CO2 Laser

For deeper wrinkles, scarring, or other texture, a CO2 laser might be right for you. Read more below or start a chat with Synerchi staff at the bottom right of this page.

What is the CO2 Laser?

The CO2 laser is an ablative carbon dioxide laser that is used for more aggressive skin resurfacing. Thin layers of the skin are vaporized using a high-energy beam of light, creating a controlled injury to the skin. As the skin heals, it produces collagen and restores the skin’s elasticity. It is designed to minimize wrinkles, reduce scarring, even out skin tone, and increase dermal collagen.

How does CO2 laser work?

Fractional CO2 lasers deliver high-speed laser pulses at a wavelength of 10,600 nm (compared to the shorter 2,940 wavelength of the erbium:Yag), targeting both intracellular and extracellular water. When light energy is absorbed by water-containing tissue, skin vaporization occurs, leading to a deeper penetration into the skin, treating severe wrinkling, scarring, and textural issues.

What does CO2 laser treat?

CO2 lasers create significant collagen stimulation and treat more severe skin imperfections. Deeper wrinkles, skin laxity, brown/age spots, severe scarring and certain precancerous growths can be addressed with the CO2 laser.

Recommended Treatment

1 session. May repeat every 3-4 months if needed.


Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment. Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.


  • Expect approximately 1-2 weeks of downtime, which will include redness, swelling, itching, and peeling
  • Apply ice initially until burning sensation has deceased, then apply aquaphor for the next 3 days
  • In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure

Who can use CO2 Laser?

Resurfacing lasers are not recommended if you have used Accutane use within the past year. Plan your appointment so you can avoid direct sun exposure for 2-4 weeks before and after. Resurfacing lasers are not available for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. They are not recommended if you have a history of: vitiligo, scleroderma, collagen disorder, radiation or skin cancer, psoriasis/eczema, or keloid formation. Careful use with melasma and darker skin types (not for skin types IV+).

Supporting Treatments/Products

Botox (prevent/correct fine lines in the upper face)
Dermal fillers (correct deep lines and add structural support)
IPL (less invasive laser therapy that focuses on discoloration)
PDO threads (lift sagging jowls, marionettes, and nasolabial folds)
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic serum (skin brightener that protects against oxidative stress while lightening discoloration)


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