative laser treatment, and non-ablative laser treatment. CO2 lasers are considered the high bar of ablative laser treatments -- precisely balancing the ablative effect with coagulation. Ablative treatments are typically more than double the cost of non-ablative treatments.
I can’t quote you any precise skin resurfacing costs without a direct consultation as all cosmetic procedures depend on your specific presentation and your goals. A consultation is also necessary to make sure all patients are good candidates for laser treatment. Your doctor will need to rule out any potential issues you may have with laser procedures. Some patients with specific skin tones, skin types, and medical conditions may have a higher likelihood of negative results. In such cases, laser resurfacing may not be the best treatment and your dermatologist may advise separate treatment options like chemical peels or microdermabrasion.
Remember to contact a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for the best results.
CO2 lasers generate intense beams of light which are absorbed by the skin.
You are correct in your understanding that some of the heat from the laser treatment is transferred to the surrounding tissue next to the treated area. When deeper layers of skin are thermally stimulated by the laser energy there are two very beneficial effects:
Laser skin resurfacing causes fibroblast stimulation, which encourages the growth of new skin cells, and neocollagenesis, which is the creation of new collagen. The skin resurfacing procedure can be very effective in reducing fine lines, acne scars, age spots, and the visible effects of sun damage
The end result of the skin resurfacing treatments is both a removal of skin from the surface or top layer, and a deeper stimulation of growth which is newer and younger.
The average cost of CO2 laser resurfacing depends on your geographic location, the type of laser treatment used, the experience-level of the dermatologist or plastic surgeon and the area of skin being treated. Additional costs may include anesthesia fees, facility costs and any associated medical prescriptions.
If the price is a concern, please be aware that many dermatologists and plastic surgeons offer patient financing options allowing you to spread the cost over multiple payments.