CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Consultations offered at our two convenient locations in Phoenix and Scottdale

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CO2 laser resurfacing is a versatile and effective skin rejuvenation treatment that can treat a wide range of common issues. It’s an effective way to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, scars, sun damage, and other pigmentation concerns. This minimally-invasive technique uses a carbon dioxide laser to remove the outer layer of damaged skin, allowing new, healthy skin to emerge.

Laser treatments have become a popular option for individuals seeking to restore their skin’s youthful appearance and improve their overall complexion. During the procedure, we use a state-of-the-art CO2 laser with customizable settings, so that we can tailor treatments to each patient’s needs. The process stimulates collagen production and promotes the growth of new skin cells, resulting in a smoother, tighter, and more radiant complexion!

At Phoenix Skin Medical, Surgical & Dermatology, our team of experts is dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with personalized care and advanced dermatological techniques. If you are considering CO2 laser resurfacing, contact Phoenix Skin at (602) 222-9111, or our Scottsdale office at (480) 473-9111 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced practitioners. We will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and helps you achieve beautiful, youthful-looking skin!

Before and After Photos

About Laser Resurfacing

The skin on our face is nearly always exposed, and so it is more prone to damage by external factors such as sun exposure and pollution (among others). Lifestyle choices and genetics also play a role in how our facial skin changes over time. (1) As we age, our skin produces less of the important supportive components like collagen and elastin, and so it loses elasticity and volume, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging.

How Does CO2 Resurfacing Work?

CO2 laser resurfacing is a safe and effective way to enhance the tone and texture of the skin. As the name suggests, it removes the outer damaged layers. This is known as an ablative laser procedure. Today’s CO2 lasers are more versatile and gentle than ever before, but they are still one of the most intensive and effective ways to banish more severe aesthetic concerns, like atrophic acne scars or age spots. During a session, the energy from the laser creates a thermal effect, which heats the water present in skin cells until it vaporizes, and the damaged skin cells are destroyed. The frequency of a CO2 laser is extremely high, so only the outer layers of skin are removed. At the same time, the heat from the laser stimulates collagen production and smooths skin texture, and enhances firmness. Once the outer layers of old, damaged skin are gone, new layers of healthy, vibrant skin come to the surface. At Phoenix Skin Medical, Surgical & Dermatology, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality care and personalized attention they deserve. Schedule a consultation and start your journey towards smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.


Laser Resurfacing Techniques

Advanced techniques such as Active FX, Deep FX, and Total FX to provide patients with the best possible results.

  • Active FX

Active FX is a type of CO2 laser resurfacing that targets the outer layers of the skin, improving skin tone, texture, and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It uses a 1.3-mm spot size, which can address fine lines, actinic keratosis, and similar skin conditions. (2) This procedure is minimally-invasive and requires twilight sedation and  local anesthesia or topical numbing cream.

  • Deep FX

Deep FX is a more intense form of CO2 laser resurfacing that targets deeper layers of the skin with a focused 0.12-mm diameter beam. (2) This procedure is ideal for treating acne scars, deep wrinkles, and sun damage. While this procedure is slightly more invasive than Active FX, it still only requires twilight sedation and local anesthesia or topical numbing cream.

  • Total FX

Total FX combines both Active and Deep FX to treat both the surface and deeper layers of the skin. This procedure provides dramatic results in terms of skin tightening, smoothing, and pigmentation correction. Patients who undergo Total FX can expect to see significant improvement in their skin’s overall appearance.

Find out more about procedures at Phoenix Skin by reading our blog.

Benefits of CO2 Laser Resurfacing

  • Reduction in Fine Lines and Wrinkles: The CO2 laser works by removing the outer layers of damaged skin, revealing smoother and healthier skin underneath. This leads to a significant reduction in fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
  • Improvement in Skin Tone and Texture: Our CO2 laser resurfacing treatment also helps to improve the tone and texture of your skin by stimulating collagen production. This can help even out any uneven skin tone or texture caused by acne scars or sun damage.
  • Treatment for Acne Scars: If you suffer from acne scarring, our CO2 laser resurfacing treatment can help reduce their appearance by promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells.
  • Safe and Effective: Our team of experienced dermatologists uses the latest technology to ensure that our CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is both safe and effective. We tailor each treatment to the unique needs of our patients, ensuring optimal results.
  • Minimal Downtime: Unlike traditional laser skin resurfacing treatments, our CO2 laser resurfacing treatment has minimal downtime.

