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Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

CO2 Laser

Overview: A carbon dioxide laser delivers accurate removal of skin layers and is the gold standard for resurfacing and skin tightening. This is the only device on the market that can deliver results of a face lift when you do not want to undergo surgery. This laser is also the ultimate device to treat acne scars.

Expected results: Removal of fine, intermediate and deep lines, maximum skin tightening, evening out of pigmentation, removal of brown spots (sun spots), correction of acne and other scars

Preparation: Vigorous regimen of daily sunscreens and night time retinoids for several months, no alcohol and aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure, vitamin C 1000 mg daily starting 2 weeks prior to the treatment. Topical anesthetics will be applied in the office one hour prior to the procedure, facial nerve blocks are performed as needed for added pain control.

Post treatment instructions: Rigorous sun avoidance/protection for 3 months, refrain from alcohol consumption for 2 weeks after the treatment, avoid aspirin for 10 days, continue vitamin C 1000 mg daily for 3 months. Skin care in the immediate postoperative period includes the use of a very gentle non-soap cleanser, petrolatum or bio-occlusive dressing until skin renewal sets in (3-6 days), oral medications to prevent herpes reactivation and bacterial super infection. The hours following the treatment, ice should be applied for fifteen minutes every hour. That night, avoid sleeping face down to avoid swelling. Topical retinoids can be resumed when scabbing subsides (1-2 weeks after treatment).

Time to desired results: Up to 2 weeks for skin renewal, up to 6 months for skin tightening (maximum collagen production).

Duration of desired effects: Lines may recur within 10 years. This treatment can be paired with Botox injections in order to extend results. Acne scar removal is permanent. Note: Deep, pitted scars may require surgical intervention (punch grafts) prior to the procedure or fillers afterwards. One treatment is usually sufficient to achieve these results.

Contraindications: History of phenol peel, isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past 12 months, coumadin or other blood thinners, recent tan. This treatment is highly efficient in fair skin types and is usually restricted to the face.

Downtime: 7-14 days for skin renewal, gradually diminishing pinkishness for about 3-4 months

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PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

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Our chat about green building! Call me if you are interested in chatting more about greening your practice. Thanks for your wonderful care.

#12010-11-29 13:58:59

Linda was very informative, very responsive to my questions. I felt very comfortable with her advice

#22011-05-26 10:18:40

the music and decor of the facility

#32020-11-19

easy to get appointment,great docs,great staff.

#42012-09-04 13:02:42

dr was very nice and easy to talk with

#52021-01-18

The doctor and medical assistant took time to explain all of my treatment options and to answer all of my questions completely and honestly.

#62020-08-08

I enjoyed the fast service and great eviorment. keep up the good work!

#72020-12-22

There was no option to thank Andrea, but she also did a lovely job.

#82011-12-20 08:37:39

THE MUSIC! WOW. IT REALLY WAS AMAZING. PLEASE DO A BEST OF CD.

#92020-06-28

Physician was very excellant in explaining treatment and cause of skin problem.

#102020-05-24

What can we do better?

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My experience in the office today was absolutely excellent

#12020-04-29

I can't think of anything.

#22010-08-25 14:18:06

Service was outstanding!

#32020-10-29

I cannot think of a thing that would make the visit any better.

#42010-11-03 15:36:43

maybe offering a bit more evaluation of options -that I haven't already thought of or asked about- for skin care and amelioration, as I am not certain what exists

#52020-03-16

I've never been in a medical office that was so warm and inviting. The decor and overall appearance has the feel of your living room but also reminds you that you are in a clinical environment as well. This practice surpasses my expectations in every way, from the staff, dress code, advances in technology and overall care of the patient. I was made to feel that my care is your number one priority.

#62011-04-29 11:02:03

Great practice

#72011-03-14 13:52:46

Having Lip Gloss we can give others to let others know about you.

#82021-01-17

Later evening hours and/or weekend hours.

#92011-05-27 15:59:15

website access to new patients more visable on site

#102020-03-30
Customer Rating : 4.5

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