What is the CO2 Laser?

The CO2 laser removes layers of damaged skin using powerful laser light. Not only does this laser light remove the damaged area; it also stimulates new collagen growth.

This helps the skin to become firmer, smoother, and more youthful. Our skin resurfacing in Cleveland gets significant results, but it does require considerable recovery time. 

What Can CO2 Laser Resurfacing Do?

  • Reduce lines and wrinkles
  • Improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • Even out skin tone and texture
  • Shrink enlarged pores
  • Trigger brand-new collagen growth
  • Address mild to severe hyperpigmentation

Who is a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

If you’re considering laser skin resurfacing in Cleveland, Mayfield Heights, or Beachwood, we encourage you to reach out to us to schedule a consultation. Those who make excellent candidates for this procedure are individuals who:

  • Are unhappy with their wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, scars, large pores, or uneven skin tone
  • Have elastic, non-oily skin 
  • Have a lighter skin tone
  • Do not have Excessively thick or thin skin
  • Are in good overall health, with no pre-existing health conditions
  • Do not have active bacterial, viral, or fungal infections or mouth sores
  • Do not have a tendency to develop keloids or thick scars 
  • Have not used Accutane® for the past six months
  • Have not undergone other skin resurfacing procedures in the last 2-3 months
  • Fully understand the procedure, risks, and recovery process
  • Have realistic expectations for what CO2 laser skin resurfacing can do

What to Expect During CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing 

  • Be very aggressive about avoiding sun exposure before your treatment in order to prevent hyperpigmentation.
  • We may test your skin with the laser before full treatment.
  • The type of anesthesia used will be determined by the severity of your skin condition.
  • Your eyes will be fully protected during treatment.
  •  Dr. Frankel will determine the amount of energy to be used, and will control how deeply the laser penetrates. 
  • We will give you post-procedure home care instructions; it’s very important to carefully follow them.
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How CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Works

The CO2 laser is truly a state-of-the-art device, having been developed into a highly controllable piece of technology. Not only are damaged layers of skin vaporized, but this happens in a way that can be fine-tuned for customization and added safety. The laser can address the entire face, or specific areas only.

Another new innovation that makes CO2 laser skin resurfacing different is the heat that the procedure creates. This heat makes the collagen within the skin shrink and contract, which achieves a lifting effect. Many other lasers do not provide this collagen contraction.


Recovery time from CO2 laser skin resurfacing varies from patient to patient, and will depend on the depth of the treatment. Pain is usually fairly mild if you closely follow the home care instructions we provide you with. 

Some patients experience blisters developing in the treated area. If this happens, leave them alone and let them resolve on their own.

You may also have some oozing and swelling for 3-10 days, so careful wound care will need to be followed. Your skin will be red and sensitive, and this redness may last anywhere from a few weeks to three months. 


You will have new surface skin in 5-10 days. At this point, most patients return to work. Makeup can usually be applied two weeks after treatment. For the first six weeks, you’ll need to avoid too much sun exposure and be extremely diligent about sun protection. Otherwise, you risk developing irregular pigmentation.

Risks associated with CO2 laser skin resurfacing include, but are not limited to, infection, irregular pigmentation, extended redness, and scarring. 

With a solid, aesthetician-approved skincare regimen, CO2 laser skin resurfacing results can last for years.

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Why Choose Dr. Frankel for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Specializing in facial rejuvenation, Frankel Facial Plastic Surgery is the premier center for facial plastic surgery in Cleveland. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Frankel has extensive expertise in procedures of the face and neck, and his education and training allow him to deliver consistent and outstanding results — at a good value. Our practice is patient-centered, with a boutique feel and designed for patient comfort and privacy. We offer concierge-type service that makes patients feel heard and understood, and we do our best to make patients feel as comfortable as possible during every point of the process. If you’re considering CO2 laser skin resurfacing in Cleveland, we encourage you to contact us to learn more.

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