Personal Consultation

At Phoenix Skin Medical, Surgical & Dermatology, we offer personal consultations with our experienced and skilled staff to determine if CO2 laser resurfacing is right for you. During the consultation process, our team will assess your skin condition and discuss the best treatment options. CO2 laser resurfacing may be recommended if you have fine lines, wrinkles, scars, or other skin imperfections that affect your appearance and self-confidence.

Are you looking for a way to rejuvenate your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sun damage? CO2 laser resurfacing may be the solution you have been searching for! Book your consultation in Phoenix by calling (602) 222-9111, or in Scottsdale by calling (480) 473-9111.

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing Like?

CO2 laser resurfacing takes 30 minutes or more, depending on the size of the treatment area. Patients may experience some discomfort during the procedure, but this can be managed with twilight sedation, topical numbing cream or local anesthesia.

Active FX

Active FX uses fractional laser technology to target wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. It vaporizes the top layers of damaged skin cells, stimulating collagen production, and promoting new cell growth

Deep FX

Deep FX is a more intensive treatment that targets deeper layers of skin. It is ideal for patients who have more severe wrinkles or scars, as it can smooth out even the deepest lines and creases. Deep FX uses a combination of fractional and traditional laser technology to remove damaged tissue and stimulate collagen growth, resulting in firmer, tighter skin.

Total FX

For those seeking the most comprehensive treatment available, Total FX combines both Active and Deep FX into one procedure. This means you get the benefits of both treatments in one session, resulting in dramatic improvements to your skin’s tone, texture, and overall appearance.

Recovery & Results

Immediately after your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment, your skin will feel warm and sensitive, similar to a sunburn. It’s crucial to follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by our team to promote healing and prevent complications. You’ll be advised to keep the treated area clean and moisturized with prescribed ointments, and you should avoid direct sunlight until your skin is fully healed.

With proper care and maintenance, the results from CO2 laser resurfacing can last for several years. By following a good skincare routine and avoiding excessive sun exposure, you can maintain your radiant and youthful complexion for years to come!

How much does CO2 laser resurfacing cost in Phoenix, Arizona?

  • Service Price
  • Full Face Active FX $2200
  • Active FX Neck Price available upon consultation
  • Active Chest Price available upon consultation

If you’re interested in learning more about CO2 laser resurfacing or any of our laser treatments, contact Phoenix Skin Medical, Surgical & Dermatology for more information. Qualified candidates may wish to finance their procedure.

Phoenix: (602) 222-9111

Scottsdale: (480) 473-9111


What is CO2 laser resurfacing?

CO2 laser resurfacing is a rejuvenating cosmetic procedure that involves using a laser to remove the outer layers of damaged skin, revealing smoother, younger-looking skin underneath. This procedure can address a range of skin concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, scars, age spots, uneven texture, and discoloration.

How long does CO2 laser resurfacing take?

The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the size and location of the treated area. Patients may experience some discomfort and redness after the treatment, but these symptoms usually subside within a few days. Full recovery may take up to two weeks, during which time patients should avoid direct sun exposure and follow a proper skincare regimen.

Who is a good candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing?

CO2 laser resurfacing is an excellent option for those who want to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, and acne scars. However, it’s not recommended for individuals with darker skin tones or those who are prone to keloid scarring.

What does the CO2 laser resurfacing procedure involve?

The procedure typically takes about one hour and is performed under twilight sedation and local anesthesia. During the treatment, the laser is passed over the skin, removing the top layer of damaged skin cells. Afterward, the treated area is covered with a protective dressing, which is removed after a few days.

Is CO2 laser resurfacing painful?

Most patients report feeling only mild discomfort during the procedure. Afterward, the treated area may feel tender, red, and swollen for a few days. Your doctor will provide you with medication to manage any pain.

How long does it take to recover from CO2 laser resurfacing?

Recovery time varies depending on the extent of the procedure. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 7-10 days. However, it may take several weeks for the skin to fully heal and for the full results to be visible.


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