KH Plastic Surgery

Conveniently located to serve New York City and Long Island

The Phoenix Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment can produce dramatic, lasting results in just one treatment. CO2 laser resurfacing in New York City diminishes sun spots and age spots, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and can minimize scarring on the face and hands. It also imparts a balanced skin tone and tightened skin.

How Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Work?

This facial rejuvenation process works by removing sections of the epidermis, which is the outermost layer of the skin. The laser energy also heats up the inner layer of the skin (called the dermis).

This encourages the production of collagen, which improves overall skin tone and texture. Collagen is essential for maintaining skin elasticity and structural strength. Leaving untouched sections of epidermis allows these sections to aid in the healing process for faster recovery. This is the advantage of fractional laser procedures.

The epidermal layer heals and regrows after treatment, which gives the skin a tighter and smoother appearance.

Before the Procedure

During a consultation at KH Plastic Surgery, expect your doctor to ask questions about your general health, any current medical conditions, and any previous cosmetic treatments. You will also need to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking and any allergies.

Be prepared for a physical examination. The doctor will check your skin to understand factors such as tone, thickness, and scarring tendency. These factors help the doctor estimate the extent of the results.

You will be asked to avoid smoking and sun exposure in the days leading up to your CO2 laser resurfacing treatment session.

During the Procedure

The CO2 laser resurfacing procedure can take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours. First, you will be given medication to numb the treatment area. In the case of extensive facial resurfacing, sedation may be required.

Your doctor uses a handpiece to target the treatment area with an intense laser beam. This energy removes the epidermis and heats up the dermal layer beneath. Once the procedure is complete, your doctor will use a water-resistant and airtight dressing to cover the area.


After CO2 laser resurfacing, the treated skin usually becomes itchy, swollen, or sore. You may also be prescribed pain-relieving medications.

It takes 2 to 3 weeks for new skin to form and healing to be complete. Your doctor will advise you to avoid cosmetic products during recovery, since they can irritate the skin. Avoiding heavy sun exposure is key, since the new skin will be temporarily more prone to sun damage. Proper sunscreen is vital.


The treated area remains pinkish or reddish for several months. As the area begins to heal, changes in skin appearance and texture become evident. The results of CO2 laser resurfacing usually last for years.

How Much Does CO2 Laser Resurfacing Cost?

The price of this treatment is dependent on several factors. CO2 laser resurfacing cost is based on the issues being treated, anesthesia costs, and other factors.

Contact Us Today

Fractional CO2 lasers can be customized to each patient’s individual needs, so call today to schedule a free consultation to see if you are a good candidate for Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing in New York City.


At KH Plastic Surgery, our goal is to use artistry, state of the art techniques and a scientific approach to extract a patient's underlying beauty. We believe that internal satisfaction can often be achieved through external self-appreciation.

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