CO2 Skin Resurfacing

What to expect

Prior to your treatment your dermal clinician will run you through all the important pre and post information to maximise treatment results and ensure that you are following all necessary precautions to minimise treatment risks.


Half an hour before your treatment numbing cream may be applied to the treatment area to minimise discomfort during the procedure. 

Depending on the treatment area, a CO2 treatment can take up to 1 hour.


Following the CO2 laser treatment, you can expect around 5-7 days of social downtime as the skin will be red and flaky. It is generally advised that patients rest at home for at least the first few days following the procedure. As CO2 is an ablative laser treatment, patients will have some bleeding and swelling immediately after the procedure in the area treated. Some patients may notice their skin is slightly pink for up to a month after the treatment. It is important that patients follow the aftercare instructions given to them by the dermal clinician to enhance results as well as minimise risks associated post-treatment.


Pricing for the CO2 laser depends on the size of the treatment area.

Your dermal clinician will discuss pricing with you during your consultation prior to treatment.

CO2 laser treatment, also known as fractional CO2 laser resurfacing, is a medical procedure used to improve the appearance of skin by treating various skin conditions such as wrinkles, scars, uneven texture, and pigmentation problems.

The treatment involves the use of a carbon dioxide (CO2) laser to target and remove layers of damaged skin and stimulates the production of new collagen.


  • Skin ageing
  • Scarring on the face and body
  • Uneven pigment
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Acne scarring
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Raised birthmarks
  • Benign lesions e.g. warts, skin tags
    Before the treatment:
    A consultation with one of our doctors is required to assess the patient’s skin condition and determine if they are a suitable candidate for CO2 laser treatment. The patient’s medical history and any potential risks associated with the treatment are discussed during this stage.


    Who is suitable for a CO2 treatment?

    CO2 laser skin resurfacing is suitable for patients with a number of skin conditions including texture, pigmentation, acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles. 

    However, being an ablative treatment, it’s unsuitable for individuals with darker skin tones due to the heightened risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Patients with such skin types can explore various alternative treatments available at Advantage Skin Clinic.

    How many sessions are required to see results?

    Many patients notice visible improvements after just one session. However, optimal results often require a series of treatments, spaced several weeks apart. Your healthcare provider will recommend a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

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