As we age, we give more and more thought to skin rejuvenation. How can we fade spots, remove wrinkles, improve clarity? Finding the answers can be daunting, especially when trying to address multiple concerns. At Skin Renewal of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK, we want to remove the confusion and give you one treatment that provides broad results: the Co2re facial treatment.
Skin Rejuvenation FAQs: How Long Does It Take to See Results from Co2re Face Treatment?
Co2re is a fractional laser that delivers a concentrated light beam to the skin’s underlying tissues. Patients can see changes in their appearance after just one session. Your skin will need a brief recovery period that can take up to three weeks, but once this period passes, you’ll begin to notice a smoother texture and more even tone. Then, in the coming months, additional improvements will start to develop, including the reduction of:
- Age spots and sunspots
- Acne scars
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Skin laxity
- Dull tone
- Textural irregularities
Final results can be seen three to six months after treatment. Throughout this time, your body is ramping up internal collagen production. The whole premise behind this treatment is to remove columns of skin and leave surrounding tissues intact to assist with healing, in a fractionated way that boosts collagen synthesis. Using a thin, lightweight, and handheld device, we make passes over your face to encourage cell renewal and neocollagenesis.
What Is Neocollagenesis?
This is the body’s natural response to wound repair, in which fibroblasts (specialized cells) go to work making collagen and elastin. These fibers are the primary components of the extracellular matrix (ECM) that provides physical scaffolding for every tissue and organ in the body. Without this crucial structure, the skin loses its shape, which explains why our faces show sags, wrinkles, and lines over time; collagen production dips every year once we reach age 25.
More specifically, collagen provides skin its tensile strength, while elastin provides elasticity. Any wound that occurs to the skin alters these fibers in terms of quality and quantity. The synthesis of both, therefore, provides the key to managing aesthetic concerns.
Collagen and Wound Healing
Collagen plays a very specific role in the process of healing wounds; it attracts fibroblasts to the site of injury and encourages additional collagen production. As a result, the ECM is also remodeled. While we originally believed the ECM only provided structural integrity, we now know it serves multiple functions, including:
- Storage and delivery of growth factors
- Tissue repair
- Regulating cellular function like proliferation, differentiation, and migration
- Keeping cells bound together
Keep in mind your skin is composed of very little: cells and the ECM. You can therefore see how important the ECM is to its health. And the most abundant protein in this structure is collagen, which also assists with a variety of tasks. In the skin, it provides underlying support and regulates inflammatory cell functions, tissue repair, and cell adhesion.
So, we’ve established that collagen and elastin are essential to healthy skin. Now, we can explain why the results of treatment with Co2re can take several months to develop. As a rule of thumb, the body needs about 12 weeks to rebuild collagen. This is a fairly short period of time given that it takes years to degrade collagen in a way that causes visible signs of aging.
To make collagen, the body draws on nutrients like amino acids, vitamin C, zinc, and copper. This intricate process involves many steps, during which the body also increases elastin production. Both proteins go hand-in-hand so that, ultimately, you see softer, smoother skin that is both firmer and more supple. Improvements can show after just one session, as mentioned earlier, but for best results, we recommend several treatments.
How the Co2re Is Different From Other Lasers
The original Co2 lasers were fully ablative and stripped away skin’s top layer in a way that required anesthesia and sedation. A lengthy recovery period was also necessary, and during most of that, patients had to avoid social situations as their skin healed. Today’s fractional Co2 lasers employ the same technology but remove only the top layer of skin. Patient comfort is much greater, and recovery tends to be just five to seven days.
As for safety, the fractional Co2 laser has a much better profile when compared to the fully ablative. It’s adaptable for darker skin tones and is even safe for use on the neck and chest. And skin rejuvenation is about the same with both devices; you can expect proven, predictable results that target your concerns without damaging healthy tissues. From superficial to deep skin treatments, we can tailor treatments in the following ways:
- Light penetration that refreshes the complexion
- Mid-level penetration that resurfaces the epidermis and dermis and improves skin tone and texture
- Deep penetration that improves wrinkles, fine lines, and scars
- Fusion penetration that treats superficial texture variations and deeper wrinkles
The Co2Re Specifically
The Co2re is unique in that it delivers both fractional and resurfacing treatments, depending on your needs. Fractional lasers, as we touched on earlier, create micro-channels in the skin’s many layers to stimulate cell renewal. The point is to treat deeper concerns while minimizing downtime and discomfort. Ablative resurfacing removes skin layer by layer in thin strips to reveal the healthy, youthful cells waiting underneath.
