Ablative laser face resurfacing

CO2 Laser Before and After

Blog, Skin Treatments

Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, also known as CO2 laser treatment, is a skin treatment that works by precisely removing thin layers of skin. It is used to treat everything from wrinkles to acne scars, and it’s one of the skin rejuvenation treatments provided in our London clinics.

It proves lasting results and is a very safe procedure, with little downtime and minimal damage to surrounding tissue. If you visit our CO2 laser fractional page, you can learn about prices and finance options and book a free consultation. In the following guide, we’ll highlight how effective this treatment can be by looking at some CO2 fractional laser before and after images.

These snapshots show real people and real results, just like the ones you can get when you book an appointment at Pulse Light Clinic.

CO2 fractional laser before and after

People seek CO2 laser treatment for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Scars (including acne scars)
  • Age spots
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Uneven skin texture and tone
  • Large pores

The procedure can help to minimise the appearance of all these skin complaints, as you can see in these CO2 laser before and after images. 

CO2 laser before and after acne scars

These images of CO2 lasers before and after acne scars show you just how effective CO2 lasers are at treating acne scars, a complaint that brings many men and women through our clinic doors. 

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Acne is a very common condition and appears in roughly 95% of people aged between 11 and 30. Women are most commonly affected between the ages of 14 and 17 while men are more likely to get it between 16 and 19. It can appear in adults, as well.  Oftentimes, even when acne disappears, it can still leave its mark in the form of scars. These scars are the result of inflammation that occurs underneath the skin. It damages the tissue and leads to scarring. Acne scars present in one of two ways:

  • Indentation: Commonly seen in severe acne, indentation scars occur when the skin doesn’t fully regenerate, leaving a noticeable indentation in the skin. This is one of the main issues that lead people to CO2 treatments, as it can greatly reduce the appearance of these scars and create a levelling/resurfacing effect.


  • Discolouration: When the acne fades, the affected area may not fully heal and it can appear darker than the rest of the skin. The discolouration is not as severe and can be treated by many non-invasive treatments, including a variety of skin pigmentation treatments.

If you have acne scars that are getting you down, book a free consultation and discuss your treatment options with one of our doctors. It doesn’t matter how severe those scars are or how long they have been there; CO2 laser treatments can usually do something to help.


CO2 laser before and after wrinkles

Skin loses its elasticity with age, and this is how wrinkles form. Excessive sun exposure can accelerate the process, leading to damaged and saggy skin, as well as age spots. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments targeted toward minimising the appearance of fine lines and even deep wrinkles.

CO2 Treatment face anti-ageing

The location and severity of these wrinkles will dictate the exact nature of your treatments, as well as the number of sessions you need, but CO2 is very effective at reducing wrinkles and works with all skin types.

To reduce the risk of wrinkles appearing in the future, avoid sun beds, use sunscreen whenever you’re outside, drink plenty of water, and moisturise your skin on a regular basis.  Smoking and heavy drinking are also very bad for your skin and could lead to more wrinkles. So, stub out those cigarettes and keep the alcohol to a minimum.


CO2 laser scar removal before and after

If you have pronounced facial scars that are affecting your life or confidence, CO2 treatment can help to reduce them.

Just take a look at this CO2 laser scar removal before and after shots.

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Facial scars can occur for a variety of reasons. Acne scars are some of the most common, as noted above, but they can also appear as a result of accidents, including childhood falls, sporting incidents and motor vehicle crashes. A few years ago, a survey was conducted to determine how facial scars are perceived in society. Over 4600 respondents were shown images of people that alternated between clear skin and superimposed acne scars. It found that those with scars were considered to be less attractive. Strangely, respondents also thought that people with scars were less likely to be healthy, confident, happy, and successful.  

The most notable thing is that a third of the respondents had scars of their own, hinting at an element of self-projection fuelled by a lack of self-confidence. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, but if your facial scars are affecting your mood and confidence, there are clear benefits to reducing them and that’s where CO2 treatments can help.

