The AcuPulse features state-of-the-art technology with 11 various modes for truly customizable treatments. Treatments can be deeper, with more healing and more downtime, or shallower, with less healing time. The deeper the treatment, the better the results, generally. However, some patients prefer to have more treatments that are less aggressive to shorten the recovery.

What Areas Can Be Treated with the AcuPulse CO2 Laser?

Common treatment areas include the upper and lower eyelids and crows feet, as well as the upper lip and chin. Some patients, especially those with deeper wrinkles and extensive sun damage, elect to treat the entire face. CO2 laser treatment is often combined with surgical procedures such as upper or lower blepharoplasty to make use of the downtime and further improve the results.


What Are the Benefits of Acupulse Co2 Treatment?

  • Significant results in only one treatment
  • Long-term results (2+ years)
  • Minimal risks of side effects and relatively short downtime
  • Precise treatment applicator, ideal for the most sensitive areas of the face, the neck

What kinds of problems can it improve?

  • Wrinkles – fine and deep
  • Crepey skin
  • Overall skin tone and texture
  • Acne scars
  • Sun damage and pigmentation
  • Enlarged pores
  • Benign skin lesions

The AcuPulse Laser Procedure

First, we numb the skin with a topical and/or local anesthetic. If desired, a mild oral sedative is also available for further comfort.

Next, the skin is cleaned. Protective eye shields are placed. During the treatment, you will feel a warm sensation in the area that is being treated. Some areas may experience the sensation of small rubber bands snapping. The duration depends on the surface area, an average of 30-40 minutes to treat the whole face. Once finished, the skin will feel warm, almost like a sunburn. You will get specific directions for a post-treatment proper skincare regimen.

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Am I a Candidate for Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Patients with lighter skin tones make the best candidates for laser resurfacing. During your consultation, we will ask you to fill out a questionnaire that will categorize your skin into a specific type.

Ablative laser resurfacing is not a good idea if you have active acne, as it can become more inflamed. Ablative laser resurfacing is also not recommended for darker skin tones, as there is a greater chance of post-procedure discoloration.

If you have a darker skin tone and want to improve your skin appearance, consider a non-ablative treatment such as ResurFX, microneedling, or chemical peels.

What Is the Recovery Timeline?

The recovery time varies depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment and can range from 5 to 10 days. Often there is some crusting, swelling, and scabbing during the early recovery. Once these resolve in a few days, mild to moderate redness is customary. Redness usually lasts for two weeks, improving to a pink hue and disappearing over time. More aggressive treatments may have longer-lasting redness. Makeup can be usually applied in 5-7 days after treatment after the skin is re-epithelialized.

When Will I See the Results?

You may see results as early as 2-3 weeks, but as with any treatment that works by stimulating collagen production, it may take 6-8 weeks to really start seeing meaningful improvement. The results continue to improve for 4-6 months after treatment and last up to 2 years.

Timing Your Laser Skin Resurfacing Treatment

Laser-treated skin is often more sensitive to sun exposure. Therefore, autumn and winter are considered “laser seasons” because that time allows 6-9 months before the sun comes out in full force. Wearing sunblock is advised after laser treatments, even during the fall and winter months. If you decide to have the treatment during the spring/summer months, you will have to be extra cautious and diligent with sun protection.

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During your consultation for laser skin resurfacing with board-certified surgeon Dr. Flora Levin, she will determine if you are an ideal candidate for the treatment. After examining your skin and a discussion about your treatment goals, she will be able to make her recommendation. If you are interested in laser skin resurfacing treatment, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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