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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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Last updated: 9/15/2021 5:01 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

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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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Leah

#12021-08-01

The Dr treated me as a Person, not a commodity. She talked to me so I could understand what needed to be done and what possible courses of actions needed to be taken. I enjoyed the fact that the Dr. took time to listen to me & took action considering my desires as well.

#22021-01-04

nice music!

#32021-08-17

Dr. Ringpfeil took her time and was attentive to my concerns. Writing all options on paper was very helpful and will help me when I start my regimen

#42021-05-09

My visit was very professional. I walked in and was assisted with emmediately. I am very happy with the service that was given to me today. I will gladly return.

#52021-04-16

everyone was great

#62021-08-10

The doctor answered all of my questions and concerns

#72021-05-19

Everyone was cordial and very attentive. Will definitely come back.

#82021-02-14

I didn't feel rushed and felt like I was really listened to and taken seriously. I didn't feel like someone was just throwing ointments at me to get me out the door. I really appreciate the care I received here. Thank you.

#92020-09-27

speed of the apt. Dr. Took time to share thoughts

#102021-05-26

What can we do better?

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I'm completely satisfied, thank you.

#12010-11-09 11:24:08

move closer to home

#22010-11-08 09:51:29

You were great. No suggestions

#32021-09-18

Tea? Just kidding! Everything was great.

#42010-10-26 10:16:13

Always laugh at my jokes.

#52020-09-22

keep doing what u doing keep up the good work!!!!

#62020-10-03

smile more

#72010-09-09 10:34:11

Be on time for our appointments

#82011-11-16 13:56:14

More appointment availability either early or later (before or after the normal 9-5 workday)

#92010-08-23 16:22:28

keep doing what you did.

#102011-03-11 14:14:27
Customer Rating : 4.5

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