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CO2 Laser in Newport Beach

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Laser skin resurfacing treatments are an excellent way to help patients who are looking to improve the quality, texture, appearance, or elasticity of their skin, without using invasive treatments.

It’s an excellent choice for many because it offers versatility and can treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns across different skin types and pigmentation. However, the type of laser and areas you are treating might vary as certain options might be more beneficial than others for certain for your unique skin. Our Newport Beach CO2 Laser can deliver precise treatments without causing distress or damage to the surrounding tissue and has made laser treatments a huge success in the medical field.

This has translated into the field of cosmetic surgery and enhancements, as it can also deliver incredible treatments without being invasive or painful for most. The CO2 Fractional Laser is a popular option and is well known for its ability to treat a range of skin tissues. As opposed to old school CO2 lasers, it does not require general anesthesia, it can be performed with twilight sedation.

Who is a Good Candidate?

Ideal candidates for a procedure like a laser resurfacing with a CO2 laser include men and women who may be seeing signs of aging in their skin.

Additionally, patients who struggle with skin imperfections, like blemishes, texture issues, and other common skin issues may benefit from CO2 lasers. In particular, patients whose skin displays any of the following signs may be an excellent candidate:

  • Fine lines on your upper lip, cheeks or forehead
  • Loose, sagging skin around the lower and upper eyelids
  • Crow’s feet
  • Deep frown lines
  • Sun freckles and age spots
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Acne scars
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Fractional laser resurfacing is the most advanced method of skin rejuvenation. It is utilized in the treatment of wrinkles, pigment changes (such as sunspots) and scars, while also having the ability to stimulate new collagen production. Over the past decade, this procedure has revolutionized the field of facial plastic surgery and the anti-aging industry.

The main advantages of fractional CO2 laser resurfacing are its effectiveness and gentle technology. Dr. Kevin Sadati utilizes his EXELO2 fractional CO2 laser resurfacing machine, to offer maximum results for a variety of patient skin tones while the machine’s patented cooling system allows for additional patient comfort throughout the procedure. Using EXELO2 fractional CO2 laser in combination with the Zimmer Cooling system allows the procedure to be performed with Twilight Sedation without the need for general anesthesia.

Numbing cream is applied one hour prior to laser and also after so there is no discomfort with the procedure. Though fractional CO2 laser resurfacing is a great tool in erasing the effects of time, it is also ideal for preventing premature aging as well. The average patient seeking improved tone and texture is typically in his or her 40s or 50s, but those targeting acne scars, uneven pigmentation, or premature sun damage tend to be in their 20s and 30s.

How Does Fractional Co2 Laser Resurfacing Work?

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing works by creating microscopic wounds to stimulate skin regeneration and allowing a new layer of skin to be revealed. With the results of this skin rejuvenation comes a new stimulation of collagen. This takes place deep in the layers of the skin thanks to mild heat produced by the laser’s warmth.

Our Laser device is equipped with a sophisticated cooling system that keeps the superficial skin cool and comfortable. This combination of actions helps the collagen to dramatically improve and also the appearance of the skin’s texture and elasticity, helping to provide long-lasting results. The procedure is performed with topical anesthesia and twilight sedation. Board-certified Newport Beach facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati, recommends fractional CO2 laser resurfacing for those looking to combat the first signs of aging, and prevent the effects of further damage.

Laser procedures offer excellent results with minimal downtime. Recovery will include redness of the skin, sensitivity, and possible swelling, but a typical patient is fully recovered within 7-10 days. Following your treatment, it is imperative to follow the prescribing doctor’s skincare regimen for proper healing, and in order to preserve your results and your investment. Often broad-spectrum sunscreen and a medical-grade moisturizer applied several times throughout the day are key to optimizing the results of the procedure. Dr. Sadati recommends avoiding sunbathing and prolonged exposure to the sun for at least 6 months after laser resurfacing.

How Does the CO2 Laser Work?

The CO2 laser is a mechanism that is made up of carbon dioxide, helium, nitrogen, and hydrogen. It uses short, pulsed light energy, to carefully remove thin layers of skin in the desired area with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue.

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Essentially, the lasers work by vaporizing the upper layer of the skin, because it focuses on the water molecules. This procedure can be effective in reducing deep scars, wrinkles, and other imperfections. These procedures are performed in-house at our practice.

Does the CO2 Laser Hurt?

The Fractionated CO2 laser as opposed to ablative CO2 laser does not hurt. It may cause some discomfort for patients that is easily managed with Tylenol. There may be numbing options available depending on your treatment area and other factors, for larger areas not only topical numbing is used but also nerve block is used to ensure each patient’s comfort.

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Patients also report that there may be slight stinging, swelling, itching, tenderness, and crusting after CO2 laser skin resurfacing. During your consultation for CO2 Laser Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati, will discuss any side effects or risks, and go over any questions you may have. If you have any major events coming up that you want to undergo CO2 laser treatments for, be sure to plan accordingly so you are comfortably healed in time.

What is Recovery Like After CO2 Laser?

The Fractionated CO2 Laser is one of the most innovative laser treatment options available. At Dr. Sadati’s facility, we strive to provide a high level of comfort and peace-of-mind when patients visit.

This is why we offer treatments that are carefully customized with you in mind. Most of our non-invasive rejuvenation procedures require little-to-no downtime. In comparison to cosmetic surgery, laser resurfacing only takes around four to five days and does not require you to take off of work or be away from normal responsibilities. You’ll likely be advised to wear Vaseline on your face to help with healing. You can expect your recovery to improve significantly after the first week, and results will start to become more visible.

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About Dr. Kevin Sadati

As a double board-certified surgeon, Dr. Sadati is not only an expert in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery - he is also a laser resurfacing expert.

With this extensive knowledge in facial anatomy, Dr. Sadati is fully qualified to expertly treat virtually any cosmetic or functional issue relating to the face, nose, and neck. With years of experience and countless successful procedures, Dr. Sadati is renowned for his ability to consistently achieve the youthful, supple glow his patients desire.

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Some patients may opt to include a CO2 laser resurfacing as part of their regular skin maintenance, while others may decide to undergo the procedure to help improve their appearance as a one-off treatment.

In either case, it is important to talk to an experienced professional like Dr. Sadati before getting any type of laser treatment. This will help determine what your exact needs are and whether the CO2 laser is the best for you. If not, we will help to tailor a treatment option that will help deliver the results you desire! Dr. Kevin Sadati offers patients personalized laser resurfacing and finishing treatments to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, and the surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

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359 San Miguel Dr, Suite 200 Newport Beach CA 92660

Clients from around the globe travel to see Dr. Sadati for his surgical expertise. He and his surgical team provide the highest standard of patient care, from the initial consultation, to complete recovery and conclusion of your care. Our friendly staff is available to accommodate you in any way that we can.