CO2 Laser
Resurfacing

Artistry Wellness Hawai ‘i is proud to be the only medspa in O‘ahu to offer Secret PRO CO2 laser to reduce sun damage, improve tone and texture & reduce the appearance of scars and crepey skin. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DOES FRACTIONATED CO2 LASER WORK?

A CO2 laser is a type of gas laser. Electricity is run through a gas-filled (carbon dioxide, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium) mirrored tube, stimulating the gas particles and producing an intense reflective beam of light.  A fractionated CO2 laser works by focusing microscopic beams of light into the skin in a grid pattern, targeting the top layer of the skin. The fractionation laser compared to traditional fully ablative lasers offer faster recovery and fewer side effects.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Because the laser targets water, a major component of the skin, it immediately vaporizes tissue when fired. Vaporized tissue removes brown spots, sun damage, textural concern such as pore size, scarring and crepey skin. The micro-wounds created by the laser stimulate a wound healing process that leads to collagen synthesis. Ultimately, this smoothens lines and tightens skin. Because there are small areas of “normal” skin between the micro wounds, healing is accelerated.

At Artistry Wellness Hawaii we offer three laser treatments options:

Secret Pro Ultra-Lite

Secret PRO Ultra-light is a CO2 gentle laser micro peel treatment that safely and effectively improves your skin tone and texture by gently resurfacing a thin outer layer of your skin. This treatment provides quality results that are tailored to your skin’s specific conditions. You’ll enjoy healthier-looking, refreshed skin, quickly and easily! Secret PRO Ultra-Light helps promote healthy skin and provides results for many common skin concerns, including; uneven skin tone and texture and overall complexion quality.

Secret Pro Ultra

The Secret PRO Ultra treatment utilizes CO2 laser energy to revitalize severely sun-damaged skin. The procedure is designed to deliver safe, effective, fractional skin resurfacing by treating multiple skin layers at the same time with precision and control. This single treatment provides long-lasting results customized to address your needs. This treatment reduces sun damage, improves skin texture, and promotes collagen production to reduce the appearance of scars and crepey skin through fractional skin resurfacing.

Secret Pro Revive

The Secret PRO Revive treatment combines CO2 laser energy with radio frequency (RF) microneedling to treat an incredible range of skin concerns all at once. While CO2 laser technology targets the outermost layers of the skin, the RF energy reaches into the deeper dermal layers. With the unique combination of these two technologies, your treatment can be customized to maximize the results of your specific aesthetic needs.

 

The combination of two technologies gives the Secret PRO Revive treatment the power to treat a wide range of conditions simultaneously. While the fractional RF microneedling penetrates deeper in the skin, the fractional CO2 laser resurfaces the top layers of the skin to improve the skin’s tone and texture. This combination treatment improves fine lines, wrinkles, scars, acne scars, stretch marks, skin texture, pore size, crepey skin, and sun-damaged skin.

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Healthy patients with realistic expectations who are seeking total skin rejuvenation or treatment of scars from surgery or acne are excellent candidates for fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing. Patients with active inflammatory skin conditions may require treatment of these conditions before lasering, and those with very dark skin are not good candidates because of a risk of changing the skin’s native color.

WHAT AREAS CAN I TREAT?

Treatable areas include face, body/neck, stretch marks and scars.

HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?

Topical numbing cream is applied for 30 minutes before the treatment to minimize any discomfort. The procedure itself takes approximately 20-40 minutes depending on the size of the area treated.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

Depending on your concerns, a single laser treatment or a series of treatments may be recommended. For patients with deep wrinkles, advanced photo-aging, stretch marks or acne scars it is recommended to receive at least 3 sessions at 4-6-week intervals.

Your Visit

BEFORE YOUR VISIT

​Four Weeks Prior 

  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners including spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.

One Week Prior 

  • Avoid taking medications or supplements that thin the blood—Aspirin, Fish Oil, Vitamin E, and any NSAID’s (Non Steroidal Anti inflammatory agents such as Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Naproxen). Please consult with your primary care physician/practitioner prior to discontinuing any medications. 

  • Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment

  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an anti-viral prescription prior to treatment

48 Hours Prior

  • Avoid skin irritants (examples below)

    • Products containing tretinoin, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids, vitamin C/ascorbic acid, astringents, etc.

24 Hours Prior

  • Do not drink alcohol. 

  • Avoid caffeine.

  • Plan your appointment well in advance and make sure you are not attending a party or a wedding venue for at least 1 week.

  • If you develop a cold / flu, cold sore, blemish, or rash, etc. in the area to be treated prior to your appointment, we recommend that you please reschedule your appointment until it resolves.

DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please arrive at the office with a "clean face"—makeup-free and washed.

  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved.

  • A topical anesthetic or "numbing cream" may be applied to the treatment area to maximize your comfort. Please arrive on time as this process may take anywhere from 15-30 minutes. 

  • Hydrate.

AFTER YOUR VISIT

  • Wait at least 1-3 before washing face or applying soap, cream or makeup to the treatment area, depending on the treatment.

  • Always use clean hands when touching the treated area. Face wash with a gentle cleanser (no exfoliating ingredients or acids such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, etc). Gently massage your face with tepid water so as to remove all serum and other debris, such as dried blood.

  • Gently pat skin dry with a clean towel.

  • After 2-3 days, or when comfortable, you can return to using your regular skin care products.

  • Avoid applying makeup for at least 24 hours after treatment.  Do not apply makeup with a makeup brush, sponge, or applicator that might not be clean.

  • For warmth, swelling, or discomfort, a cold compress, ice pack, cold vinegar soak (2 cups water + 1 tsp white vinegar) or Tylenol may be used. 

  • If an antibiotic or antiviral was prescribed for you, please take exactly as directed.

  • Peeling and skin flaking are common side effects that occur within 48-96 post treatment. Do not pick, rub, or peel off any skin during this healing process. These actions can result in hyperpigmentation, scarring  and/or infection. 

  • Do not use a Clarisonic or any other scrub brushes during peeling.

  • Avoid direct sunlight during the 2-3 days of healing. 

  • Avoid strenuous exercise and sweating until after skin is healed. In addition, limit activity in hot  tubs, extremely warm/ hot showers, and saunas.

  • After 48 hours, wear at minimum SPF 45-50 mineral or physical sunscreen with re-applications every 2 hours. We recommend skinbetter science sunscreens - compacts, stick, or lotions (available in tone smart or sheer).

  • Avoid alcohol-based toners for 10-14 days.

  • Avoid any other facial treatment for 4 weeks.  ​

  • Warning: If excessive swelling or signs of infection occur, please contact the office immediately. (Moderate swelling immediately post treatment is normal). Signs of infection include: 

  • Drainage that looks like pus

  • Increased warmth and/or redness around the treatment area 

  • Significant tenderness or pain around the treatment area 

  • Fever - Temperature of 100.5F or greater