Results are long-lasting and dramatic as we maintain precise control over the pattern, depth, and intensity of the laser. During your consult, we’ll develop a complete treatment plan so you know exactly what to expect, including the way in which we’ll apply the laser to reach your desired results. We’ll also discuss the changes to your skin you can reasonably expect; the sophistication of the Co2re provides effects that mimic surgical procedures.
Different variables will factor into how long you can expect results to last, including your age, health, and skincare routine. Immediately after treatment, you’ll experience peeling that is perfectly natural; it is, in fact, part of the body’s exfoliation process as dead skin gets shed. You can care for your face by patting skin dry and not rubbing after you wash, staying inside as much as possible, and wearing sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat when you do go outside.
You’ll also need to take any prescription medications as directed, avoid picking your skin, and wash your face with the cleanser we recommend. Also remember to keep your skin moisturized; this is crucial to ensuring your face heals appropriately. Apply generous amounts in the mornings and evenings and re-apply in between as necessary. You can usually wear makeup, such as gentle mineral-based powders, around day four.
Continued Care Guidelines
Collagen and elastin production will remain elevated for up to one year, but your results can last anywhere from five to eight years after treatment. It is essential that, throughout this time, you nourish your skin with the building blocks it needs to support collagen production; growth factors, retinols, nutrient-rich moisturizers, and a high-quality sunscreen should be used every day.
You can also care for your skin from within by eating a healthy diet. Include protein, fruits, and vegetables, and stay hydrated. Staying in touch with our office will help you identify the best products and techniques to protect the investment in your skin.
Rejuvenating Your Skin
What exactly is meant by skin rejuvenation? These two words get thrown around so often they’ve lost their deeper meaning. To provide clarity, rejuvenation in aesthetic therapy refers to any product or treatment that makes the skin look better. This can include:
- A brighter complexion
- Fewer acne outbreaks
- Reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles
- Smoother contours
- Tighter, firmer skin
Resurfacing, on the other hand, refers to an exact technique used to achieve skin rejuvenation. We make this distinction because many products promise to deliver results but actually do very little. Cosmetic therapy is, by and far, the real gateway to better skin. And it’s important to know this because we are hard-wired to want to look our best. That’s right – the concept of beauty was not invented by Hollywood or the makeup industry, but by nature itself.
The Concept of Beauty
In earlier eras, Socrates and others believed physical beauty could pave the path to higher virtues. For example, gazing at a lovely woman might lead to creative or contemplative inspiration. Today, we know that physical attraction is designed to pair us with a potential mate so we can reproduce and ensure the survival of human beings.
This is why nature typically blesses us with symmetrical features: two ears, two eyes, and a nose and mouth right in the center. Symmetry is, after all, believed to be the root of beauty. But the biggest tie-in here is the skin. Smooth, radiant skin speaks of both youth and health. It sends a message that internally, symptoms are working as they need to.
What Your Skin Says About Your Health
A clear complexion suggests toxins are being removed, plump skin indicates hydration levels are adequate, and a radiant flush speaks to strong circulation. But even if all this is working as it should be, the skin can still be less than perfect. This is when we need to lend a hand and turn to therapies like resurfacing, and no other instrument is more effective than the Co2re laser.
A study published by the National Institutes of Health determined this tool can refresh photoaged skin and improve scarring, especially acne scars. That same study described the Co2re as a bridge between early ablative lasers and later nonablative systems to provide patients with more comprehensive results.
More Co2re Details
One of the greatest benefits of this treatment is its versatility. We can use it to correct a range of concerns from loose skin to fine lines around the eyes and lips; in short, it provides for very targeted application. Regardless of the imperfections you want to address, the outcomes are generally the same in that patients see a smoother, fresher, and more refined appearance.
Most appointments are completed within a few hours. After, we’ll provide care instructions designed specifically for your skin. We usually advise patients to minimize activity for a few days and give the green light to go back to work within a week. In determining whether or not you’re a candidate for this therapy, we’ll consider your treatment goals, medical history, and skin health.
New Technology for Better Skin
No longer do you have to dream of skin rejuvenation. Thanks to the Co2re laser, you can achieve it with minimal downtime and results that can persist for years. Schedule your consultation today and call Skin Renewal of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK.