Surgical Laser Resurfacing (CO2)

CO2 Skin Resurfacing in Santa Rosa, CA

With age, your skin will be affected by the effects of UV radiation, gravity, pollutants, and even routine facial movements which cause wrinkles and lines. With advanced laser technology, men and women can dramatically reduce unwanted lines and wrinkles. Dr. Greg Chernoff is a recognized leader and teacher in aesthetic skin rejuvenation, including Laser Skin Resurfacing or Laser Exfoliation techniques.

At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery’s Facial Center of Excellence, we offer CO2 laser resurfacing to remove the damaged outer layers of the skin. The CO2 Laser is effective in treating deeper wrinkles, lines and scars as compared to an erbium laser. This type of laser procedure can also be use around the eyes and mouth as well as the entire face area.

If you are looking for to reveal smoother, softer, and more youthful-looking skin, ask if CO2 Laser resurfacing will work for you.

What is Surgical Co2 Laser Resurfacing?

The CO2 laser is a type of an ablative laser. At Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery, our CO2 laser works by removing deeper layers of the damaged skin while stimulating the regeneration of the healthy layer underneath. The laser technology uses pulsed Fc, or scattered light beams, to remove the dead skin cells. The use of scattered light minimizes heat damage that the skin would otherwise be exposed to. Additionally, it allows a more powerful carbon dioxide laser to penetrate deep into the skin to remove creases and wrinkles.

As the epidermis heals and regrows, the treated area appears smoother and tighter. Types of ablative treatments include the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the erbium laser and combination.

Surgical CO2 laser resurfacing is a facial rejuvenation procedure that uses a laser to improve the skin’s appearance and treat facial scars and signs of visible facial aging.


Who Can Benefit From a Co2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure?

Good candidates for CO2 Laser Resurfacing are those individuals interested in addressing:

  • Fine wrinkles
  • Age spots
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Pigmentation
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Mild-to-moderate acne scars

Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery’s laser professionals can discuss with you if you are an appropriate candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing based on your skin type, skin color and cosmetic skin concerns.

How is a Co2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure Performed?

Dr. Chernoff will perform your laser resurfacing procedure using either a twilight sedation or general anesthetic. This allows Dr. Chernoff to address deeper lines and significantly improve uneven skin texture.

Dr. Chernoff uses a hand-piece to precisely focus the millisecond long pulses of concentrated laser light into the targeted epidermis and mid-dermis of the skin. These quick blasts will remove the damaged top layer of skin, as well as stimulate new collagen formation. Wrinkles, fine lines, and scars are eradicated as the existing protein and dense elastic fibers are decreased. The results can range from subtle to dramatic, depending on the desires of a specific patient.*

Patients are discharged with a facial dressing, which is usually left on for the first night. When removed the next day, the skin will have a sun-burned appearance. This will last from four to seven days, depending on the depth of exfoliation performed. During this time, patients are given detailed information on how to care for their skin. A new layer of skin appears in four to seven days.*

There may be a slight redness to the skin, which may last several months depending on the condition of a patient’s skin, the depth of the peel, and the specific laser used.*

Dr. Chernoff’s team of expertly trained aestheticians and make-up artists will professionally assist you in camouflaging discoloration during the healing process.

Preparing for Co2 Laser Surgery

Prior to any surgical procedure, Dr. Chernoff recommends that all our patients read our “Patient Guide for Plastic Surgery”. The guide explains important points that all patients should think about as they are considering a procedure.

What Results Can You Expect After Your Co2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure?

Patients can expect to see smoother skin that has fewer wrinkles and lines. Since the CO2 laser resurfacing procedure removes damaged skin layers. For patients with acne scars or other skin imperfections, CO2 laser resurfacing is an effective procedure for a healthy, renewed and glowing skin. Dr. Chernoff at this Facial Center of Excellence can help you look “Your Natural Best!”

Are There Non-surgical or Minimally Invasive Facial Renewal Procedures?

For patients that are not a candidate for laser resurfacing or who are interested in a minimally invasive facial procedure we offer DOT laserlight therapiesdermabrasionpeels and exfoliations, and a variety of facials.

Why Dr. Greg Chernoff’s Facial Center of Excellence for Your Co2 Laser Resurfacing Procedure?

When considering cosmetic surgery, finding the right surgeon can mean the difference between great results and less than optimal results. Board certification, advanced training and skills, along with years of experience are important factors to consider when selecting your facial cosmetic surgeon. You only have one face and you want to be sure to select the “best” plastic surgeon for your procedure.

At Dr. Chernoff’s Facial Center of Excellence, you can be reassured that he has the appropriate surgical certifications, extensive knowledge, experience, surgical skill and aesthetic vision. Dr. Chernoff is a renowned aesthetic surgeon and educator.

You can trust your laser procedure to Dr. Chernoff, a triple board certified facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon. He is certified by The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, The American Board of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Chernoff is a leader in aesthetic skin rejuvenation, the research performed by Dr. Chernoff and his team have changed the way other physicians practice laser skin restoration procedures. Doctors worldwide routinely seek out advice and instruction from Dr. Chernoff on his unique Laser Exfoliation techniques. He has published numerous articles and studies on Laser Therapy.

Dr. Chernoff has performed hundreds of cosmetic surgeries, laser and light source procedures for men and women in Santa Rosa, CA and the surrounding communities for over 20 years.

Following your laser resurfacing procedure, Dr. Chernoff and his dedicated team of recovery and after care nurses will provide you with specific instructions regarding the best way to care for your specific procedure. Following Dr. Chernoff’s post-surgery instructions is important as you will receive details on addressing swelling and bruising and managing any discomfort.

*Results may vary and are not guaranteed. Contact Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery to see if you are a candidate.