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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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# of surveys: 3921
Last updated: 1/13/2021 4:54 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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Compare our service to other similar practices

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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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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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Was able to get an appointment on the same day. Staff worked deligently to assist with my referral

#12011-05-27 10:56:18

Staff was friendly, attentive and polite. Dr Ringpfeild is the first Dr I seen that has been able to provide a viable resolution for my condition

#22021-11-17

I liked how the doctor gave me the prices of procedures that we discussed. Every doctor should do that!!

#32021-03-23

Talking with the Physician

#42021-12-09

the whole experience

#52021-03-29

It is clearly evident taht Dr. Ringpfeil is genuinely motivated by listening to your full symptoms, issues and then selecting the approach that is best for you. I scheduled my appt with the hopes of undergoing pricey treatments. Rather than signing me up and taking my check, she insisted that we first address the cause of my problems. Obviously, her goal is to heal the patient, not simply select the treatments that would be most lucrative for her. Impressive.

#62021-10-27

Very relaxed and comforting environment. This was my first visit with a dermatologist and am quite happy with the experience.

#72021-02-05

I was very impressed that Dr. Ringpfeil took the time out to talk to me and treat me like an individual. I am completely comfotable here and I will be coming here for my treatment.

#82011-05-04 14:47:50

everybody very pleasant - and the backgroud music was such a relief from the musical noise one usually hears in waiting rooms

#92021-08-17

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

#102021-07-27

What can we do better?

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don't think you could!!

#12021-08-23

My experience in the office today was absolutely excellent

#22021-09-06

Excellent experience Can't think of anything I would change

#32011-04-04 11:16:27

Less wait time for an appointment.

#42010-11-17 15:23:04

Less wait time for an appointment.

#52010-11-17 15:23:04

Keep up the great work!

#62011-03-03 11:57:42

No changes recommended at this time.

#72021-03-11

I can't think of anything else that you can do, everything was excellent.

#82021-12-26

everything was wondurful. Thanks!

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Customer Rating : 4.5

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