CO2 Laser Resurfacing

CO2 Laser Resurfacing | Acne scarring treatment | Sun Damage | Skin rejuvenation


CO2 laser resurfacing is a procedure performed mostly by dermatologists for patients who wish to improve the general quality of the skin and address problematic conditions such as acne scarring.

Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars and Skin Rejuvenation


CO2 laser resurfacing became a more popular treatment option when fractional technology emerged.  The term fractional refers to the use of multiple small columns of laser beams with spaces in between rather than larger beams which target the entire surface of the skin.  This allows the surrounding untreated skin to be a source of stem cells and growth factors to regenerate the laser treated skin.


Fractionated technology has allowed more intense settings to be used, reducing damage to the top layer of the skin (the epidermis) and enhancing collagen production.  This means that the treatment is most ideal for conditions such as acne scarring and sun induced ageing of the skin (photoageing).  The skin undergoes regeneration and recontouring to even out imperfections resulting from rolling, atrophic, and ice-pick scars. This treatment can also enhance the general texture and tone of the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

C02 Laser Settings

We provide CO2 laser at different settings to target specific skin concerns as below.   

Level 1

C02 can improve overall skin complexion and gives the skin a ‘glow’. It can enhance the texture and tone of the skin.  The down-time is 1 day of mild redness and peeling.

Level 2

CO2 can help with mild freckling, early fine lines, mild textural concerns & allows for modest volumisation. The down-time is 4-6 days of redness and mild peeling.  

Level 3

CO2 used in severe acne scarring, moderate textural concerns, moderate fine lines, severe sun-damage and photo-rejuvenation. The downtime is 1-2 weeks of swelling, redness, weeping and scabbing. 

Melbourne Skin & Dermatology is not currently offering this treatment.

Is CO2 laser resurfacing painful? 

Patient discomfort levels depend on the CO2 Level mode used.  To minimise discomfort, your practitioner will administer the most appropriate anaesthetic for you. This may include topical anaesthetic, a cooling device or local anaesthetic. 

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