CO2 laser fractional

If these CO2 laser before and after pictures have convinced you to try this treatment for yourself, Pulse Light Clinic can help. Book a free consultation at one of our London clinics and one of our experienced doctors will assess your health/skin condition and provide some recommendations. There is no obligation to book and you can ask any questions on your mind.

In addition to determining whether you are a good fit for CO2 laser treatment, the doctor will use this time to determine the type of treatment needed. Fractional laser treatments use a matrix of lasers that vary in intensity, with different strengths used for different conditions and skin types.

It’s important to make sure you get the right treatment, understand the risks, and know exactly what to expect. That’s what the consultation is for. Book today and see how CO2 laser fractional can help you.


How long does it take to heal from a CO2 laser?

It depends on the level of treatment and how you respond to it. However, the skin usually heals in 1 to 2 weeks and this is when you’ll start seeing some of the benefits. As you can see from the above CO2 laser before and after images, the effects are quite striking when you compare them to “before” images.

How long do the results last?

It varies, but your doctor will assess your skin condition during an initial consultation and give you an idea of how long it will last. This timeframe is heavily dependent on factors such as age, health, treatment type, and how well you care for your skin.

Is CO2 laser worth it?

Only you can know that. If the question is, does it work? The answer is a clear and resounding “yes”, and there are countless CO2 laser before and after pictures to prove that. As for whether or not the treatment is worth it based on your budget, skin complaints, and needs, that’s for you to decide.

Book a free consultation with our experts to discuss CO2 laser treatments further and you will be better equipped to answer that question.

What does your skin look like after CO2 laser treatment?

CO2 laser resurfacing effectively works by damaging the skin and encouraging new growth and collagen release. As a result, your skin may appear red and slightly swollen after the treatment. It may look like sunburn and is also known to cause some of the same burning and itching sensations.

After your skin has healed, it will look more the CO2 laser before and after images depicted in this guide.

How many sessions do I need for CO2 laser treatment?

It depends on the issue being treated. Many patients require just a single treatment, as that’s usually enough to produce the desired results. However, patients with deep wrinkles or scarring may need multiple treatments. You can discuss all of this during the initial consultation.

Who is not a good candidate for CO2 laser treatment?

You may not be a good fit if you have a compromised immune system, are prone to keloid scars, or smoke. Your doctor will conduct a review prior to your treatment to ensure you’re a good match. If not, treatment will be refused.

Are there any risks associated with CO2 laser treatment?

Many of the risks associated with CO2 laser resurfacing relate to improper standards and inappropriate laser settings, which is why it’s important to book with a trusted and experienced clinic such as Pulse Light Clinic.

It’s also why we take all prospective customers through an initial free consultation, during which time their skin health, general health, and medical history will be assessed. It’s a safe procedure when performed correctly, so these steps are essential.

How do I prepare for CO2 laser treatment?

This is something that you can discuss with your doctor. They may recommend some skin treatments and precautions that minimise the risk of adverse reactions and ensure your skin is ready for the procedure. For instance, there are some medications that you should avoid and it’s best to avoid skin exposure for at least a few weeks before the procedure.

How long does CO2 laser treatment last?

It varies depending on the individual and the type of treatment. However, most treatments take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. You will be made to feel relaxed and comfortable throughout and a doctor will be there to assist you if needed.

How painful is CO2 laser treatment?

CO2 laser treatments are invasive and usually produce some degree of discomfort. However, our clinicians will be on hand throughout the procedure to ensure that you are as comfortable as possible. Most patients don’t report any serious pain and compare the treatment to having “pins and needles”. They also experience a mild burning sensation following the treatment.

Where can I learn more about CO2 laser treatment?

To learn more about this treatment and the benefits it can provide, contact us today and book a free consultation. We can go over some CO2 laser before and after images, address your specific skin issues, and answer any questions that you have.

Do I need any aftercare treatments?

Listen to your doctor, as they will give you some guidance regarding post-treatment skin care. Make sure you follow these guidelines to the letter and contact your doctor if you experience any issues during the recovery period.

How does CO2 laser treatment work?

The treatment works by removing the thin outer layer of skin (the epidermis) and heating the underlying skin (the dermis), to stimulate collagen growth. As the treated area heals, it appears smoother, tighter, and lighter.