The CO2 Candela Core is a fractional deep laser resurfacing treatment that removes layers of skin tissue in a method where columns of skin are removed, leaving the skin surrounding each column intact to aid in healing. CO2 Candela Core reduces age spots, freckles, liver spots, fine lines, wrinkles, scarring, uneven coloration, skin laxity, textural irregularities, dull tone, and a thinned collagen layer of the face, neck, and chest. CO2 does require time to heal, usually 7-14 days.
CO2 Candela Core 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, Dr. Carvajal may apply a topical anesthetic or inject local anesthetic or 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. Typically, only 1 treatment is necessary, but occasionally, even with the best care, another treatment may be necessary in a few years.