Fractional CO2 Laser for Sun Damage

Jan. 11, 2020 1:27 pm | by Dr. M. Tahsini

Fractional CO2 Laser for Sun Damage; A Guide for Torrance & South Bay Locals

Fractional CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing at Skin Works Medical Spa in Torrance

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, Sun damage is a problem among many Americans. However, there are a few basic things you can do to protect your skin from future sun damage. Further, in this post, we will also discuss possible treatments like laser skin resurfacing, fractional laser, or other laser procedures. So whether you are trying to treat your sun damage or your acne scars, you can decide if you are a good candidate or not. Then, you will be informed about the recovery time, the healing process, and the downtime and costs.

First things, first!


Protect your skin by wearing covering clothing, a hat, and sunscreen.

Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher that is water-resistant. Wear it daily and apply it to the skin for about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside. Reapply sunscreen every hour and a half after you sweat or swim. Educate yourself on different types of sunscreens here!


  • Use a foundation that has sunscreen and apply it over your sunscreen.
  • Stay indoors when the sun’s rays are the strongest, which is typically between 10 AM and 2 PM

Even if you cannot completely erase sun damage, you can reduce the visible signs of sun damage!


Fractional CO2 laser and ablative laser therapy help rebuild and rejuvenate your skin while reducing sun damage, uneven skin tone, unwanted blemishes, fine lines, wrinkles, and scarring.

Skin Works’ Fractional CO2 uses the power of carbon dioxide to evaporate the top layers of the skin.


These dermis layers tend to accumulate damage over the years, usually in the form of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, wrinkles, fine lines, and scars. By removing these damaged skin layers, CO2 lasered skin allows the body to create new skin cells rich in collagen. This process addresses small areas of skin at a time, leaving the surrounding skin and tissue untouched.

One of Skin Work’s highly trained medical professionals will apply a medical-grade topical numbing cream to the treatment site.


The Fractional CO2 laser treatment is a mildly uncomfortable procedure. The number of CO2 laser resurfacing and Ablative fractional therapies depends on the condition of the skin at the time of treatment. Typically, three to five 30-minute sessions are sufficient.

After your Fractional CO2 laser treatment, your skin will likely look red, peeling, scaly, and feel tender like a sunburn.


These side effects may subside within a few hours or linger for a couple of days. This depends on the depth of your procedure and how your body heals. During this time, you should follow all post-procedure instructions, including applications of ice to minimize swelling and topical moisturizers designed to promote healing to the dermis. Most patients will not feel comfortable returning to social situations for 3 to 5 days until these side effects have resolved.

Fractional CO2 laser treatments should be between 4 to 6 weeks apart based on your skin conditions.


The skin in the treatment area must be completely healed between sessions. At Skin Works Medical Spa, our skilled medical professionals will help you come up with a schedule to get maximum results in the least time possible! If you live in the South Bay area, Torrance, Manhattan Beach, or Redondo Beach, just call and see when the next Fractional CO2 Free consultation is available!

Individuals who are pregnant, have an active cold sore, or have taken Accutane within the past six months are not the best candidates for the Fractional CO2 laser treatment.


Our very own board-certified doctor, Dr. Matt Tahsini recommends discussing the details with a qualified medical professional.

Our skilled medical professionals at Skin Works Medical Spa will assess your current health, medical history, and aesthetic goals to determine whether Fractional CO2 Laser is a good fit for you.

Our evaluation process is always free of charge and comes with zero purchase obligation.

Not sure if Fractional CO2 Laser is right for your skin type? Call now and book your FREE Laser Genesis consultation at Skin Works Medical Spa in Torrance! Get the opinion of a board-certified doctor, like Dr. Matt Tahsini! When it comes to smoothing wrinkles, reducing pore size, laser genesis skin therapy is one of the best laser treatments available.

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