This treatment is intended for both men and women. Laser energy is a proven method to reduce unwanted hair from your skin. At Urbana Advanced Aesthetics, our results are long lasting, discomfort is tolerable, and side effects are minimal for skin and hair.
Energy from this laser interacts with the pigment in hair but not the pigment in skin. This allows us to remove the hair without heating the skin. The Comet uses both laser and radio frequency energy to remove dark and some of the light hair in patients with light skin. The laser cannot treat white, blond, or grey hair.
The first step is to cover the target area with an ultrasound gel. Then your provider applies pulses of laser energy to your skin. During this time your skin feels like a rubber band snap or a momentary hot spot. A stream of cool air minimizes discomfort and prevents side effects. Topical anesthetic is also available for purchase in store only for a $15 fee. Our clinical staff will apply a (one time) topical anesthetic to the area being treated. Treatment time is 10 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the target area.
*Follow-up treatments are performed at 4 to 8-week intervals.
You can expect removal of 30% to 90% of your hair after 3 to 10 laser treatments. The rest of the hair grows back and requires follow-up treatments. Not all hair is removed in a single treatment because hair strands exist at different growth stages, some in which hair is pigmented and others in which hair is not pigmented. To be absorbed by laser energy, hair strands must have pigment. Hair strands in a non-pigmented growth stage cannot interact with laser energy and will not be removed until they reach a growth stage in which they are pigmented. As you may suspect, white hair and light-colored hair require more treatments than dark hair. For these reasons we can’t guarantee removal of 100% of hair.
The location of hair also affects their ease of removal. Hair in the underarms, bikini line, and legs are easy to remove, while facial hair requires multiple treatments due to hormonal effects.
LASERS USE HIGHLY CONCENTRATED BEAMS OF LIGHT ENERGY TO IMPROVE THE SKIN’S TONE, TEXTURE AND APPEARANCE.
C02 Fractional Laser Resurfacing removes layers of skin tissue in a fractionated method (columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing) to help reduce “age-spots” (also called sun freckles, liver spots, and lentigines), fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest.
CO2 is the best treatment if you wish to get the most results with one treatment. If you have the ability to take some time to heal (7-14 days), having this one treatment is like having multiple other non-invasive treatments at once. It is also the best single treatment for advanced skin damage and wrinkling.
CO2 is an in-office procedure that requires pre and post-treatment medications to ensure proper healing and comfort during the procedure. Discomfort varies on the depth of the treatment. For your comfort during the treatment, we may apply a topical anesthetic or inject local anesthetic and/or tumescent anesthetic and prescribe sedative medications to reduce discomfort. After the treatment most patients describe the post-procedure feeling as a bad sunburn for about 12 hours to 2 days. Please also follow the instructions for all other prescribed pain medication is needed post treatment. We also recommend pain or relaxation medications prior to treatment therefore you will need to have somebody drive you home after treatment.
Typically one laser treatment with C02 is recommended. Occasionally, in an area that cannot be treated aggressively, we may need to do more than one treatment to optimize results. Maintenance treatments may also be necessary to maintain results, especially if sun is not avoided or proper skin care used. Occasionally, even with the best care, another treatment may be necessary in a few years (in the area around the eyes, it may only be 1-2 years).
How do I know if I need CO2?
Anyone who has sun damaged, aging skin, irregularly pigmented skin, wrinkles, sagging, irregular texture of the skin or other skin condition that could be expected to be improved with this treatment that understands the risks, costs and time necessary to achieve the full benefit of the procedure and who has realistic expectations of the ultimate outcome.
This is not a good treatment for skin of color. The reason is that this is an aggressive treatment that does result in prolonged healing of the surface. Pigmented skin tends to heal with hyperpigmentation and that does occur with this procedure upwards of 30% of the time. It can take many months of topical treatments and sometimes additional laser treatments to correct this. If this treatment is to be undertaken on dark skin, it will need to be part of a series of gentler treatments and not a single treatment.
This is also not a treatment for any woman who is pregnant or anyone who has been treated with isotretinoin (or Accutane) within 6 months. In addition, if there are any conditions resulting in delayed or abnormal healing or a history of cold sores or herpes virus it is important to tell your physician at the pre-treatment stage to prevent complications.